ESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
This position is part of a regional team with FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management and is located in Lake City, FL. The selected candidate will assist with the management of freshwater fisheries resources in Florida’s North Central Region (17 counties), implement agency established protocols to assess sportfish populations, and assist with stakeholder interactions and report writing. The person selected for this position will be required to regularly interact with individuals from within and outside the agency and the general public.
- Assists regional biological staff with the development and implementation of fisheries management goals related to North Central Region resources including but not limited to stakeholder interaction, fisheries sampling, fish feeding, aeration system maintenance, data entry and analysis, and promotional and educational opportunities.
- Establishes and maintains stakeholder contacts with anglers, fish camps, local governmental officials, tackle shop owners, fishing guides, outdoor media, fishing clubs, Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), etc. to ensure effective, two-way communication relative to FWC programs and projects.
- Assesses freshwater fisheries resources utilizing established sampling methodologies and gear.
- Data compilation, management, and analysis.
- Assist in drafting/editing of quarterly and annual reports.
- Operates/maintains trucks, electrofishing boats, creel survey boats, outboard motors, trailers, and all other required sampling equipment.
- Maintenance of regional fish feeders and aquatic aeration systems.
All FWC staff are expected to 1) courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission’s programs or fish and wildlife conservation; 2) seek to garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive manner. Additionally, you will be responsible for timely and accurate processing of vendor invoices and warrants for payments of goods, and responsible for 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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of the principles of fish and wildlife ecology and management
- Knowledge of Florida’s freshwater fish and aquatic plants
- Knowledge of fish and wildlife habitat restoration
- Knowledge of fish and wildlife research applications
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software applications
- Knowledge of basic boat, motor, and trailer maintenance and repairs
- Skilled in the use of scientific and field equipment
- Skilled in operating boats up to 30ft in length
- Skilled in pulling and backing trailers
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to work with internal and external technical personnel, managers, government officials, riparian landowners, and other stakeholders
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques
- Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. for short distances
- Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to fish and wildlife management
- Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather and in remote locations
- Ability to travel overnight and work flexible hours to meet project objectives
- Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
- Must possess a valid boaters safety education identification card prior to operating any agency vessel. The selected employee must already possess a boater safety card or be willing and able to obtain one within 30 days of hiring.
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science.
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science and two years of relevant professional experience in a field or laboratory program; or
- A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science, preferably in the fisheries/aquaculture sciences.
State of Florida Benefits Include:
- Health and Dental packages
- Supplemental Insurance options
- Paid Annual and Sick Leave
- Paid holidays (10)
- Participation in the Florida Retirement System
- Tax Deferred Investment Plan – Voluntary
- Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts – Voluntary
- Free Basic Life Insurance benefit for $25,000 with additional options to increase
- Tuition Waiver
- Uniform Allowances
For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com
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. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. 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.