Research Associate - FWC


Date: Feb 3, 2017

Location: ALACHUA, FL, US, 32601

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Requisition No: 3518 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE-FWC - 77001051

Position Number: 77001051 

Salary:  $ 43,763 

Posting Closing Date: 02/24/2017 



The incumbent will be responsible for conducting biological and ecological research on alligators (primarily) and other herpetological species. Duties include:  conducting field studies; trapping, marking, and monitoring wild animals; collecting biological specimens and samples. Utilizes observation methods, radio-telemetry, and other survey methodologies to gather data on target wildlife species. Assists with study design.                                                                                                                 

The successful candidate will compile, manage, and analyze study data. Data analysis may require knowledge of moderately complicated statistical analyses.  Incumbent will prepare technical and non-technical reports, as well as publications for peer-reviewed scientific journals. Study results will also be presented at scientific meetings.

Other responsibilities include performing administrative tasks as required, and supervising the work of assigned employees and volunteers. Field work will entail operating and working from airboats, outboard boats, and 4WD trucks. Incumbent will be responsible for maintaining and repairing field equipment and facilities.


Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree in one of the physical or life sciences and two years of experience in a related field.


  • A Master's degree in one of the physical or life sciences with a minimum of one year of related experience.
  • Moderate or advanced knowledge/understanding of statistical analyses and concepts.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical writing.


Organizational skills, independent decision-making skills, interpersonal skills, knowledge of state herpetological wildlife resources, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, ability to use personal computer and various computing software, including ArcGIS, MS Access, SAS, and other data management/analysis programs.  Skill in technical and report writing,  safe and proper use of scientific and field equipment and basic airboat maintenance and repair.  Ability to design and conduct scientific research, collect and analyze scientific data, maintain effective working relationships with other biologists, agencies and managers to implement conservation actions; properly supervise employees.  Ability to work independently, outdoors in extreme weather conditions, and in isolated locations; travel as necessary for fieldwork or meetings. The knowledge ofsupervisory practices, policies, and procedures and maintain a valid driver’s license.

To Apply:  To be considered applicants must complete and submit the Applicant Profile electronically within People First, by midnight on the closing date listed for the position (  You may also attach relevant documents at the 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 for assistance. 

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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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