South Florida Water Management District
Okeechobee, FL, USA
This is a mid-level professional environmental compliance regulatory position, responsible for Environmental Resource post-permit compliance and enforcement of both permitted and non-permitted sites. Work will be conducted out of the Okeechobee Service Center. This position works closely with internal regulatory staff, interagency teams and the regulated community to resolve issues related to Environmental Resource Permits, Surface Water Management Permit, Sovereign Submerged Lands authorization and Wetland Jurisdictional Determination. Candidates shall have knowledge of wetland systems, soil science, ecosystems typical of Florida, native and non-native flora and fauna and basic knowledge of groundwater hydrology and ground water/surface water interactions. Knowledge of wetland mitigation practices and wetland functional assessments such as the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method are preferred. Position includes preparation of technical and legal documents under the direct supervision of a Supervisor. This position involves both internal and external project coordination as well as representing the District with interagency work groups and in public outreach presentations. The ability to resolve complex environmental issues in a collaborative manner are necessary for the position. Work is performed in a team-based, deadline-oriented setting. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Applicants must have experience in successfully communicating with other professionals, attorneys, developers, agriculturist, utility operators, and other members of the public on technical, scientific or regulatory matters and be able to exercise independent judgement to the degree appropriate for the situation. Candidates will have the demonstrated ability to schedule and manage time to meet tight deadlines and must have experience in the use of personal computers and programs including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and ArcGIS. Duties include attending site inspections, pre-construction meetings, staking and roping inspections, tracking deliverables for permits, monitoring report review, data entry, and resolution of non-compliance matters. The position includes both office and field work, which may include being in remote areas during harsh or inclement weather. Field work often includes on and off-road vehicular travel and helicopter surveillance. Incumbents must be willing and able to conduct field work in a variety of rigorous field conditions, in remote and heavily vegetated areas, and to lift 40 pounds. Employment Guidelines This position may be filled as an Environmental Analyst 2 or Environmental Analyst 1 Environmental Analyst 2: Typically has a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural or physical sciences, or other related field and 1+ years of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within the scientific discipline that can be applied to support the District’s strategic goals and objectives. Experience in subtropical environments, especially Central and South Florida preferred. Environmental Analyst 1: Typically has a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural or physical sciences, or other related field and less than 1 year of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within the scientific discipline that can be applied to support the District’s strategic goals and objectives. Experience in subtropical environments, especially Central and South Florida preferred. Licenses Valid State of Florida driver’s license. Physical Requirements/ Working Environment Due to the District’s response role in emergency management, this position will be required to provide support before, during and/or after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on the incumbent’s assigned emergency response role.
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South Florida Water Management District
Orlando, FL, USA
An advanced level, regulatory position, responsible for development and implementation of rules, policies and agreements related to wetland impacts and mitigation associated with environmental resource permitting and compliance. This position will be responsible for representing the District on inter-agency workgroups, task forces, and in public presentations. Must be able to deal effectively with a wide variety of challenging technical and non-technical problems that involve ambiguity and uncertainty, resource constraints, tight schedules and budget, operational impacts, and policy and financial implications. Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills on broad, complex technical issues. Independently plans, schedules, coordinates, manages, and conducts complex scientific processes or multi-phase applied science studies or projects supporting water resources management and environmental restoration initiatives, some of which may deal with unique, controversial or difficult issues. Comprehensive understanding of wetland community structure and function and how biological and physical components affect wetlands and wetland processes. Ability to independently assess site specific physical factors to predict how the alteration of these factors by proposed development activities may influence wetland function and the ecological processes of wetland succession and wetland creation, restoration or enhancement success. Ability to effectively work within the limits of the District's regulatory programs while protecting the water resources of the District. Thorough understanding of environmental permitting criteria, statutory requirements of Chapter 253, F.S., Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S. and knowledge of species-specific laws and regulations. The incumbent’s responsibilities include review and analysis of environmental resource permit applications having controversial or complex water resource issues as well as conducting wetland delineations, application of Sovereign Submerged Lands criteria, and ecological field analysis for project sites. Also, represents District concerns regarding legislative issues and rulemaking activities. This position will work under minimal supervision. Work is performed in a team-based, deadline-oriented setting. Employment Guidelines This position may be filled as Senior Environmental Analyst or an Environmental Analyst 4. Senior Environmental Analyst: Typically has Master’s Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences and 6+ years’ experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within scientific discipline that can be applied to support the District's strategic goals and objectives. Experience in subtropical environments, especially Central Florida preferred. Environmental Analyst 4: Typically has Master’s Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences and 4+ years’ experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within scientific discipline that can be applied to support the District's strategic goals and objectives. Experience in subtropical environments, especially Central Florida preferred. Licenses and Certifications Professional certification as Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) or Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), preferred. Florida Driver's License Physical Requirements/ Working Environment Both office and field work are required. Field work may be conducted throughout the year including inclement or harsh weather conditions. Frequent vehicular travel to meetings and project locations to conduct site inspections. Occasional aircraft travel by helicopter to conduct inspections. 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.