Date:  May 21, 2023


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Requisition No: 796229 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000518 

Salary:  $1,478.06 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 06/16/2023 

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check


Position number: 77000518

Title: Fisheries & WIldlife Biological Scientist III

Address : 3900 Drane Field Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811. 



Description of Duties:


FWC’s Wildlife and Habitat Management Section is seeking a motivated applicant who is willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions throughout the year in fulfillment of their job responsibilities.  As the cooperative area manager of Green Swamp, Lower Hillsborough, and Upper Hillsborough Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the incumbent will be responsible for the administration of public hunts and other wildlife and public use related duties including hunting check station management, biological data collection, wildlife surveys, infrastructure establishment and maintenance, campground maintenance, and various other land management tasks as needed. As the lead area manager of Little Gator Creek Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA), the incumbent will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the WEA with wildlife habitat management and public use administration as the principal goal.  Wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance is primarily accomplished by applying prescribed fire, mechanical vegetation treatments, and exotic plant control.


Other responsibilities of this position include the effective supervision of subordinates, development and revision of long-range, comprehensive management plans, annual work plans, budget proposals, area regulations, and reports.  Incumbent will work with other staff to enhance wildlife habitat and promote compatible recreational use for the general public. Incumbent will periodically participate in team meetings, seminars, workshops, and public outreach events relating to wildlife resource management or other training opportunities.


Persons applying for this position should be familiar with hunting and hunter check stations, have strong team leadership skills, be comfortable working independently in the field, and have experience in prescribed burning, plant identification, and exotic plant control.  The ability to operate ATVs and other field equipment is preferred.  There is currently no field office associated with this position, so incumbent’s office will be their home.



        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work well with team members and members of the public. Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include:


  • knowledge of wildlife ecology, game management, wildlife and habitat surveying and inventory
  • knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire
  • knowledge and experience with chemical and mechanical control of vegetation
  • ability to identify common and imperiled species
  • ability to write technical reports
  • ability to operate outdoors under inclement weather conditions
  • ability to work productively unsupervised
  • knowledge of ArcGIS and GPS and its application
  • strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with cooperators, coworkers, and constituents
  • skilled in use of Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

Rate of Pay: $1,478.06 biweekly

Broadband code: 19-1023-03

Class code: 5074

Region: SW

Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III

County: Sumter/Polk/Pasco

Working hours: 8am – 5pm with occasional assignments outside of normal daily working hours.

List of any subordinates supervised:  1 Fish and Wildlife Technician and seasonal check station operators

Residency requirement: Must reside within a 25-mile radius of the Green Swamp WMA.  

Level of Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the life or physical sciences and two years of professional biological experience; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the life or physical sciences and one year of professional experience as described above; (a specific degree in wildlife management/science/conservation/ecology is strongly recommended).


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Lakeland