Thursday, September 1, 2016

Heartland CISMA addition: OKS Bio III position

My old job at Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area with FL Fish & Wildlife is open.  It's a land management position, but they're also looking for someone interested in plants and groundcover restoration. 


Please pass this on, especially to people you think would be good.  It's a beautiful place!



Jean McCollom

Natural Ecosystems

985 Sanctuary Road, Naples, FL 34120

239/304-1847 or 239/289/4257 cell


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Req No:  77072753-51171494-20160818121506

  Agency Name:  Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-03
Position Number:  77072753-51171494
Annual Salary Range:  $1,456.45 bi-weekly + benefits
Announcement Type:  Open Competitive
City:  FELDA
Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB009
Closing Date:  9/22/2016

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Position number: 77072753

Position Office Address: 100 CR 832 Felda, FL 33930

Supervisor: Beth Morford


Description of duties: Incumbent is responsible for day to day operations on the Okaloacoochee (OK) Slough Wildlife Management Area located in Hendry County, Florida.  Primary responsibilities include identifying, planning, and implementing effective projects consistent with the habitat management goals for the WMA; maintaining current and establishing new ground cover restoration areas; providing oversight and direction to ensure that equipment and infrastructure is properly maintained; supporting and conducting public hunts, developing and promoting non-hunting recreational use, preparing for and conducting wildlife surveys, maintaining databases using ArcGIS, and coordinating with the Florida Forestry Service on management issues related to the OK Slough State Forest. The incumbent will supervise one full-time OPS Biologist II and other seasonal staff as needed.

Broadband code: 19-1023-03

Class code: 5074

Region: South

Title: Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist III

County: Hendry

Working hours: 8-5 M-F, evening and weekends as required

List of any subordinates supervised:  1 OPS Biologist II and seasonal staff as needed

Residency requirement:  Must live within 25 miles of the field office located at 100 CR 832, Felda, FL 33930

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree with a major in one of the biological sciences and 2 years of experience in habitat and/or wildlife management.  Must be willing and able to conduct wildlife surveys from aircraft.  Must have a valid driver's license. Must have some supervisory experience.


Preferred Qualifications: Background in botany and a strong familiarity with both native and exotic vegetation in South Florida (especially grasses and other herbaceous species), experience with ground cover restoration and/or hydrological restoration work, wildlife surveys, and prescribed burning.  One or more years of supervisory experience.

Salary: $1,456.45 bi-weekly + benefits

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

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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Beth supervises this position; give her a call if you have any questions.


Beth Morford, District Biologist

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Wildlife and Habitat Management Section

Phone: (561) 722-2188


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