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Date: May 3, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 362741 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77072933 

Salary:  $1,846.16 bi-weekly salary commensurate upon experience 

Posting Closing Date: 05/16/2021 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 

Position Title: Biological Administrator II SES- 77072933 

Working Title: Permitting and Incentives Administrator

 Location: Tallahassee preferred


Supervisor: Brie Ochoa

Salary: $1,846.16 bi-weekly, salary commensurate with experience and upon approval. 


NOTE: Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your experience with wildlife and/or natural resource planning, conservation and management, particularly as it relates to the duties described below. Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be accepted. Only electronic applications are accepted.



Description of position: 

The Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section (WDC) is seeking a dedicated conservation leader with strong team building, administrative, and managerial skills. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team dedicated to excellence in customer service and wildlife conservation. The individual in this position conserves protected species by overseeing wildlife permitting and incentive-based conservation programs for the section. 

This workgroup is responsible for working with customers and other biological staff to review applications and issue permits for a variety of listed and protected species; and for designing and implementing incentive-based conservation programs, such as safe harbor agreements and habitat conservation plans.


The position is part of the leadership team for the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section and works closely with other groups within the section to meet priority conservation needs. The position also collaborates with the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement to ensure compliance and violation concerns are addressed.


The Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section is part of the FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation and works to ensure long-term conservation of Florida’s wildlife through designing and implementing conservation programs and achieving conservation goals, including those identified within Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan, Imperiled Species Management Plan, and Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Work within section and across division to develop landscape-level conservation gains through permitting and permitting incentives that aid in implementing the goals of the State Wildlife Action Plan, Imperiled Species Management Plan and Gopher Tortoise Management Plan,
  2. Lead and supervise the Gopher Tortoise and Protected Species permitting work units,
  3. Oversee the development of additional permitting tools and incentive programs,
  4. Identify opportunities for incentive programs and work with stakeholders and staff to ensure outcomes
  5. Coordinate with regional staff on reviewing applications, drafting permits, issuing permits and conducting site visits,
  6. Address compliance and infraction issues and coordinate closely with the Division of Law Enforcement,
  7. Serve as primary contact on controversial permitting issues,
  8. Ensure consistency in permitting program implementation,
  9. Provide support for training of law enforcement officers in listed species permitting issues,
  10. Participate on FWC and external teams,
  11. Coordinate with section leadership to respond to public records requests and legislative requests,
  12. Serve as acting section leader as needed in the absence of the Section Leader,
  13. Recruit and train personnel; plan and direct work,
  14. Review of employee performance, and ensuring compliance with FWC rules, policies, and procedures,
  15. Assist with tracking budget and ensuring budget is not overspent and for timely completion of other routine administrative paperwork,
  16. Other related duties as assigned.


Qualifications: This is not an entry level position. Strong interpersonal skills are required to lead, supervise and mentor employees, and to work with partners and stakeholders. Strong administrative, organizational, and budget management skills are required to manage multiple projects and groups of staff.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:


Knowledge of Florida’s fish and wildlife, particularly Species of Greatest Conservation Need, state and federally listed species; Florida habitats; conservation biology or wildlife management in Florida; listed species permitting; the Federal Endangered Species Act and state Rules Relating to Endangered or Threatened Species and other applicable federal and state laws, rules, and policies; habitat management practices that benefit wildlife. 


Skills in communication (effective oral and written communicator, including emails, in-person and via phone or video conference); problem solving; planning and prioritizing work assignments; multitasking; establishing and meeting deadlines; time management; preparing and delivering presentations to small and large audiences; leading or facilitating meetings and discussion with staff and stakeholders; the use of Microsoft Office software and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Abilities to understand and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; to supervise professional staff; to efficiently organize information and details; to manage multiple projects; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to motivate, influence and lead staff, partners, and stakeholders to achieve desired results; to work independently and in a highly adaptive environment; to work well with a variety of personalities and with persons of varied levels of wildlife conservation understanding; to problem-solve and handle conflict with professionalism; to evaluate processes and outcomes and adapt approaches accordingly; to assess employee work performance and provide feedback; to prepare correspondence and administrative reports; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and travel overnight to complete job tasks.



Broadband code: 11-9121-01

Class code:  5040

Region: Statewide

Title: Biological Administrator II - SES

County:  Leon preferred

Working hours: 8am-5pm, 40+hours per week, work hours may vary.

List of any subordinates supervised: 2 Fisheries and Wildlife Bio Scientist IV’s, 1 Fisheries and Wildlife Bio Scientist III, and 2 OPS Fisheries and Wildlife Bio Scientist III’s

Residency requirement: no

Level of Education- minimum of bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife or fisheries management, zoology, environmental sciences or other closely related curriculum; master’s degree preferred.


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: Tallahassee