An exciting opportunity exists for a Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist II to join a team of employees within the Wildlife and Habitat Management Section to assist with the management of Big Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and other WMAs as needed. We are seeking a highly motivated applicant that is willing to assist a productive team with the challenge of managing wildlife habitat and public recreational opportunities on 90,000+ acres of conservation land in Taylor and Dixie Counties. Primary responsibilities include assisting lead area biologists in developing and implementing management programs for the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area. Assists with planning and implementing habitat management practices, such as prescribed burning, upland and wetland restoration, mechanical and chemical vegetation treatments, oversight of timber operations, water level manipulations, and other projects. Assists with planning, developing, and coordinating projects to facilitate public use, such as road construction and maintenance, establishment of parking areas, culvert installation and repair, and construction and maintenance of boundary and interior fences and gates. Assists with developing bid specifications and overseeing contracts. Assists with the completion of annual work plans, budget proposals, accomplishment reports and other administrative tasks. Coordinates public hunting and other recreational activities, including coordination and operation of check stations. Conducts population surveys of imperiled and other locally important wildlife species, including data analysis and report writing. Surveys habitat types and monitors changes that take place in vegetative communities. Provides technical assistance to individuals, organizations and other agencies regarding wildlife biology and wildlife habitat management. Assists with responding to nuisance bear complaints, reports of road-killed bears, and other wildlife issues. Completes other duties or assists on other areas as assigned.
Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a life or physical science. B.S. degree in Wildlife Management or Wildlife Science is preferred. Preference will be given to those with prescribed burning experience.
Will be required to obtain and maintain a Florida Class E Drivers License and Florida Certified Burn Manager Certification.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Wildlife biology; assessment and inventory of wildlife and habitat, collection and analysis of biological data, fire ecology and plant successions, habitat restoration techniques, familiarity with outdoor recreational activities, ability to write scientific reports. Ability to organize work assignments and set priorities and ability to operate farm tractors and implements; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
Health Insurance; Option for Dental, Vision, and other cafeteria type benefit plans; Retirement; Life Insurance Options; Deferred Compensation; Paid Holidays & Leave; Tuition Waiver Plans; etc.
Must apply through State of Florida People First System: