Requisition No: 598421
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: FWC-DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES – FISHERIES & WILDLIFE BIO SCIENTIST IV – 77072088 – MARATHON
Position Number: 77072088
Posting Closing Date: 08/15/2022
JOB FAMILY: LIFE, PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
OCCUPATIONAL GROUP: LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE
OCCUPATION: FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS
FWC-Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Federal Fisheries
Position number: 77072088
Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Bio Scientist IV
Location: 2796 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida
Supervisor: Christopher Sweetman
Salary: $54,000 – ; Some travel required to include weeknights, weekends, and holidays.
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in marine resources or closely related field and a minimum of two years of experienced is required. An advanced degree in marine resources or closely related field may be substituted for experience. Master’s degree in marine resources or closely related field and minimum of two years of experience is preferred.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
- Assists Section Leaders by serving as a subject matter expert about federal fishery management actions, state management of marine fisheries, and Endangered Species Act and state listing proposals affecting fisheries in the Florida Keys.
- Represents the Division of Marine Fisheries Management at regional events and meetings relating to marine fisheries management.
- Develops productive working relationships with local fisheries management stakeholders, including recreational and commercial fishermen. Identifies and characterizes local marine fisheries management issues.
- Reviews and interprets fisheries dependent and independent data and other available scientific information to characterize the status of regional marine fisheries.
- Develops technical papers and presentations on management of various fisheries affecting Florida to guide and support the Commission’s rulemaking process. Participates in rulemaking process to help the Commission build a record in support of their decisions. Drafts supporting documents in coordination with FWC scientists, law enforcement, and legal staff.
- Reviews and critiques fisheries stock assessments and regulations of other agencies, including federal regulations, affecting local fisheries. Helps develop advice to Commission on appropriate responses.
- Coordinates research projects that are relevant to state and federal fisheries management decisions.
- Develop productive relationships with stakeholders such as other state and federal agencies, universities, private marine-related institutions, and other groups or organizations with an interest in marine fisheries resources.
- Conducts public workshops, Advisory Board/Workgroup meetings, and other information gathering meetings on issues relating to Florida’s marine fisheries.
- Responds to public inquiries regarding marine fisheries issues, including but not limited to life history, license requirements, rules and regulations in a timely manner.
- Provides support to Section leaders, Deputy Director, and Division Director on special assignments as assigned.
- Performs other related work as required.
The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible. Employees should promptly resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission, its programs and/or fish and wildlife resources. Employees should seek to gain public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner and by listening to what the customer wants and striving to meet their needs. When appropriate, employees will explain the reasons for agency actions or decisions while communicating a consistent FWC point-of-view.
EXAMPLES OF KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of general biological principles and knowledge of marine fisheries management issues and topics; Effective verbal and writing skills, ability to use good judgment in decision-making and planning skills; ability to synthesize highly technical information for public dissemination; Ability to understand, evaluate, analyze and organize marine resource (especially fisheries) information into a logical format for presentation in reports, documents and other written materials and for coherent presentations to a variety of audiences; Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and complete work assignments; Ability to conduct fact finding research and utilize problem solving techniques; Ability to review and interpret fisheries regulations; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people; Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Position synthesizes technical fisheries assessment information in support of the agency’s marine fisheries rule making process, reviews and interprets stock assessments and fisheries regulations, evaluates life history and fisheries-dependent and independent data and develops reports and presentations on marine fishery issues. Must be willing and able to travel and work overtime hours, including some weekends, weeknights and holidays. Knowledge of computer software including Excel spreadsheets, MS PowerPoint and MS Word required.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:
Valid driver’s license required.
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 . All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.