Deputy Dir. of Freshwater Fisheries Mgmt

State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL, USA 🇺🇸


The Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management (DFFM) is seeking a Deputy Division Director that that has extensive knowledge in administrative and management practices, an understanding of fisheries management principles, and a desire to foster employee motivation and engagement.

The incumbent of this position is responsible for providing oversight and guidance on all current division programs, with direct responsibility for intergovernmental coordination, planning, and policy development.  Responsibilities include coordinating the development and implementation of new initiatives that will expand the current capacity and scope of agency-sponsored fish and wildlife conservation programs including strategic initiatives and various issue teams.  New initiatives will focus on development of effective partnerships and incentives to foster more effective fish and wildlife conservation.

Serves on DFFM’s Division Leadership Team with the Division Director and other regional leadership to provide oversight and direction; executive supervision; performance assessments; and planning, budgeting, and monitoring of division activities.  Shares responsibility for the integration of program efforts with other FWC Divisions and Offices to ensure staff are working closely with all related and affected Divisions and Offices.  Serves as a Division liaison with stakeholders and partners to ensure responsiveness to their interests and serves as a Division liaison with State and Federal agencies in areas of mutual concern. 

Assists in the analysis and preparation of legislative bills.  May appear before the State Legislature and Commissioners of FWC to provide information on Division activities, proposed regulations, and to answer questions on complex/controversial legislation or issues.  Handles technical questions from Commissioners, Legislators, public, and media on the policies and procedures of the Division and activities of the overall agency.


All FWC staff are expected to 1) courteously assist Commission constituents to resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission’s programs or fish and wildlife conservation; 2) seek to garner public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive manner.  Additionally, this position is responsible for timely and accurate processing of vendor invoices and warrants for payments of goods, and 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 procedures.


•        Knowledge of Florida based freshwater fisheries, habitat and systems management

•        Knowledge of Florida’s freshwater fishery related rules and laws

•        Knowledge of the FWC rule making process, the Florida legislative process and how it relates to FWC 

•        Knowledge of FWC’s freshwater fish hatcheries and the role they play in management and research of Florida’s sport fish and aquatic species

•        Knowledge of FWCs Freshwater Fisheries Research Section, its capabilities, and partnership between management and research

•        Ability to motivate and provide leadership for direct reports and understand informal, non-authority-based leadership

•        Ability to drive and lead change

•        Ability to organize and motivate a team of people in different locations

•        Ability to manage multiple projects with short timelines and due dates

•        Ability to problem solve and create innovative solutions to complex fisheries management and conservation challenges

•        Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and exercises initiative 

•        Ability to synthesize large amounts of complicated information into a concise, easily understood format with logical, appropriate solution recommendations

•        Ability to be an effective verbal communicator to both an internal and external audience; arrive at key points quickly, shares ideas and concepts in ways that are easily understood

•        Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software applications

•        Skill in group/meeting facilitation techniques and methods

•        Skill in personnel development

•        Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments

•        Ability to communicate effectively

•        Ability to establish maintain effective working relationships with others

•        Ability to resolve personnel issues

•        Ability to travel overnight and work flexible hours to meet project objectives


•        Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

•        Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check. The criminal history check must be completed prior to or within the first thirty days of employment.

•        A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences, or a related field and five years of professional supervision, management, and leadership experience, or

•        A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences, or a related field, and three years of professional experience as described above.

In addition to submitting a completed state application via People First, applicants are required to submit a current resume and cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the position.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee