Requisition No: 83555
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST - 77000960
Position Number: 77000960
Salary: $48,685 Annually
Posting Closing Date: 11/08/2019
The State of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) seeks an Assistant Research Scientist to coordinate and conduct research on upland game birds. Research and monitoring of wild turkey will be a priority, but the position will also be responsible for research on mourning dove, northern bobwhite, woodcock, and other hunted species. This position may also collaborate on waterfowl research. The successful candidate will collaborate with agency managers and other researchers to prioritize and implement research necessary for proper management of upland game birds. Research topics include, but are not limited to, estimating avian densities and monitoring population trends, demographic studies, habitat-use and resource selection, providing data to help set seasons and harvest rates, and production of other information necessary for the successful management of upland game birds. The candidate will write grant proposals to fund research, analyze and publish data in peer-reviewed journals, books, and proceedings, represent the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at professional and public meetings, and serve on inter-divisional and inter-agency teams on bird-related conservation and management issues. He/she will also provide technical assistance to improve the quality of upland game bird habitat and prepare technical and non-technical reports, such as annual reports, final reports, and contract reports to granting agencies. He/she will also administer budgets and supervise daily activities of subordinate seasonal and temporary staff. Some overnight and weekend travel is required. The position will be based out of Gainesville, Florida. Please email FLAvianResearch@yahoo.com with any questions.
Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and three years of professional experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics and two years of professional experience as described above; or a doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or mathematics.
**Preference may be given to candidates having professional experience in research with Florida’s upland game bird species, strong quantitative and geographic information systems (GIS) skills, and an established publication record.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities: Knowledge of: Upland game birds and habitat with emphases on breeding ecology, wintering ecology, population ecology, and habitat relationships; upland game bird habitat conservation principles and techniques; avian monitoring, survey, and sampling protocols, study design, principles of statistical inference and analysis, familiarity with advanced techniques to model the occupancy, abundance, and demography of avian populations. Skills: use of a variety of bird trapping and banding techniques, familiarity with modern quantitative techniques. Ability to: maintain valid driver license, collect, record, and analyze data relating to biological research, use problem-solving techniques, conduct research studies or analyses using scientific methods and techniques, use spreadsheet, database, and GIS software packages, review technical literature and prepare scientific reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and popular articles; use laboratory and field equipment including 4WD vehicles, boats, telemetry equipment, and fly in small airplanes and helicopters if necessary; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, work independently, plan, organize and coordinate work assignments, determine work priorities, elicit cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives and ensure proper and timely completion of assignments; assess budgetary needs and prepare and manage a budget; supervise assigned staff, which includes but is not limited to: recruitment, training, planning and directing work, reviewing performance with employee, and ensuring compliance with Commission and FWRI rules, policies, and procedures; incorporate biological, administrative, ethical, social, and political considerations in formulating coherent, effective policies and procedures, and to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the conduct of a Commission employee.
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.
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