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.
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.