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OPS Biological Scientist I - 77900686

Date: Feb 15, 2021

Location: PANAMA CITY, FL, US, 32502

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Requisition No: 309221 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Biological Scientist I - 77900686

Position Number: 77900686 

Salary:  $16.00 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 03/08/2021 

480 hours/year - $16.00/hour 

OPS Northwest CWA Biological Scientist I

Position Number: 77900686


Address: Critical Wildlife Areas around Tyndall AFB (Bay and Walton Counties), 3911 Hwy 2321 Panama City, FL  


Supervisor:  Nick Vitale, 77902448


Description of Duties: One (1) Biological Scientist I position is available in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Northwest region with work occurring primarily at Tyndall AFB, Bay and Walton Counties.


Wildlife Surveys:  Independently perform surveys of nesting and roosting seabird, shorebird, and wading bird populations through adult, nest, egg, and chick counts at areas near Critical Wildlife Areas in Walton and Bay Counties. Enter nesting and roosting data according to protocols outlined on the Florida Shorebird Database.  

Management Practices:  Work independently in posting sites near Critical Wildlife Areas and maintaining posted areas around nests throughout the nesting season, especially immediately after storm events or other disturbance events. Record GPS locations for posted areas and transfer the georeferenced data to spatial software such as Google Earth or ArcGIS.

Public and Partner Coordination: Communicate regularly with partners and the public on conservation activities. Respond professionally and effectively to questions and concerns. Work closely with existing partners, including Tyndall Air Force Base and Audubon Florida staff, to improve appreciation and support for Critical Wildlife Areas.

Surveillance and Stewardship:  Responsible for overseeing and maintaining closure of posted areas and educating the public, especially during times of high beach usage, and immediately following storm or other disturbance events.

Written reports: Provide detailed and real-time written reports regarding nesting species population status, management needs, and other relevant information to supervisor.

This is a part-time seasonal, field position beginning Late March 2020 and will last throughout the nesting season (approximately mid-August). Work hours are up to 20 hours a week, depending on workload, with total hours for the season not to exceed 480. Work will mostly be conducted on foot or ATV. Some surveys will be conducted by boat with non-game staff of law enforcement. No office space or housing will be provided. Candidate must provide their own transportation to the regional office and have access to a computer for purposes of data entry and communications. Candidate must be able to work on some weekends and Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays.

Broadband Code: 19-1029-01

Class Code: 5033

Category: 030000

Pay rate: $16.00/hr

Region: Northwest

Title: OPS Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist I

Working Title: Northwest CWA Biologist

County: Bay and Walton

Working Hours: variable

List of Subordinates Supervised: N/A

Residency Requirement: None

Level of Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a biological science or related field


Other Requirements

The ideal candidate will have strong seabird and shorebird identification skills. Experience with ATVs is preferred. Candidate should have a highly flexible work schedule and can work with little direct supervision, in remote locations, and under hot and humid weather conditions. Strong interpersonal skills for communicating with the public and partners preferred. Applicants must possess a valid Driver’s License.

Please provide a cover letter and resume when applying for the position.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Pensacola