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Date:  Nov 26, 2022


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Requisition No: 764881 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000090 

Salary:  $1,478.06 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 12/05/2022 


Position number: 77000090

Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

Salary: $1,478.06 bi-weekly + benefits

Supervisor: Maria Merrill

Description of Duties:

This position is within the Marine/Estuarine Subsection (MESS) and Aquatic Habitat Restoration/Enhancement (AHRE) Subsection of the Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section (AHCR). This position will serve as a project manager within the South and Southwest Florida AHCR multidisciplinary team for aquatic habitat restoration/enhancement of public waterbodies and wetlands to benefit fish and wildlife, including marine, estuarine, and freshwater resources along the Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida from the Manatee River to Cape Sable, and inland. The position holder will:

  • Coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholder groups to identify, develop, and implement wetland and aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects. Candidate will also be responsible for identifying and developing their own projects. 
  • Pursue grant funding for identified restoration and enhancement projects and with internal and external organization partners. Manage awarded grants to implement habitat restoration and enhancement projects.
  • Implement restoration projects, including procuring permits, managing contracts, and overseeing construction.
  • Work across FWC divisions and cooperate with other federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and others as appropriate to implement FWC’s aquatic habitat conservation and restoration program, including participating in and providing input to internal (FWC sponsored) and external (non-FWC sponsored) groups to address issues such as non-native species, resource conservation, environmental resource permitting, public outreach and imperiled species as they relate to aquatic habitat.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of wetland and aquatic habitat monitoring and sampling to evaluate and predict environmental response to project activities in coordination with other FWC personnel and external partners. 
  • Create and maintain databases of collected scientific data and maps of project areas using appropriate computer software, including GPS hardware and GIS programs.
  • Prepare, publish and present project management plans and relevant project findings through internal (reports and management plans) and external (peer-reviewed publications, professional and public meeting, etc.) outlets related to estuarine and marine habitat conservation activities including, but not limited to, restoration projects, resource monitoring and biological resource surveys.
  • Provide oral presentations regarding FWC’s aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement efforts in the region.
  • Manage regional budgets and supervise OPS grant funded field staff.
  • Work independently with limited supervision.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate processing and or approval, as appropriate, of vendor invoices and warrants for payment of goods received or services rendered. Responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S., related to State Comptroller’s rules and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures. Meet assigned deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Perform other project-related duties and tasks as directed by supervisor.  Maintain all assigned vehicles, boats, and field and laboratory equipment in working condition.  Assist with other AHCR and Commission projects as necessary. Assist with prescribed fire application to wetlands for habitat management (prescribed fire experience is preferred).
  • Acquire and maintain FWC Scientific SCUBA certification.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities Required for the Position:


Qualified applicants will have a strong background in aquatic resource management and aquatic habitat enhancement methods. Knowledge of terminology, principles, and techniques used in biological research, analysis, or testing; knowledge of data collection methods; ability to collect, record, and analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences; ability to conduct aquatic (freshwater and/or marine) habitat restoration projects, biological studies or analyses using valid scientific methods and techniques; ability to perform quantitative analyses of scientific data; ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to write technical reports and pursue grant funding for restoration projects; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, the public and other stakeholders; ability to work independently with limited supervision; knowledge of freshwater, marine and/or estuarine ecosystems; ability to travel occasionally and conduct in-water surveys of estuarine and marine natural resources; proficiency with small boat and trailer handling and use of environmental sampling gear; ability to spend long hours in or on the water in various weather conditions; ability to perform rigorous activities in aquatic environments; ability to effectively swim and be comfortable in the water;  ability to supervise subordinates effectively; and, knowledge of personal computers and related software.


Other job-related requirements for this position:

The ability to spend long hours in and on the water in various weather conditions on a year-round basis. Physical stamina to perform rigorous activities in aquatic environments. The ability to effectively swim and be comfortable in the water.



Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite): Valid state driver’s license required. SCUBA open water or advanced open water certification and Boater’s Safety certifications preferred.

Broadband Code: 19-1023-03

Class Code: 5074

Region : Southwest 

Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

County: Manatee to Collier Office

Location: Port Charlotte

Working Hours: M-F, 8 AM – 5 PM (Hours may vary with workload and may require work on weekends and non-traditional hours.)

Residency Requirement: N/A

Subordinates Supervised: None

Level of Education:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in one of the biological sciences (required) and two years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program OR a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional experience (preferred) OR a Doctorate from an accredited university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences. 

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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