Requisition No: 825212

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: OPS F&W BS III – 77905012

Pay Plan: Temp

Position Number: 77905012

Salary: $23.44 an hour 1920 hours a fiscal year

Posting Closing Date: 04/04/2024

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FWC Mission Statement: Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Position Title: Gopher Tortoise Compliance Biologist

Class Title: OPS Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III

Position Number: 77905012

Location: Northeast Regional Office, 1230 SW 10th Street Ocala, FL preferred; one of FWC’s regional offices may be considered based on the applicant’s qualifications

Working Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, a flexible work schedule may be authorized

List of Subordinates Supervised: None

Supervisor & Position number: Kyle Brown, Marty.Brown@MyFWC.com, 77000662

Biweekly Salary: $23.44 per hour, 1920 hours annually

Residency Requirement: Florida

Broadband Code: 19-1023-03

In addition to submitting an electronic State of Florida employment application and completing the qualifying questions, please attach a cover letter. This letter should at minimum explain your interest in the specific position and identify your most relevant skills and experiences.

Description of position:

The Division of Habitat & Species Conservation is comprised of six Sections and two offices.

This position is located in the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section.

The Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section (WDC) is seeking a fish and wildlife professional to conduct compliance monitoring of gopher tortoise easements and recipient sites. The incumbent of this position will serve on a team of biologists responsible for recipient site pre-application consultations and site visits, field verification of monitoring reports, easement compliance site visits, and annual recipient site monitoring events. The selected candidate will be expected to inform and respond to the public, partners, and FWC staff on gopher tortoise and commensal biology, conservation, research, and rule and regulations. The position requires working closely with other agency biologists who directly implement permitting actions using FWC permitting standards and providing skills and expertise on teams as needed across organizational structure. The selected candidate will also help determine listed species occurrences via the agency’s standard survey methods, as well as verify estimated population sizes and the area extent (acres) of habitat suitability and occupation. 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; and partaking in other training opportunities within and outside FWC. Some overnight travel will be required (25-50%).

Description of Duties:

  • Provide assistance to landowners through gopher tortoise recipient site pre-application consultations and site visits.
  • Assist with new recipient site applications, including the development of baseline documentation reports, conservation management plans, and legal conservation easements.
  • Coordinate and conduct monitoring and stewardship of conservation easements, recipient sites, and other conservation properties statewide following FWC’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all monitoring reports are received, reviewed for accuracy/completeness, and adequately stored in the easement database.
  • Document conservation easement violations and inform landowners of required remedies.
  • Work with FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program biologists to provide technical assistance to conservation-minded private landowners.
  • Provide extension services and technical assistance for landowners and land managers.
  • Participate in periodic outreach events directed toward landowners, land managers, and other interested parties.
  • Contribute to FWC community outreach, including its website and other public relations and educational materials.
  • Participate in line transect distance sampling population surveys for gopher tortoises, as needed.
  • Additional duties as required

Level of Education/Experience: B.S./B.A. degree or higher in the biological sciences, environmental science, natural resource management, ecology, or related discipline; one year of experience in a program related to the biological sciences, environmental science, natural resource management, ecology, or a related discipline.

Preferred: A M.S. degree or higher and at least one year of professional experience, as listed above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, able to oversee multiple projects simultaneously, and able to set priorities and complete tasks on schedule.
  • Knowledge of gopher tortoise life history, management practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of Florida upland ecosystems and suitable gopher tortoise habitat.
  • Knowledge of common land management practices, including prescribed fire and forestry techniques utilized in the Southeast.
  • Strong data management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with the ability to listen and effectively and tactfully present information to and communicate with landowners, land managers, foresters, and other staff.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to work with internal and external customers; ability to present technical information to various audiences.
  • Skills in using Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, ArcPro, Adobe Acrobat, and GPS units.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to read and interpret aerial, habitat, soils maps.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to represent agency viewpoints without personal conflicts.
  • Ability to travel and spend significant time outdoors in Florida climate conditions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Preferred):

  • Knowledge of Florida landcover classification systems (e.g., FLUCCS, FLCS) and ability to interpret land cover, soils, and survey maps.
  • Knowledge of gopher tortoise and upland vegetation survey techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of southeastern ecosystems flora and fauna.
  • Knowledge and understanding of conservation easements, permitting, and a willingness to expand personal knowledge of the topic.
  • Skills and experience conducting standardized surveys for gopher tortoises and other wildlife (line transect distance sampling experience preferred).
  • Ability to use ATVs, 4-wheel drive trucks and handle off-road conditions.


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The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.