77902150-51307984-20161014153001 Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Working Title: OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IVBroadband/Class Code: 19-1023-04Position Number: 77902150-51307984Annual Salary Range: $ 23.72 /hrAnnouncement Type: Open CompetitiveCity: TALLAHASSEEFacility: Koger Center, Marathon Bldg.Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB012Closing Date: 11/1/2016

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Position is funded by a one year grant, possibility of second year of funding.

Title:Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist IV - OPS

Working Title: Prescribed Fire Spatial Database Project Lead – Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative


Position number: 77902150

Working hours:40hrs/week 8-5, M-F. Overnight travel may be required.

Location: Tallahassee

Agency:Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Division: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Description of Position:

The Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) is part of a national network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). LCCs are applied conservation science partnerships among federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, landowners, conservation organizations, universities and stakeholders within an ecologically defined area. They are designed to inform resource management decisions in an integrated fashion across landscapes at a broader scale than any individual partner’s responsibility. The partnership considers landscape-scale stressors, including climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity as it attempts to provide a vision for a landscape capable of sustaining healthy populations of fish, wildlife, plants and cultural resources. LCCs provide scientific and technical support for landscape-scale conservation in an adaptive management framework by: supporting biological planning and conservation design, prioritizing and coordinating applied research that informs conservation delivery, supporting the design of inventory and monitoring programs, and supporting the development of scientific analysis that informs and empowers land and resource managers to link actions at project sites to outcomes on broader scales.

This position serves as the lead for the development of a prescribed fire spatial database for the PFLCC. This position works under the direction of the PFLCC Science Coordinator(s).

Primary duties will include:

  • Develop a spatial database to track prescribed and wild fires in Florida. The database will contain the spatial footprint of the fires, habitat type, year of burn, and potentially the intensity of the burn.

  • Review and assess potential tracking mechanisms/processes, including existing databases, remote sensing and on-the-ground verification/assessment.

  • Coordinate with Florida Forest Service (FFS) staff to develop a process to acquire the FFS permit database. Develop a process to filter the FFS permit database to target permitted prescribed burns in selected fire maintained systems.

  • Coordinate with FWC staff on use of established desired conditions for fire maintained systems.

  • Populate database with current/ongoing prescribed fire data, and as time allows add data from fires from previous years.

  • Assist in data preparation, maintenance, and delivery via multiple methods, including web based mapping applications, images, powerpoint presentations, and reports. Prepare FGDC metadata. Complete project reports.

  • Other tasks as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position:

  • Knowledge of remote sensing techniques;

  • Knowledge of natural resource management;

  • Ability to analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences;

  • Demonstrated skill in the use and application of ArcGIS GIS and remote sensing software;

  • Demonstrated skill in spatial/statistical analysis and cartographic design;

  • Demonstrated skill in spatial and relational database design and maintenance;

  • Ability to work independently, coordinate work assignments and multitask when needed;

  • Ability to communicate effectively - orally, graphically and in writing;

  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with FWC staff, LCC staff, Steering Committee members, and other partner organizations;

Desired qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of prescribed fire application and system responses;

  • Knowledge of Florida's fire maintained communities;

  • Experience coordinating with federal, state and local government agencies on shared issues;

  • Experience with spatial modeling and remote sensing tools

  • Ability and desire to be open-minded while working within a team to develop long-term solutions;

  • Ability to travel less than 15%.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional biological experience; or

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional experience; or

  • A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences.

A valid driver’s license required.

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? Other Personal Services (OPS) temporary employer/employee relationshipused solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee


State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory

  • Workers’ Compensation - mandatory

  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory

  • Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements. Consult with People First or the servicing Human Resource Office for details.) )

  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary

  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary


  • Any form of paid leave

  • Paid holidays

  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System

  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights

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