Monday, May 12, 2014

want to go in on some air potato beetles?, FWC IPM ranking meeting, EDRR priority species list, job

Hi all,


·         Heartland CISMA air potato beetle biocontrol project idea for this summer: Dave Butcher of the Florida Forest Service asked if we could do a CISMA release of air potato beetles. Eric Rohrig of FFS says he’s interested but wants to know the scale. If you’re interested in having this happen, let me know by Tuesday, May 20th so I can get an idea of how many sites we’re talking about. Tell me the site name and location. The timing of release will depend on how many sites are interested in participating and how we do this. They would require 1 month notice (average beetle development time from egg to adult) for release on multiple sites at once or we could get a few hundred once or twice a week for a few weeks, which would require less notice. Once we decide who’s interested, we’ll figure out which way to go (big bang or extended release).

·         Don’t forget the West Central Upland Working Group RANKING MEETING will be Wednesday May 21st at Circle B Bar Reserve starting at 10:30 am.  Contact Tabitha Biehl for more info at office: 863-534-7377, cell: 863-899-8157

Circle B Bar Reserve

4399 Winter Lake Road

Lakeland, Fl 33803

·         The Heartland CISMA priority EDRR species list (those species eligible for FWC EDRR Strike Team work for easy-to-access infestations <10 ac, in addition to cogon grass and climbing ferns) will be posted this week as a quick link on our homepage at: There is at least one project in our CISMA that is using this strike team this year, a great resource that you can apply for year-round.

·         Finally, a job opening below with FWC. Remember, if you have anything to share with the group, send it on in!




Req No: 77001110-51162541-20140425140006

Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-03
Position Number: 77001110-51162541
Annual Salary Range: $1,456.45 bi-weekly + benefits
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB009
Closing Date: 5/16/2014

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.








Position number: 77001110

Address: 3900 Drane Field Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811

Supervisor: Nicole Ranalli

Description of duties: Wildlife and Environmental Area Responsibilities: Includes direct involvement in the development and implementation of management programs for the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area to perpetuate native wildlife populations. Coordination of the development and periodic revision of long-range, comprehensive management plans, input and review for the preparation of programs, annual work plans, budget proposals, area regulations, brochures and reports (both Federal-aid and State). Collection of biological data to evaluate wildlife population numbers / fluctuations and land response to habitat management and user pressures. Accomplish Commission-planned activities such as controlled burning, mechanical treatments, resource inventories, road repairs, fence maintenance, public hunt management, etc. Provide wildlife-related recreational opportunities including consumptive and non-consumptive uses where appropriate. Propose regulations based on sound biological and sociological principles to control activities on the area. Identification and protection of endangered species and habitats. Documentation, recommendation and administration of eradication programs for exotic plant and animal species to ensure ecosystem integrity.

Knowledge Skills Abilities: Wildlife ecology; ecosystem management; ability to write technical reports; wildlife and habitat survey and inventory knowledge; the ability to operate outdoors under inclement weather conditions; the ability to identify common and imperiled species; the ability to work productively unsupervised; the ability to design statistically sound projects; strong GIS skills; strong leadership skills to supervise and motivate a staff of six; strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with cooperators, coworkers, and constituents.

Broadband code: 19-1023-3

Class code: 5074

Region: South west

Title: Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist III

County: Highlands

Working hours: Average number of hours per week: 40 hrs.

List of any subordinates supervised: 2 Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist IIs, 2 Fish and Wildlife Technicians, 1 volunteer coordinator and 1 staff assistant

Residency requirement: Required to reside within a 25 mile radius of Royce Ranch Field Office

Level of Education-: BS in wildlife ecology/management (MS preferred)

FWC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application / selection process, please contact the hiring authority n advance.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

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History: 07/01/02





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