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OPS Public Information Specialist - 77904039

Date: Apr 5, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 344182 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Public Information Specialist - 77904039

Position Number: 77904039 

Salary:  $33.50 an hour 

Posting Closing Date: 04/12/2021 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS Public Information Specialist - 77904039

Position Number: 77904039 

Salary:  $33.50 an hour 

OPS Part time Temporary position

Class Title: Public Information Specialist

Broadband Code:  27-3031-02

Class Code:  3738

Office/Section: Division of Hunting and Game Management, Communications

Location: Position located in Tallahassee

Supervisor:  Tammy Sapp

Working hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 25 hours/week

List of any subordinates supervised: none

Years of Experience Desired:  3+

Education:   Bachelor’s degree required

% Travel Required:  0-25%

Description of duties:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Hunting and Game Management (HGM) is seeking a qualified candidate to participate in a team of professionals providing a broad range of marketing communications expertise to help further the agency’s mission. 

The FWC’s Division of Hunting and Game Management uses scientifically proven game management strategies and professional expertise to perpetuate safe, sustainable hunting opportunities statewide, with an emphasis on waterfowl, small game, deer, wild turkey and alligators. The Division also develops rules and recommends wildlife management policies on 6 million acres of public hunting lands, which provide various hunting opportunities.

The FWC has an atmosphere of people who are passionate about what they do and have a strong desire to achieve the FWC’s mission to manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. The successful candidate for the public information specialist position will be proactive and committed to the agency’s success and the public’s perception of the agency.

This position reports to the communications manager for the FWC’s Division of Hunting and Game Management and will work closely with the agency’s Community Relations Office and other offices and divisions. May be needed to work outside of standard business hours for urgent issues and minimal travel may be required.

In addition to submitting an electronic State of Florida employment application and completing the qualifying questions, please attach a cover letter. This letter should at minimum explain your interest in the specific organization and position and identify your most relevant skills or experiences.

Duties and responsibilities:

The primary functions for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists communications manager, program coordinators and creative staff with producing outreach materials including videos, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, flyers, webpages, e-blasts, e-newsletters and other tools.
  • Coordinates, generates, reviews and edits annual hunting regulations and related products such as the hunting season poster and regulations webpages.
  • Write and edit content and contribute to agency social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Instagram.
  • Assists with internal communications strategies and efforts.
  • Coordinates video and photo shoots related to the Division of Hunting and Game Management’s priority needs.
  • Develop and implement written communications plans with information about priority topics/messaging, target audiences, timing of messaging and appropriate delivery channels for Division of Hunting and Game Management initiatives and high-priority topics.
  • Develops and updates an annual media calendar of priority topics and events.
  • Assess information and quickly write clear and concise news releases, talking points, FAQs, and media statements.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate interviews with news media and prepare and train non-communications staff for media interviews.
  • Monitor news for current and emerging items related to the FWC/HGM and communicate key news/issues to staff as appropriate.
  • Work with agency human dimensions team and review provided information from social media and forums to analyze data and spot trends related to stakeholder opinions, attitudes and participation, then apply that information to marketing communications efforts.
  • Ensure creative communications materials undergo regular review and adhere to agency guidelines.
  • Analyze data to determine if campaigns effectively reach target audiences.
  • Manage external communications projects and act as a liaison between staff and outside vendors.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with media and partner agencies and organizations.
  • Maintain an inventory of communications and outreach support materials making sure all resources are accurate and current while coordinating new material development as needed.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S., related to State Comptroller’s rules, as well as Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.
  • Courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have in matters relating to the Commission, its programs or fish and wildlife conservation, generally.
  • Actively garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner.

 Desired qualifications include:

 The ability to positively communicate and build relationships with a variety of professionals including staff biologists/program coordinators and leadership, media reporters, partners and stakeholders. Ability to speak/write conversational Spanish is a plus but not required.


  • Knowledge of general office procedures and practices and ability to implement them.
  • Knowledge of and interest in conservation, management and hunting as well as Florida’s fish, wildlife and habitats.
  • Knowledge of news media and marketing communications.  
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong critical thinking and the ability to coordinate multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience with Outlook, Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and social media platforms used by the agency.
  • Skilled at creating webpage content that is concise, understandable and easy to navigate.
  • Ability to learn how to use communications related platforms for managing lists and distributing e-blasts.
  • Skilled at verbal and written communications.
  • Skilled in developing targeted marketing communications and media campaigns.
  • Ability to listen effectively, understand and evaluate data. 
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and complete work assignments and projects according to established deadlines.
  • Ability to quickly and effectively prioritize and process information and requests from external and internal sources.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. 

Desired Minimum Requirements:

Minimum of bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations or related field with a minimum of 3 years in communications strategy development. A strong background in writing/editing and/or journalism, social media and/or marketing is a must.

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