77072582-51187977-20161004124508 Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Working Title: FISHERIES & WILDLIFE BIO SCIENTIST IIBroadband/Class Code: 19-1023-02Position Number: 77072582-51187977Annual Salary Range: $36,444.98 annuallyAnnouncement Type: Internal AgencyCity: MARATHONFacility: MARATHON REGIONAL SERVICE CENTERPay Grade/ Pay Band: BB008Closing Date: 10/23/2016

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To be eligible for consideration applicants must be a current Career Service/SES or OPS employee of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

JOB DESCRIPTION: This job opening is for a queen conch research biologist to work with the FWC Queen Conch Research and Restoration Program in south Florida, and to provide technical and logistical support to the FWC Climate Change program. Duties and responsibilities include contributing to the design and implementation of a statewide long-term queen monitoring program, organizing and leading field sampling trips, conch community sampling using quantitative and qualitative methods that include snorkeling and SCUBA, establish databases for queen conch research, data entry and management of queen conch database, data analysis using a variety of statistical software including SPSS, SAS, Systat, and/or R. Using GIS, conduct spatial analyses of species distributions and the effects of climate change on the vulnerabilities of species and human communities. Participate in the development of adaptation responses to environmental changes.

Other responsibilities include producing written reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, and developing and presenting oral presentations and posters at scientific conferences and workshops. Assist project leader, team members, and external collaborators with conch demogaphic studies by particpating in study design, proposal development, field sampling, data analysis, and laboratory projects. Develop outreach materials for web-based and social media outlets. Must be an active member of the FWRI scientific diving program and be willing and able to to maintain proficiency as FWRI/AAUS scientific diver. Assist in procurement and maintenance of diving, field (photographic and video), laboratory, and safety equipment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in one of the biological sciences with major coursework in Marine Science or Fisheries Biology and 1 year of work experience conducting underwater surveys and working knowledge of GIS and statistics, SCUBA certification and possession of a valid driver’s license.

ENTRY LEVEL KSA'S: Knowledge of the marine environment, identification of common marine organisms of the Florida Keys; Measure and interpret water quality parameters; Skill in safely trailering and operating research vessels up to 30’ in length; Ability to perform strenuous field work, especially in a tropical environment; Sufficient swimming skills to save oneself in an emergency; Hold a valid SCUBA certification and satisfactorily fulfill all requirements necessary to maintain current AAUS scientific diver certification; Maintain a valid driver’s license; Use of personal computers, and database software; Requests for assistance, field duties and travel may require hours in excess of 40 per week, often on weekends; Skill in effective communication - verbally and in writing, establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, deal effectively with the public.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants with a Masters degree or Ph.D. in one of the biological sciences may be given preference. Additionally, applicants with the following may be shown preference:

  • Experience in a queen conch research program.

  • Use of underwater cameras for still and video captures.

  • Proficiency at producing materials for web-based and other electronic outreach including social media and experience with electronic editing of videos.

  • Active members of the FWRI diving program.

  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for sampling marine invertebrate fisheries communities, of current issues in marine invertebrate ecology, especially pertaining to reproductive ecology and ecotoxicology.

  • The ability to work long hours in sometimes unpleasant field conditions that might include rain, high winds, heat, and cold.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and lead multiple-person field trips.

  • Ability to operate electronic instruments that measure environmental parameters, including dissolved oxygen and temperature meters, and use GPS units.

  • Ability to operate and trailer research vessels.

  • Knowledge of and ability to use statistical analysis software that may include SPSS, R, SAS, and/or Systat and GIS software to examine spatial patterns of distribution and to use GIS sotware to estimate population parameters.

  • Knowledge of adaptive sampling applied to population studies.

  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

TO APPLY: FWC employees must submit a complete and up-to-date State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First, by midnight on the closing date listed. Go to: You may also submit a resume and cover letter in People First as an attachment. Note that supporting documentation does not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form. Incomplete State of Florida Employment Application Forms could result in a failed submission.

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