Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II - FWC

Date: Feb 3, 2017

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32653

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Requisition No: 2828 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Position Number: 77000628 

Salary:  $34,345.00 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 02/24/2017 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Freshwater Invertebrate Resource Assessment and Research Program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking a freshwater invertebrate biologist with high level organizational, analytical, and communication skills to lead the Statewide Freshwater Mussel Conservation Program. 

Duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Contribute to the planning, design, and implementation of a long-term monitoring program designed to assess the status of freshwater mussel communities and their habitat in the major river basins of Florida.
  • Organize and lead multiple day sampling events to Florida lakes and streams.
  • Sample freshwater mussel, snail, and insect communities using quantitative and qualitative methods, including snorkeling and SCUBA.
  • Species level taxonomic identifications of freshwater invertebrates, including mussels, snails, and insects.
  • Compile and maintain statewide aquatic invertebrate databases.
  • Data analysis using a variety of statistical software that may include SAS, Systat, R, Primer, and PC-ORD.
  • Use of GIS software to produce maps and analyze distribution and habitat data.
  • Purchase equipment and commodities related to freshwater invertebrate research programs strictly following State of Florida purchasing rules and protocols.
  • Project administration, including detailed record keeping and timely submission of State of Florida forms and records.
  • Production of written reports and documents by strict deadlines.  Writing of peer-reviewed publications documenting results, conclusions, and recommendations from research projects. 
  • Production of oral presentations and posters for presentation at state and national conferences and workshops.
  • Remain current with scientific literature and issues pertinent to freshwater invertebrate taxonomy, ecology, and environmental requirements of freshwater invertebrates.
  • Assist Project Leader with freshwater invertebrate research study design, proposal development, taxonomic identifications and operation of freshwater invertebrate laboratory.
  • Maintenance of project vehicles, boats, motors, trailers, sampling gear, and laboratory equipment.

Minimum qualifications: A bachelor's degree in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional related experience: or a master's degree in one of the biological sciences.  SCUBA certification is required.

Preferred Criteria:  Candidates with a Master's degree or Ph.D. in a related field are encouraged to apply and may be given preference.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of current quantitative and qualitative methods used to sample freshwater invertebrates.
  • Knowledge of techniques and current literature used to identify freshwater invertebrates, especially freshwater mussels.
  • Knowledge of current issues in aquatic invertebrate ecology, especially those pertaining to freshwater mussels.
  • Knowledge of aquatic plant identification techniques and literature.
  • Knowledge of vehicle, boat, and trailer maintenance procedures.
  • Ability to identify freshwater invertebrates, especially freshwater mussels, to the species level.
  • Ability to work long hours in sometimes unpleasant field conditions that might include rain, high winds, rough water, heat, cold, darkness, biting insects, snakes, and alligators.
  • Ability to organize and lead multiple days, multiple people, field trips.
  • Ability to swim and snorkel.
  • Ability to operate electronic instruments that measure environmental quality parameters, including YSI multi-parameter probes, flow meters, and GPS units.
  • Ability to operate and trailer boats.
  • Ability and desire to become certified as an AAUS certified science diver.
  • Ability to collect quantitative and qualitative samples of aquatic invertebrates using a variety of gear types and techniques that include wading and snorkeling in open water and marshes.
  • Ability to design and compile electronic databases.
  • Ability to use statistical analysis software that may include SAS, Systat, R, Primer, and PC-ORD.
  • Ability to use GIS software to assist with map making and data analysis.
  • Ability to communicate study results effectively in written reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications.
  • Ability to present research findings via oral presentations and posters at scientific conferences and workshops.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and amicably with co-workers in a team environment.
  • Ability to conduct administrative functions associated with project management, including purchasing and detailed record keeping.   
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Skilled in the effective written and oral communication of study findings and conclusions.


To Apply:  To be considered applicants must complete and submit the Applicant Profile electronically within People First, by midnight on the closing date listed (  You may also attach relevant documents at the same time you apply.  If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287.  If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at (888) 403-2110.  Be sure to include your name and the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.

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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.  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. 

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