Employment with FWRI

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute recruits primarily scientists and science technicians. Business services and facility maintenance also require the expertise of qualified management, administrative, public information, clerical and maintenance staff.

The Broadband Classification and Compensation Program incorporates the Career Service (CS), Select Exempt Service (SES) and Senior Management Service (SMS) systems. Of the Institute’s CS/SES/SMS position, most are Career Service (CS). CS positions include most research, technical, administrative and maintenance positions. There is a one year probationary period for career service positions. The Selected Exempt Service (SES) includes middle management positions such as assistant directors, research administrators, business and facility managers, etc., and some professional positions such as physicians and attorneys. The Senior Management Service (SMS) includes upper management and policy-making positions.  Both the SES and SMS serve "at will."

All of these positions, CS/SES/SMS, offer a generous benefits package including, paid leave, employee/employer paid retirement, worker’s compensation, life insurance and employer contributions for health insurance. Supplemental insurance plans such as dental, vision, disability, etc., are employee paid, but are available through payroll deduction.

Other Personal Service Employment
Other-Personal-Services (OPS) employment is an "at will" employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing  temporary or seasonal tasks. Most OPS positions at the Institute are supported by grant funding. Although OPS employment does not provide paid leave or employer-paid retirement benefits  OPS are covered by worker's compensation and are eligible to participate in the state's Tax Deferred Compensation Program, which is an employee-paid retirement plan and if eligibility requirements are satisfied, OPS may participate in health and other supplemental insurance plans provided under the Affordable Care Act 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, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and within other Florida state agencies, visit the People First website. 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 may also attach relevant files to your applicant profile such as proof of veteran’s preference, if claimed, transcripts, resume, etc. You can also request notification of advertised vacancies that are commensurate with your knowledge, skills, and abilities and other specified criteria such as location. Your applicant profile must be submitted within the People First system no later than the posted closing date and time for the position to which you are applying. To be considered, a submission is required for each advertised vacancy of interest. If you experience difficulty applying electronically, you may call a staffing specialist at 1-877-562-7287. Please reference the requisition number, title and position number to which you're trying to apply.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/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 (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida 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., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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. Candidates claiming veteran’s preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes the character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member coCopy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, F.A.C. All documentation is due by the close of each vacancy announcement.



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