Working Title: OPS-Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III 77904004
Position Title: Avian Conservation Biologist
Supervisor: Adrienne Fitzwilliam, Avian Conservation Coordinator
Starting salary: $20.51/hour; based on working a maximum of 1,920 hours in a fiscal year
Working hours: M-F 8-5, with occasional non-standard hours
List of subordinates supervised: None
FWC’s mission is to manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. The Avian Conservation Biologist will assist in addressing conservation issues statewide for avian species and coordinating with partners to implement conservation strategies. The position requires strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as in a team. This position is office-based with optional partial teleworking.
Responsibilities and duties will include:
- Assisting with coordination of avian conservation activities across the agency and with external partners and stakeholders - Developing and maintaining partnerships for avian conservation
- Providing technical expertise and assistance to FWC staff and the public for conservation and management issues and for regulatory issues and rules - Assisting with the implementation of the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Plan for birds
- Compiling and summarizing data and literature and preparing documents such as management plans and permitting guidelines - Assisting with the development of rules, policies, and management plans for birds
- Reviewing avian permit applications
- Facilitating meetings and workshops with internal staff and external stakeholders.
- Performing various administrative tasks associated with agency operations. Duties include preparing and reviewing itineraries, travel vouchers, purchasing forms, vehicle operation reports, performance expectations, and other routine administrative reports. Perform similar or other tasks as assigned, as well as recommended training to enhance and maintain professional development and skills.
Level of Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required. A degree in wildlife science, natural resource management, ecology, or similar and two years of professional experience is preferred. A Master’s degree in the fields described and one year of professional experience is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of population ecology and biology principles, especially avian ecology and biology
- Knowledge of wildlife science and conservation principles
- Knowledge of Florida’s fish and wildlife, particularly birds
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws, rules, and policies or willingness to learn
- Strong ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, to large and small groups
- Strong technical writing skills
- Skills in the use of computers for word processing and communications.
- Skilled in time management and information management skills
- Ability to collaborate effectively and develop partnerships with other agency staff members, partners, and stakeholders to achieve desired results
- Ability to efficiently organize information and details and manage multiple projects
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Ability to safely operate vehicles
- Ability to work 40 hours a week with occasional overnight travel associated with agency mission critical guidelines. This includes travel to conferences, meetings, training, and other relevant activities.
To apply: In addition to submitting an electronic State of Florida employment application and completing the qualifying questions, please attach a resume and cover letter. The letter should explain your interest in the specific organization and position and identify your most relevant skills or experiences. Apply online here: https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/OCALA-OPS-Fisheries-&-Wildlife-Biological-Scientist-III-77904004-FL-32399/847290800/
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.