Fisheries & Wildlife Bio Scientist II

The State of Florida

Webster , Florida


The incumbent will assist in all aspects of freshwater intensive fish culture activities; including water quality monitoring, calculating and administering feeding schedules, tank and raceway cleaning, and monitoring system control devices. Primary cultured species include Florida largemouth bass, channel catfish, striped bass and hybrids, bluegill and redear sunfish. Incumbent will also assist with transporting fish to statewide stocking locations, and grade fish to achieve specific size requirements. Assists with manual fish spawning activities, fertilized egg collection and incubation of multiple freshwater fish species cultured at the hatchery. Develops feeding strategies and helps prepare medicated feeds as assigned by supervisor. Assists in design and implementation of specific scientific studies conducted at the hatchery related to diet evaluation and growth performance of game fish, fish health chemicals and therapeutics, loading densities, etc. Assists in the preparation of quarterly and annual reports as well as conduct literature searches, assist in scientific document writing, review of scientific reports, and publishing of scientific studies conducted at the hatchery. Conducts repairs to equipment such as pumps, motors, fish hauling trailers, etc. Assists in extensive pond management culture and harvest as directed.


  • Knowledge of basic scientific terminology and principles
  • Knowledge of fish biology, fish physiology, fish pathology, fish parasites and associated symptoms of disease
  • Knowledge of fish genetics, general nutritional and environmental requirements of freshwater fish
  • Knowledge of water quality variables relating to a Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS)
  • Knowledge of proper fish culture techniques in spawning, egg handling, fry rearing, fish stocking and broodstock management
  • Knowledge of the methods, equipment and supplies used in the maintenance of a warmwater fish hatchery
  • Skilled in the use of MS Office Software
  • Ability to generate, analyze and communicate biological data in a relevant manner
  • Ability to calculate dosages and administer chemicals used to anesthetize and treat fish diseases
  • Ability to problem-solve and handle conflict with professionalism
  • Ability to effectively communicate written and orally with the scientific community and with public stakeholders
  • Ability to participate in, design and conduct biological studies/surveys
  • Ability to supervise and train employees
  • Ability to work in teams and independently to complete tasks in a timely and organized manner
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to travel out of town with overnight stays


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a life or physical science and two years of professional experience in a field or laboratory program;
  • Experience with driving up to 1-ton trucks and goose-neck trailers.
  • Must have the ability to complete light construction and plumbing repairs. 
  • Must communicate with the public effectively; work well as part of a team and with minimum supervision; possess good writing skills, and effectively communicate verbally. 


  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science, preferably in the fisheries/aquaculture sciences


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