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Date: Mar 19, 2020

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Requisition No: 160061 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: VETERINARIAN II - 77071374

Position Number: 77071374 

Salary:  $60,000 to $70,000 depending on experience 

Posting Closing Date: 04/30/2020 

                                                                                                                            *** Anticipated Vacancy ***


Veterinarian II



The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), invites applications for a Veterinarian II in the Fish and Wildlife Health subsection, who will function as part of an integrated Florida panther management and research team.  This position is based out of Naples, Florida.



Panther biomedical management

The incumbent will be responsible for veterinary and biomedical components of the Florida Panther Recovery Program, including: participating in the investigation of the ongoing neurological condition affecting bobcats and panthers; assisting with the design and implementation of approved panther biomedical studies; participating in and making medical and anesthetic decisions associated with the capture and immobilization of panthers; processing, analyzing, and preserving biological samples from panthers; conducting post-mortem examinations of panthers; acting as a liaison for veterinary issues with other entities cooperating with the FWC in panther activities; providing emergency immobilization and treatment training and equipment to biologists and others responding to panther emergencies; assisting with the placement and oversight of captive panthers; and preparing reports and submitting manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.

Panther management

The incumbent will participate in investigations of human-panther interactions or suspected panther depredations; serve in on-call status on weekends in rotation with other Panther Team members for the purpose of responding to panther related calls; provide panther information to constituents, FWC personnel, other State, Federal and local agencies; and work with Community Relations staff to produce news releases, social media, and web content.

Panther Research

The incumbent will assist with monitoring panther prey health, investigating mortality events, and assisting with disease surveillance in prey species; track radio-collared Florida panthers from the ground and fixed-winged aircraft using radio telemetry techniques; and assist with panther research projects as required.



Candidates must have eligibility for licensure as a Veterinarian by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida Statute 474 and two years of professional experience as a veterinarian. Must be eligible for DEA licensure. 

**Preference may be given to candidates that possess a strong background in terrestrial wildlife ecology and diseases with a degree in one of the physical or natural sciences.



Knowledge of: management principles and practices; principles, techniques and equipment used in veterinary medicine; principles and techniques of wildlife capture, immobilization, and anesthesia; principles and techniques of bacteriology, virology, microbiology, parasitology, clinical pathology; veterinary diagnostic principles and techniques; animal diseases, their symptoms and treatment; animal anatomy, physiology and pathology; and management principles and practices; principles, techniques and equipment used in field wildlife ecology. Skilled in: the use of veterinary laboratory instruments and equipment; immobilization equipment; and radio-telemetry.  Ability to:  determine work priorities, assign work and ensure proper completion of work assignments; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; conduct, analyze and interpret veterinary diagnostic tests; work independently; solve problems and make decisions; and understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to veterinary medicine. Additional KSAs needed include: Skilled in radio telemetry techniques from ground and fixed-winged aircraft. Knowledge of orienteering skills and ability to navigate through the field utilizing maps, compass, and GPS. Ability to operate 4WD vehicles, swamp buggies and ATV’s in remote areas and through difficult terrain. Ability to carry large backpacks weighing up to 60 lbs. through rough terrain and vegetation for a mile or more.  Ability to apply knowledge and skills of panther and wildlife sign detection and interpretation techniques in the investigation of human-panther interactions or suspected panther depredations. Ability to communicate empathetically with constituents when dealing with depredations. Ability to use computer word-processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and geographic information system software packages. Exhibit effective verbal and written skills.  Ability to prepare scientific reports, peer-reviewed manuscipts, agency reports, white papers and popular articles.



The position is Career Service FTE (full time employee).


Benefits applicable to FTE employees:

  • Paid leave (sick leave, annual leave, etc.)
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation)
  • Participation in state group insurance- voluntary
  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary



To be eligible for consideration, applicants must complete the following by midnight on the closing date listed: submit an electronic State of Florida employment application at  or, complete the qualifying questions, and attach a current CV or resume and a cover letter. The cover letter should explain your interest in FWC and this position, detail relevant experience, and identify how you meet the required KSAs for the position. If you experience technical difficulties during the application process, please call People First at 1-877-562-7287. 

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.  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: Naples