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ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST - 77000913

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32301

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Requisition No: 531581 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST - 77000913

Position Number: 77000913 

Salary:  $50,372 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 01/28/2022 

PENDING RECLASSIFICATION

 

The Landscape Conservation Project team is an important component of FWC’s Landscape Conservation Strategic Initiative (LCSI). Landscape Conservation is designed to inform resource management decisions in an integrated fashion across landscapes at a broader scale than any individual partner’s responsibility. This considers landscape-scale stressors, including climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity as it attempts to provide a vision for a landscape capable of sustaining healthy populations of fish, wildlife, plants and cultural resources. This position will provide scientific and technical support for landscape-scale conservation in an adaptive management framework by: supporting biological planning and conservation design, prioritizing and coordinating applied research that informs conservation delivery, supporting the design of inventory and monitoring programs, and supporting the development of scientific analysis that informs and empowers land and resource managers to link actions at project sites to outcomes on broader scales. This position serves as the lead for maintaining and updating scientific products for the Landscape Conservation project.

 

 

Working Title: FISHERIES & WILDLIFE BIO SCIENTIST IV (pending reclassification)
Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-04
Position Number: 77000913
Annual Salary Range: $50,372.42 annually
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
City: TALLAHASSEE
Facility: OLD ST AUGUSTINE ROAD (TALLAHASSEE)
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB012
Closing Date:

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Information Science and Management - Center for Spatial Analysis

 

Rate of Pay: $1,935.67 bi-weekly ($50,372.42 annually)

Working Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week

 

DESCRIPTION

The Landscape Conservation Project team is an important component of FWC’s Landscape Conservation Strategic Initiative (LCSI). Landscape Conservation is designed to inform resource management decisions in an integrated fashion across landscapes at a broader scale than any individual partner’s responsibility. This considers landscape-scale stressors, including climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity as it attempts to provide a vision for a landscape capable of sustaining healthy populations of fish, wildlife, plants and cultural resources. This position will provide scientific and technical support for landscape-scale conservation in an adaptive management framework by: supporting biological planning and conservation design, prioritizing and coordinating applied research that informs conservation delivery, supporting the design of inventory and monitoring programs, and supporting the development of scientific analysis that informs and empowers land and resource managers to link actions at project sites to outcomes on broader scales. This position serves as the lead for maintaining and updating scientific products for the Landscape Conservation project.

Primary duties will include:

  • Lead the Landscape Conservation project team to develop and assess potential conservation asset indicators and targets.
  • Review, acquire, and collate existing spatial data that represent natural resources in Florida. Perform spatially explicit GIS analyses to identify habitats important to the long-term conservation of fish and wildlife resources and use the results to assist in refining existing natural resource priorities and conservation targets.
  • Coordinate with and participate in other ongoing efforts in Florida and the Southeast (e.g., Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS)) with similar goals and objectives.
  • Provide input and support to updates of the State of Florida Ecological Report Card.
  • Update the Florida Conservation Blueprint (FCB) as new/updated data sets become available; provide support to the inclusion of the FCB into regional planning efforts (eg.g, SECAS)
  • Assist in data preparation, maintenance, and delivery via multiple methods, including web based mapping applications (including the Conservation Planning Atlas), images, powerpoint presentations, and reports. Prepare metadata. Complete project report.
  • Participate in coordination of scientific activities within the FWC Landscape Conservation strategic initiative (LCSI) to ensure that the science goals and objectives of the LCSI are met.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

ENTRY LEVEL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the biological sciences and scientific principles of wildlife biology, ecology, conservation, landscape conservation design, and climate change;
  • Knowledge of natural resource management;
  • Ability to analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences;
  • Demonstrated skill in the use and application of ArcGIS GIS software;
  • Demonstrated skill in spatial/statistical analysis and cartographic design;
  • Demonstrated skill in spatial and relational database design and maintenance (i.e. data and metadata management);
  • Ability to work independently, coordinate work assignments and multitask when needed;
  • Ability to communicate effectively - orally, graphically and in writing;
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with FWC staff, and partner organizations;

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional biological experience; 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; or
  • A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences.
  • Graduate degree preferred.

A valid driver’s license required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of Florida terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems, habitats and species;
  • Knowledge of landscape conservation design
  • Knowledge of stakeholder engagement techniques and methodologies;
  • Experience with public speaking and meeting coordination;
  • Experience coordinating with federal, state and local government agencies on shared issues;
  • At least an intermediate level of applied GIS analyses and experience with spatial modeling tools;
  • Ability and desire to be open-minded while working within a team to develop long-term solutions;
  • Ability to travel less than 15%.

 

 

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

 

 

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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