Employment with FWRI

The institute recruits primarily scientists and science technicians. To a lesser degree, administrative functions and facility maintenance also require the expertise of qualified administrative, accounting, clerical and maintenance staff.

Career Service, Select Exempt and Senior Management Employment (CS/SES/SMS)
Most state jobs are in the Career Service (CS) pay plan. The Career Service system provides uniform pay, job classification, benefits, and recruitment for the majority of non-management jobs within state agencies. Middle management and some professional positions such as physicians, attorneys, bureau chiefs are included in the Selected Exempt Service (SES). The Senior Management Service (SMS) includes upper management and policy-making positions.  Both the SES and SMS serve "at will."

Other Personal Service Employment
Other-Personal-Services (OPS) employment is an "at will" employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term, temporary or seasonal tasks. Many OPS positions at the institute are supported by grant funding. Although OPS employment does not provide paid leave, retirement or insurance benefits, OPS are covered by worker's compensation and are eligible to participate in the state's Tax Deferred Compensation Program, which is a retirement plan. Additionally, OPS employees, unless exempt, are required to participate in a tax-deferred alternate retirement investment plan which replaces usual social security contributions.

How to Apply
To explore and apply to employment opportunities with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and within other Florida state agencies, visit the PeopleFirst web site at: http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com.

You may search for vacancies in the People First system by agency, county, region, title, wages and occupational field. Prepare your application within the system and submit it electronically to each advertised vacancy for which you are qualified. You can also request notification of advertised vacancies that are commensurate with your knowledge, skills, and abilities and other specified criteria such as location. Applications must be received within PeopleFirst no later than the posted closing date and time. To be considered, a submission is required for each advertised vacancy of interest. Note that submission of resumes and other supporting documentation may be requested, but does not replace the requirement for the submission of the State of Florida Application Form when applying to an advertised vacancy.  If you experience difficulty applying electronically, you may fax your State of Florida Application before the closing date and time directly to People First at 1-888-403-2110 or call a staffing specialist at 1-877-562-7287. Please reference in the fax the title and position number to which you're applying.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/ADA 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 hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. If a conditional offer of employment is made, you will be required to provide identification and proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States for the hiring authority to which application is made.  E-Verify will be used to confirm work authorization.

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.

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.

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