Working Title:  ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST-FWC
Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-04
Position Number:  77000813
Annual Salary Range:  $46,685 annually
Announcement Type:  Open Competitive
City:  GAINESVILLE
Facility:  Wildlife Research Lab
Closing Date:  10/15/2012

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Coordinates and conducts research on terrestrial birds and their habitat statewide, particularly passerines and near-passerines including, but not limited to, Florida grasshopper sparrows and Eastern painted buntings.  Assists with the application of information gained through research to management of upland bird populations and their habitat, including grasslands, prairies, sandhills, and scrub.  Avian research program areas include population ecology and habitat relationships of upland birds, including bird monitoring programs involving partners and volunteers.  Serves as Florida coordinator for the Breeding Bird Survey program.  Analyzes and publishes data in peer-reviewed journals, books, and proceedings.  Represents the FWC at conferences and meetings on terrestrial bird-related issues and serves on inter-divisional and inter-agency teams on bird-related conservation issues.  Provides technical assistance to improve the quality of terrestrial bird habitat.  Administers budgets and supervises daily activities of subordinate seasonal and temporary staff.  Some overnight travel to field sites required. 

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences or a related field and at least 4 years of professional experience related to avian research; or a Master’s degree in one of the biological sciences or a related field and at least 1 year of professional experience related to avian research; or a Ph.D. in one of the biological sciences or a related field.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants having professional experience in research with Florida’s imperiled avian species are encouraged to apply and may be given preference. 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of:  terrestrial birds and habitat with emphasis on breeding ecology, wintering ecology, population ecology, and habitat relationships; upland bird habitat conservation principles and techniques, Florida ecosystems, and identification of plants in upland habitats; avian monitoring, survey, and sampling protocols, scientific methods, study designs, principles of statistical inference and analysis, quantitative analysis of scientific data, and application of computer-based data analysis packages such as occupancy modeling and survival modeling.  Knowledge of the terminology, principles, procedures, techniques and equipment used in biological research and analysis. Skills:  identification of Florida birds by sight and sound, use of a variety of bird trapping and banding techniques including mist nets, drop traps, color banding, and blood sampling.  Ability to: collect, record, and analyze data relating to biological research, utilize problem-solving techniques, conduct research studies or analyses using scientific methods and techniques, use computer word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software packages, review technical literature and prepare scientific reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and popular articles; use laboratory and field equipment including 4WD vehicles, telemetry equipment, and fly in small airplanes and helicopters if necessary; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, work independently, plan, organize and coordinate work assignments, determine work priorities, elicit cooperation as necessary to achieve objectives and ensure proper and timely completion of assignments; assess budgetary needs and prepare and manage a budget; effectively train and supervise field staff; to incorporate biological, administrative, ethical, social, and political considerations in formulating coherent, effective policies and procedures, and to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the conduct of a Commission employee.

To Apply:  Submit a complete and up-to-date State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First, by midnight on the closing date listed.  Go to: http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com.  Please also submit 1) a resume or C.V. and 2) a cover letter in People First as attachments.  Note that supporting documentation does not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form. 

If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287.  If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110.  Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.

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 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.

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, eligible veterans and spouses of veterans will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. For applicants claiming Veterans’ Preference, please attach supporting documentation that includes character of service (for example, DD form 214 Member Copy #4) when you apply for a vacancy. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110. All documentation is due by the closing date of the job announcement.