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Date:  Mar 8, 2023


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Requisition No: 790631 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77072975 

Salary:  $1,478.06 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 03/22/2023 

Working Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

Salary: $1,478.06 bi-weekly

Position number: 77072975

Class Code:  5074

Program Broad Band Code:  19-1023-03

Level of Education: A Bachelor’s degree or higher, in a life or physical science

Region: South Central

County: Polk

Working hours: 40hrs/week

List of any subordinates supervised: None

Residency requirement: None

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Division: Habitat and Species Conservation

Section:  Invasive Plant Management

Sub-section: Field Operations


Address: 2001 Homeland-Garfield Rd, Bartow, FL 33830

Supervisor: Brittany Lay


****In addition to submitting a completed State of Florida electronic application and completing the qualifying questions, applicants must attach a cover letter and up to date resume. Submitted cover letter should at a minimum explain your interest in working in invasive plant management and identify your most relevant skills and experience.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.****


Description of position:


This position is responsible for assessing aquatic plant populations, recommending and permitting aquatic and upland plant control programs for both the private and public sectors, attending meetings, providing educational and informational services, scheduling contractor work schedules, monitoring aquatic plant control operations, providing extension services upon request, and conducting investigations for violations of the aquatic plant permitting rules.  Persons applying for this position should be comfortable working independently in the field, have experience trailering and operating boats and ATVs and have experience in plant identification and the control of invasive species. Experience with public speaking or presenting information to the public and/or professional peer groups is preferred.


It is expected that all FWC employees courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have on matters relating to the Commission, its programs or fish and wildlife conservation in general; and garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.



Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position: 

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:


  • ability to work well in a fast-paced work climate, and to adhere to regulatory time constraints;
  • knowledge of invasive plant management principles and practices;
  • ability to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to plant management.
  • familiarity with nonnative species issues;
  • demonstrated technical writing ability;
  • public speaking;
  • experience working with the public and/or stakeholder representatives;
  • on occasion, the ability to travel for several days at a time throughout Florida.

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. 

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