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For questions regarding this position, please contact Kristen Penney Sommers (kristen.sommers@MyFWC.com)
Please find information below, and at this link (https://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-673112&ERFormID=newjoblist&ERFormCode=any), for a Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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Title: Biological Administrator II
Working Title: Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator
  
Level of Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science, Master’s degree preferred
 
Region – NW- Tallahassee, Headquarters
 
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
 
Section:  Exotic Species Coordination
 
Address: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 620 S. Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL   32399
 
Supervisor:  Kristen Penney Sommers, Section Leader, Exotic Species Coordination Section
 
In addition to submitting a completed State of Florida electronic application and completing the qualifying questions, applicants must attach a cover letter and up-to-date resume to be considered. Submitted cover letter should at a minimum explain your interest in working as the Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator and identify your most relevant skills and experience.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Description of position:
The Exotic Species Coordination (ESC) section is seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to serve as the Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator.  The incumbent oversees all aspects of the aspects of the Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program including policy and regulation, management, research, data monitoring and stakeholder coordination.
 
The mission of the ESC section is to minimize potentially adverse economic, health and human safety, and environmental impacts caused by terrestrial and aquatic nonnative wildlife in Florida.  This position will work on challenging nonnative species policies as part of a team with the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to challenging nonnative species management issues. 
 
Duties and responsibilities:
The incumbent is responsible for development and oversight of the nonnative fish and wildlife program.  This program provides statewide leadership, including monitoring of new species introductions, assessing nonnative species impacts, developing and implementing policies and regulation, and coordination with partners and stakeholders on nonnative fish and wildlife issues.
 
This position is responsible for leading the development of FWC policy on nonnative species and permitting issues, and coordinating administrative rule development for nonnative species, including review of species biological profiles, application of risk analysis, and drafting rule language.
 
The incumbent is also expected to work closely and effectively with internal and external stakeholders, such as FWC Division of Law Enforcement’s Captive Wildlife Unit, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, pet industry representatives, and other state and federal agencies and may represent the FWC at meetings and appropriate conferences. The incumbent may serve on multiple agency teams, help lead agency teams, or serve on interagency work groups.
 
The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of the Nonnative Species Permit Program including the Python Permit Removal Program, working with partner agencies, and supervising other staff to issue permits according to agency policy and to implement appropriate training to make this program successful.
 
The Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator is expected to effectively manage an annual budget, contracts and grants, and develop annual work plans based on team-identified long- and short-term program priorities.   
 
Supervisory responsibilities include direct supervision of 2 FTE and 2 OPS positions, with oversight of additional FTE and OPS staff within the program.  
 
The incumbent is also responsible for other miscellaneous duties as assigned by supervisor.  These duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Making budget requests, or assisting with Agency, Division or Section priorities;
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate processing and/or approval, as appropriate, of vendor invoices and warrants for payment of goods received or services rendered to avoid automatic interest penalty payments to said vendors;
  • Responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S., related to State Comptroller's rules and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invoice processing and warrant distribution.
It is expected that all FWC employees courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems they may have on matters relating to the Commission, its programs or fish and wildlife conservation in general; and garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida's citizens in a positive and proactive manner.
 
Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position: 
Incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work well with team members and members of  the public. 
Other required knowledge, skills and abilities include:
  • demonstrated working knowledge and experience in, regulatory and rule development processes; 
  • ability to work well in a fast-paced work climate, and to adhere to regulatory time constraints;
  • knowledge of wildlife science and ecology;
  • familiarity with nonnative species issues;
  • technical writing ability;
  • supervisory experience;
  • public speaking; and
  • experience working with the public and/or stakeholder representatives. 
Desired qualifications include:
  • the ability to positively and effectively communicate with stakeholders and coworkers;
  • demonstrated leadership abilities;   
  • experience and education in nonnative species biology;
  • ability and desire to be open-minded while working within a team of biologists to develop long-term solutions to nonnative wildlife management challenges;
  • ability to multi-task as well as work alone when needed;
  • database experience (MS Access and MS Excel);
  • knowledge of Florida plant/animal communities,  and
  • the ability to travel less than 25%, for several days at a time throughout Florida.
Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, and are encouraged to apply.
FWC 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 the 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.
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.
 
 
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Christina M. Romagosa
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
University of Florida
PO Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office: 352.273.3996
IKLAN-300X250
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