This is a technical position that supports monitoring programs throughout the District's geographic area by collecting manual and electronic water quality, ecological, and/or biological samples, following the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Standard Operating Procedures.
In addition, this position is responsible for critically observing and comprehensively documenting field conditions which could affect the quality of the samples and/or data collected from the site; deploying, maintaining and repairing related instrumentation and equipment; obtaining coordinates of monitoring sites using GPS and software; and performing emergency support duties. Candidates must be experienced with the use of a PC and software; have strong experience with trailering/launching and operating medium to large powerboats in large bodies of water such as Lake Okeechobee and nearshore/offshore coastal waters; and have experience working/sampling from boats. Experience operating airboats and sampling from helicopters is preferred.
Associate's Degree in Natural or Physical Science or related field and at least four (4) years’ experience in scientific support, preferably water quality data collection.
The candidate must be able to swim.
Working hours are Monday - Thursday from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm. This position will report to the Okeechobee Water Quality Monitoring Development and Implementation Field Unit.
Valid State of Florida Driver's License
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Candidate must be capable of performing fieldwork under hot humid wet conditions in areas occupied by animals such as alligators, snakes, sharks, stingrays and stinging/biting insects; be able to lift and carry equipment (up to 40 lbs.) in the field and work from 4 wheel drive vehicle, helicopter, boat or airboat. The majority of the 40-hour work week will be spent in the field for the collection of samples and/or data.
This position will require travel involving overnight stays, and the successful applicant may be required to be away from home for several consecutive days at a time.
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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