Requisition No: 25945
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: OPS F & W BS IV – 77902299
Salary: $21.40 an hour
Posting Closing Date: 01/01/2017
Position #: 77902299
Class Title: OPS Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist IV
Broadband Code: 19-1023-04
Office/Section: Conservation Planning Services, Land Use Planning
Location: West Palm Beach
Facility: South Region Office
Supervisor: Jason Hight
Working hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 40 hours/week
List of any subordinates supervised: none
Years of Experience Desired: 3+
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science
% Travel Required: 0-25%
Description of Duties:
The Division of Habitat and Species Conservation’s Office of Conservation Planning Services, is seeking a fish and wildlife professional to provide technical assistance to stakeholders and partner agencies for land use planning activities. The position requires an understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and management needs, as well as a practical knowledge of ecosystem restoration, native habitat management and recovery techniques suited to Florida landscapes. Candidates may be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in technical writing and the publication of maps using GIS software during the interview process. The ideal candidate will have mastered these knowledge, skills and abilities and has land management, species management, habitat restoration, or environmental permitting experience.
This position serves as staff to the Office of Conservation Planning Services (OCPS) and is primarily responsible for coordinating agency review and comments on land development and ecosystem restoration projects that affect native terrestrial, aquatic, and marine habitat of the greater Everglades ecosystem (75% of time). The position assists with coordinating agency involvement in South Florida Ecosystem Restoration projects and programs, including the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and the Central Everglades Planning Process. The position will: work with subject matter experts throughout the agency to consider the full geographic scope, number of projects, and diversity of program activities; coordinate FWC involvements with agency partners to ensure FWC involvement is consistent with agency policies and procedures; provide comments and recommendations based on biological expertise; serve as a representative on committees established for South Florida ecosystem restoration projects; and communicate with staff across the agency on important and/or relevant issues that affect the FWC mission as it relates to South Florida ecosystem restoration. Work will also include: providing project review and technical 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; and providing written agency positions as part of regulatory reviews.
The position also supports OCPS Land Use Planning Program (LUP) services in the South Florida, Southwest and Northeast regions (25% of time). This work involves close coordination and collaboration with other fish and wildlife professionals and stakeholders, both internal and external to the agency, biological data analysis, report-writing, and monitoring and evaluating work plan outcomes. This position is responsible for assisting with implementation of special initiatives related to conflict wildlife issues, imperiled species management related to regulated land and water use, and innovative techniques for private lands conservation. Responsibilities also include: short- and long-term LUP planning and reporting; coordination of LUP operational activities and programs with internal and external stakeholders; development of and contribution to new tools to address communication and support for species and habitat conservation and management efforts; 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; and, 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 interactions with elected or appointed federal, state and local officials. The incumbent of the position is expected to courteously assist FWC constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have in matters relating to the agency, its programs or fish and wildlife conservation, generally, and to garner public support for agency initiatives 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 two years of professional experience preferred. Candidates must have experience writing and reviewing technical documents, must have experience with imperiled species or their habitats, and should be familiar with land use applications and/or permits, as well as ecosystem restoration methods. Successful candidates will have experience collaborating with entities of varying interests and be able to successfully manage conflict. A cover letter and resume should be included with the application package
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.