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Date:  Jan 22, 2023


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Requisition No: 734671 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77001097 

Salary:  $2,500 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 02/03/2023 


Anticipated Vacancy

Position Number: 77001097

Class Title: Biological Administrator III 

Broadband Code: 11-9121-2 

Class Code: 5041 

Office/Section: Conservation Planning Services, Land Use Planning Program 

Location: Tallahassee/Leon County 

Facility: Russell Park Building

Supervisor: Jason Hight – Director of Conservation Planning Services 

Salary:                     Salary: $2,500 biweekly +Benefits 

Working hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 40 hours/week 

List of any subordinates supervised: Four Biological Administrator II positions 

Years of Experience Desired:  5+ 

Education: Minimum of a  Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science; Master’s degree preferred 

Travel Required:  +/- 40%


Description of duties:


The Office of Conservation Planning Services (OCPS) is seeking a fish and wildlife professional to lead and administer its Land Use Planning Program (LUP). This position is a statewide program administrator that supervises four biological administrators who each have teams of biological scientists that provide fish and wildlife-related technical assistance to private landowners statewide.  This position requires an in-depth understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and management needs, as well as a practical knowledge of native habitat management and recovery techniques suited to Florida landscapes. Candidates may be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in technical writing during the interview process. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of supervisory and administrative experience in addition to experience with land management, species management, habitat restoration, and a working knowledge of regulatory and permitting processes that affect land uses.  


The office works with private landowners that are looking to enhance wildlife and habitat conservation on their properties or are pursuing some form of land use change that may affect fish and wildlife resources.  Such activities may include agriculture/forestry activities, transportation infrastructure, industrial operations, power generation and transmission, residential developments, and large-scale community planning.  This position also focuses on critical conservation issues pursuant to implementation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Strategic Initiatives, particularly landscape-level conservation issues.  Work includes project review and assistance ahead of regulatory processes; review and comment on regulated activities that have potential to impact fish and wildlife resources; assisting applicants, local governments, and permitting agencies in identifying and offsetting impacts to fish and wildlife; providing written technical assistance; and providing written agency positions as part of regulatory reviews.  This position will also focus on partnerships and planning, including reducing impacts to Florida’s imperiled species, reducing habitat fragmentation, and reducing the potential for human-wildlife conflict, including identification of project mitigation that contributes to landscape level conservation objectives. 


Key elements of this position include outreach, relationship building, and technical assistance regarding regulated land and water use decisions and increasing support for private landowners.  Emphasis will include implementing communication, outreach, and education objectives by partnering with state and federal agencies including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Florida Department of Transportation, the Department of Economic Opportunity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the five Water Management Districts to inform and influence fish and wildlife resource conservation at all levels.  Specific work activities may include: working with state agencies to reduce duplication in regulation associated with Florida’s imperiled species, outreach and education activities with partner agencies related to landscape-level conservation strategies, and providing technical assistance to private landowners pursuing some form of growth management planning or regulated land use.  Collaboration with local and regional conservation efforts will be enhanced by working with local governments to increase the efficiency of regulations and policies aimed at establishing and maintaining conservation lands, mitigation, and development of economic incentives for conservation. 


This position is responsible for timely and accurate processing and or approval, as appropriate, of vendor invoices and warrants for payment of goods received or services rendered to avoid automatic interest penalty payments to said vendors.


This position is also 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. Responsibilities may include: legislative interactions, courteously assisting Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have in matters relating to the Commission, its programs, or fish and wildlife conservation, garnering public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner.


Desired Minimum Requirements:

Minimum of bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife or fisheries management, zoology, environmental sciences or other closely related curriculum.  Graduate degree and three years of professional experience preferred.  A cover letter and resume must be included with the application package


Please answer the qualifying questions regarding your experience.  Your resume or performance during a potential interview must support these answers to be considered.


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