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OPS Biological Scientist II

The State of Florida

Panama City ,  Florida

This is an exciting opportunity for an outgoing, self-motivated individual with a commitment to conservation. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, leadership, community development, project design, and communication skills; will enjoy working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds; and will demonstrate dedication to the FWC mission and conservation of Florida’s fish, wildlife and habitat resources.

This position provides direct volunteer coordination for conservation volunteer projects, geared toward, but not limited to, natural community and wildlife habitat restoration, imperiled species conservation, conflict and exotic (invasive) species management in the FWC’s Northwest region. The Regional Volunteer Coordinator position will be stationed at the Northwest Regional Office in Panama City, Florida. The Coordinator will manage volunteers and oversee volunteer programs throughout the Northwest region, including recruiting, training, and managing volunteers; planning, developing, implementing and managing volunteer programs; and providing volunteer management support to the FWC’s program managers and technical staff. The Coordinator will also network with external agencies to establish partnerships and assist with implementing volunteer projects on public and private lands.


  • Work with the FWC’s regional staff to identify, plan, train, orient, and manage volunteers to implement conservation citizen science and stewardship projects
  • Develop, coordinate, and manage multiple conservation volunteer projects
  • Counsel the FWC’s regional staff on volunteer management practices and volunteer policies and procedures
  • Work closely with the FWC’s Volunteer Program Manager and other regional volunteer coordinators to manage conservation volunteer projects
  • Handle as much of the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers and volunteer documentation (paperwork) as possible to support regional staff and programs
  • Participate as an active member of the FWC’s Volunteer Standing Team
  • Recruit volunteers for one-day, short-term, and long-term projects
  • Promote the FWC’s volunteer programs to regional organizations, colleges, student groups, clubs, etc.
  • Develop and conduct volunteer orientations and trainings to meet regional staff needs
  • Plan and implement volunteer recognition events
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other conservation agencies and organizations and private landowners to coordinate conservation volunteer projects
  • Maintain accurate records of all regional volunteer forms and data
  • Record volunteer hours in a volunteer database and assist the FWC’s Volunteer Program Manager with compiling quarterly and annual reports as well as other agency report information on an as need basis
  • Conduct formal evaluation of volunteer programs
  • Deliver presentations at regional and statewide meetings, workshops, and scientific conferences

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership or management role
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to handle stressful and difficult situations in a professional manner
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Florida’s native flora and fauna (preferred)
  • Knowledge of or an aptitude to learn about the local ecology
  • Ability to work outdoors conducting land management activities in remote locations and often in physically demanding circumstances
  • Ability to plan and direct the work of volunteers
  • Experience in event planning and scheduling
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and to set and meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking and preparing effective multi-media presentations
  • Ability to effectively use computer programs to conduct work duties (including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access) and experience with or ability to learn volunteer database and GIS (including ArcGIS) programs
  • Knowledge of social media applications to promote volunteer opportunities
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently (within 100 mile radius), with flexibility to work weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Ability to operate power tools safely, including chainsaws, and to train and supervise volunteers performing fieldwork to adhere to safety guidelines and precautions
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must have a current Florida driver’s license (or ability to obtain one upon hiring) and must provide own transportation to and from work

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