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Date: Mar 18, 2020

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Requisition No: 157362 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: F & W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 77070321

Position Number: 77070321 

Salary:  $1,456.45 bi-weekly + benefits 

Posting Closing Date: 03/31/2020 

Position number: 77070321

Address: 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee Florida 32399

Broadband code: 19-1023-03

Class code: 5074

Region: Northwest

Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

County: Leon

Working hours: 8 to 5; M-F

List of any subordinates supervised: none

Residency requirement: none

Level of Education: A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in one of the biological, physical or natural sciences and 1 year of experience


Salary: $1,456.45 bi-weekly


Description of duties

This position is located within the Imperiled Species Management Section and assists with developing conservation measures to reduce potential adverse impacts to species and their habitat under the responsibility of the Section, with a focus on Florida manatee and marine turtle conservation.  Responsibilities of the position include, but are not  limited to: 1) drafting biological opinions for regulatory and planning authorizations such as Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP), Coastal Construction Control Line permits (CCCL), Sovereign Submerged Lands Leases (SSL), Joint Coastal Permits (JCP) and State Clearinghouse items under Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP); 2) implement county manatee protection plans; 3) review and comment on coastal lighting plans and wildlife appropriate lighting fixtures 4) provide technical assistance to other sections within the agency, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Port Authorities, and county/city governments; 5) Work with local, state and federal agencies and stakeholder groups to conserve, enhance, and protect manatee and marine turtle habitat.  6) initiate, manage or attend meetings, workshops, and create presentations; 7) act as agency expert witness in administrative hearings; 8) perform other duties as required, including but not limited to: assisting with information and outreach projects and assistance with other field activities as directed.


Knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of terminology, principles, and techniques used in biological research, analysis or testing; Knowledge of  scientific method; Knowledge of the methods of data collection, particularly for imperiled or endangered species; Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data; Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work assignments to meet deadlines; Ability to communicate verbally and in writing; Ability to understand and apply Florida statutes and rules as they relate to conservation issues; Ability to write technical reports and agency correspondence; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, the public and stakeholders; Ability to work independently and on teams as necessary.


Previous experience with Florida manatee or sea turtle management or research programs and/or the state or federal environmental resource permitting programs is highly preferred.  Previous experience with ArcGIS 10+, SharePoint 365 and MS Office 2016 desired.  Statewide travel is required.


The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible. Employees should promptly resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission, its programs and/or fish and wildlife resources. Employees should seek to gain public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner. When appropriate, employees will explain the reasons for agency actions or decisions while communicating a consistent FWC point-of-view.  Responsible for following the provisions and requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, related to the Comptroller's rules and FWC's invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.  The Commission expects employees to function across FWC's organizational structure by providing their skills and expertise wherever needed through work on teams or as directed.


Application packets must be submitted through the State of Florida’s official employment site ( and must include a cover letter and resume in addition to the state application.


Position Requirements:

1. Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License.
2. Travel is required to perform the duties of this position (1-25%)

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. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee