Panhandle Wildflower Alliance Liaison

The Florida Wildflower Foundation (FWF) is seeking an hourly contractor for up to 40 hours per month to serve as its liaison to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance (FPWA) in the 16 counties that comprise FDOT District 3. This contractor will report directly to the Florida Wildflower Foundation executive director.

This is a contract position. Interested parties must submit a resume and proposal including their hourly rate. Applicants must live in FDOT District 3.

  • Assist in identifying naturally occurring Wildflower Areas along state and county roads throughout FDOT District 3, including wildflower and weed species identification.
  • Work with FDOT to achieve FWF policy and goals. ● Respond to requests for assistance from FPWA county coordinators.
  • Interact with a variety of diverse stakeholders at the state and county levels, including government representatives, county and city commissions, tourism boards, business owners, garden clubs, native plant society chapters, Master Gardener chapters and others.
  • Plan and coordinate an annual FPWA meeting.
  • Produce detailed monthly activities report.
  • Coordinate and produce quarterly FPWA newsletter.
  • Communicate progress and other news regularly with FPWA members via list-serv, telephone and/or email. ● Help recruit FPWA members and maintain member listings by county.
  • Assist in monitoring roadsides as needed and report concerns to FDOT (state-managed roads) or local leadership (county-managed roads).
  • Administer the FPWA Facebook page and regularly post to it. Coordinate with FWF to post on other relevant platforms.
  • Provide programs and presentations; participate in regional festivals to promote the FPWA; write and distribute appropriate wildflower profiles to regional media outlets.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The qualified candidate will:

  • Have a proven record of networking and coordinating with diverse community and business groups; city, county and state government entities, volunteers and NGOs.
  • Have knowledge of the workings of state, county and municipality governments; the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s roadside wildflower program; Florida native wildflower and plants and roadside habitats; Florida Department of Transportation wildflower program and procedures, and the workings of public works departments.
  • Be located within Florida’s Panhandle.
  • Have valid driver’s license, as well as vehicle and comprehensive liability insurance.
  • Be able to operate a vehicle for more than two hours at a time and drive during both daylight and nighttime hours.
  • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds.
  • A degree in biology, botany, wildlife ecology, environmental studies or related is preferred but not required.
  • Good communication skills and expertise in social media is preferred.

To apply, upload a current resume/CV and proposal including your hourly rate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates who advance past an initial screening will be asked to provide professional references.