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F&W Biological Scientist III

The State of Florida

Lakeland ,  Florida

Description of duties:

The qualified candidate selected for this Career Service position will be responsible for working with a team of biologists to review, evaluate, and process applications submitted for gopher tortoise permits, and drafts permits to agency standards. The selected candidate will coordinate and attend site visits to permitted areas to ensure compliance, to areas under consideration for permitting to evaluate and verify habitat suitability for gopher tortoises and other listed species, and determine listed species occurrences via the agency’s standard survey methods, verifying estimated population sizes, and the area extent (acres) of habitat occupation. The selected candidate will conduct assessments on previously established gopher tortoise conservation sites to confirm that requisite habitat management prescriptions have been implemented. Responsibilities also include reviewing draft conservation easement documents and habitat management plans to implement permit conservation requirements and goals. The selected candidate will work across FWC divisions and with other federal, state, regional, and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and others as appropriate to implement the management plan. They will also assist and collaborate with regional and state-wide staff and provide technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including gopher tortoise conservation. Responsible for informing and responding to the public, partners, and FWC staff on gopher tortoise and commensal biology, conservation, research, and rule and regulations. Duties include staying informed of current and relevant science regarding gopher tortoises and commensals, participating in team meetings, seminars and workshops relating to wildlife resource management or other training opportunities within and outside FWC. The selected candidate is responsible for presenting technical and educational information to conservation organizations, professional audiences, schools and civic groups.


Applicants must have at least a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, fisheries biology, or a related discipline. A Masters of Science (M.S.) degree is preferred. Knowledge in gopher tortoise and other wildlife survey procedures, the identification of natural communities and listed wildlife species endemic to Florida is highly desirable; knowledge of the Florida listed species process, permitting, and/or wildlife conservation is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in gopher tortoise and other wildlife survey protocols
  • Knowledge of Florida listed species permitting is preferred
  • Ability to identify natural communities and listed wildlife species endemic to Florida is highly desirable
  • Knowledge or experience on habitat management techniques that benefit terrestrial wildlife
  • Ability to spend long hours outdoors, walking across uneven terrain in various climate conditions
  • Ability to read and interpret aerial, habitat, soils, and FLUCCS maps
  • Skill in interacting and communicating effectively with internal and outside entities, including both written and verbal communication
  • Skill in presenting technical information to various audiences
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team
  • Skill in using computers and relevant software, use and maintenance of equipment required
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to problem-solve and handle conflict with professionalism
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task, establish and meet deadlines; possesses good time management skills
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Strong customer service skills required
  • Ability to frequently travel out of town with overnight stays 
  • Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data
  • Skill in use of Microsoft Office software, Adobe Acrobat, and ArcGIS

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