Scientist Senior- Natural Resource Mgmt

  • South Florida Water Management District
  • Fort Myers, FL, United States
  • Mar 07, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater Wetlands/Coastlines/Floodpains Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Job Description

The worksite for this position is the Fort Myers Service Center with periodic visits and activities conducted from the Big Cypress Basin office in Naples. Occasional daily and overnight travel required to West Palm Beach and the Okeechobee Service Center.  
Conducts technical environmental review and analysis of moderate to complex environmental resource permit applications, sovereign submerged lands authorizations, water use permits, and wetland jurisdictional determinations. This position also conducts post-permit environmental compliance, which involves reviewing permitted projects, reviewing the associated monitoring reports and conducting site visits to determine environmental compliance, reviewing and monitoring restoration plans and activities, and responding to public inquiries and complaints. Work is conducted with minimal supervision and in accordance with new or established criteria, accepted natural resource management principles, and standard environmental resource and water use permitting practices. This position provides technical advice and support to lower level staff, and other South Florida Water Management District units and external organizations, as a representative of the District.   
Requires knowledge of Environmental Resource Permitting rules and regulations, wetland science, basic knowledge of ground water and surface water hydrology, soil science, ecosystems typical of Florida, native and non-native flora and fauna, and wetland functional assessments such as the Wetland Rapid Assessment Procedure (WRAP) and the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM). Incumbent must be proficient in analyzing maps, aerial photographs, reading construction plans and specifications, and interpreting engineering and environmental reports.   Must be able to analyze and address moderate to complex permit applications and non-compliance issues and skillfully prepare the necessary written and oral reports commensurate with the complexity of the project. Ability to reprioritize workloads to effectively respond to special requests and/or unplanned situations; and ability to evaluate and change workflows/process.  This position involves coordination with other government agencies, it requires extensive knowledge of the technical aspects of the District regulatory program as well as knowledge of local government permitting programs and other regulatory agencies rules and criteria.

Work is performed in a teamwork-based and deadline-oriented environment and excellent organizational and written and oral communication skills are required. The candidate must demonstrate strong teamwork and conflict resolution skills, as well as experience in communicating effectively with the public and the wide variety of professionals involved with the District’s regulatory program. Candidates must also be willing and able to conduct field work in a variety of rigorous field conditions, including in remote and heavily vegetated areas, and to lift up to 40 pounds.  
Education/Employment guideline: Master’s Degree is required, with either a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in the Natural or Physical sciences or other related field.   Also required are six (6) years of related work experience, including at least four (4) years of experience with ERP/SWM permitting programs.
Certifications such as Certified Environmental Professional (CEP), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), Certified Ecologist (CE), etc. are preferred but not required. Valid State of Florida Driver’s License is required.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment:
Due to the District's response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.

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Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


Salary Minimum $59,966.40. Salary Midpoint: $71,281.60