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ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST-FWC - 77070373

Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, US, 33701

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Requisition No: 51726 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST-FWC - 77070373

Position Number: 77070373 

Salary:  $53,045 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 01/22/2019 

Section: Marine Fisheries Research

 

Subsection: Fisheries Dependent Monitoring

 

Location:  St. Petersburg, FL

 

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is seeking a well-qualified applicant to oversee the conduct of a large-scale survey of recreational fisheries and provide timely analyses and catch estimates in support of management needs. The selected candidate will work cooperatively with other scientific staff. The successful candidate will:

  • Oversee conduct of a large-scale fishery dependent survey and produce timely estimates of total effort, landings and discards for marine recreational fisheries.
  • Analyze trends in fishing effort and catch, conduct complex analyses, and develop predictive models and other tools that may be used to inform fishery management decisions.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to develop and test new methods designed to increase response rates, improve efficiency and reduce costs of fishery dependent surveys; and improve the accuracy and precision of resulting estimates of fishing effort and catch-per-unit-effort.
  • Seek funding opportunities and develop grant proposals for pilot testing new survey methods.
  • Assist state and regional stock assessment analysts and fishery managers by providing data sets, analyses, and supporting documents as needed. 
  • Respond to assistance requests from the public in a timely fashion.  
  • Manage large data sets and enhance or implement new quality control check procedures. 
  • Represent the state of Florida on regional committees and working groups responsible for collecting, standardizing, and disseminating fishery dependent data.
  • Disseminate results of research and analyses at professional meetings, in peer-reviewed publications, and to the public through outreach and communication products.
  • Supervise assigned personnel

 

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and four years of professional experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and three 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 physical or natural sciences or mathematics and one year of professional experience as described above.

 

Preferred Selection Criteria:

Candidates with a graduate level degree in fisheries science or closely related field and professional fisheries research experience in survey design, fishing effort and catch estimation, statistical analysis and modeling are encouraged to apply and may be given preference. Applicants with a successful history of writing, including grant proposals, reports, and peer-reviewed manuscripts are encouraged to apply.

 

Required, entry-level knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of survey design, random sampling methods, sample weighting and expansion methods, and error propagation.
  • Proficient in the use of software (such as SAS, R, SQL) to manipulate large data sets and conduct complex calculations and statistical analyses. 
  • Ability to process and analyze data, synthesize results, and clearly convey methods and results in technical reports, manuscripts, and oral presentations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally, establish and maintain effective working relationships, and supervise others.

 

Note:  The recommended candidate must submit to and satisfactorily pass a fingerprint background check prior to appointment.

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. 


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