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Date: Aug 5, 2019

Location: OKEECHOBEE, FL, US, 34974

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Requisition No: 70637 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000932 

Salary:  $45,507.28 annually plus benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 08/26/2019 



TITLE:                        Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist IV            


SECTION:                  Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management                   


LOCATION:                Okeechobee Field Office
                                  3391 SE 27th Court
                                  Okeechobee, FL 34974


SALARY:                     $45,507.28 annually plus benefits


SUPERVISOR:            Ryan Hamm, Section Leader
                                  (352) 620-7341




***Pending Vacancy***




This position is part of a regional team with FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management and is located in Okeechobee, FL. The selected candidate will represent the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management (DFFM) on issues concerning Lake Okeechobee and surrounding watersheds as needed and provide input to South Florida Water Management District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Lake Okeechobee water level management and schedules. 


Establish and maintain stakeholder contacts with anglers, fish camps, local governmental officials, fishing guides, outdoor media, and fishing clubs to ensure effective, two-way communication relative to FWC programs and projects. 


Coordinate with Regional Freshwater Fisheries Administrator and Division of Habitat and Species Conservation (HSC) staff to develop aquatic restoration, enhancement, aquatic plant management, and other projects that emphasize improving or maintaining sport fish populations, angler access or the creation of new fishing opportunities. 


Assist Regional Freshwater Fisheries staff in developing partnerships in aquatic resource management projects with federal, state and local agencies and stakeholders; serve as DFFM representative on intra- and inter-agency groups as assigned; administer the Lake Okeechobee commercial haul seine program for the Division; and collaborate with HSC’s Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement and Invasive Plant Management personnel to maintain expertise in those areas. 


Conduct surveys and assist with fish community and angler utilization sampling; identify ongoing and proposed aquatic restoration, enhancement or aquatic plant management sites to determine actual or potential effects to freshwater sportfish population; handle data compilation and analysis to inform management decisions; compose necessary reports to meet the needs of state and federal level reporting.



Knowledge Skills and Abilities:  


  • Knowledge of the principles of fish and wildlife ecology and management
  • Knowledge of fish and wildlife habitat restoration
  • Knowledge of fish and wildlife research applications
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software applications
  • Skill in the use of scientific and field equipment
  • Skill in personnel development
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work with internal and external technical personnel, managers, government officials, riparian land owners and other stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to fish and wildlife management
  • Ability to travel overnight and work flexible hours to meet project objectives




  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science.
  • Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check. The criminal history check must be completed prior to or within the first thirty days of employment.




  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and three years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or,
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional experience as described above; or,
  • A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences.



In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to submit a current resume and cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the position.



FWC is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce. We recognize the extensive training, experience, and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions.



Jessica Bowling

(850) 617-9526

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: Okeechobee