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Florida FWC Seeks Marine Fisheries Research Associate in Florida Keys

Florida FWC Seeks Marine Fisheries Research Associate in Florida Keys

Section: Marine Fisheries Research - Keys Fisheries Research


This position serves as a staff member of the Florida Keys based FWRI research team that conducts biological research related to reef fish and their fisheries. The general role of this position within the team is to collect, manage, and analyze data, synthesize results, and produce a range of final products under the direction of the team leader. Specific duties include:

  • Participate in data collection activities in the field and laboratory. Underwater data collection requires participation in SCUBA diving.
  • Establish and maintain databases associated with the program research projects and enter and proof data for accuracy.
  • Analyze data collected from the program’s field and laboratory projects using appropriate parametric and non-parametric statistical and GIS techniques.
  • Assist in the preparation of scientific technical reports, manuscripts, project summaries, grant writing and other products suitable for the entire range of stakeholder interests.
  • Prepare and deliver formal and informal presentations at seminars, meetings, public outreach, etc.
  • Operate and maintain research vessels in coordination with other field staff.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or fisheries and three years of professional experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or fisheries; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or fisheries and one year of professional experience as described above; or a doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the physical or natural sciences or fisheries. Must be a certified SCUBA diver.


  • Knowledge of principles and techniques used in scientific research, experimental design and statistical analysis of large-scale survey, fish population, and fisheries data.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and associated database, spreadsheet, presentation, statistical software (R, SAS) and GIS software.
  • Ability to provide and interpret fisheries information from a state or regional basis for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other relevant management agencies.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment, particularly those used in life history and underwater fish data collection programs.
  • Ability to identify marine flora, finfish, and invertebrate fauna that occur in the Florida Keys.
  • Ability to work independently; utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner, understand, review, and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to fisheries resource management, present scientific methods and results to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Ability to perform strenuous field duties under potentially adverse weather conditions and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, colleagues and the agency’s stakeholders.
  • Must be a certified SCUBA diver and be able to qualify as a FWRI/AAUS certified diver which includes the ability to pass a swim test and a medical evaluation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely trailer and operate vessels smaller than 26’ in length and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment up to 50 lbs. and endure long work hours and extensive periods of time in the field.

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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market: Key West

Working Title: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE-FWC - 77072851

Position Number: 77072851

Salary: $1,704.89 bi-weekly, $44,327 Annually

Posting Closing Date: 12/10/2019

Open Competitive Opportunity

This is a Career Service position with benefits.

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

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