Senior Environmental Scientist

  • South Florida Water Management District
  • West Palm Beach, FL, USA
  • Aug 24, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Geoscience-Hydrogeology Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description

Job Description

Sr. Scientist – Applied Periphyton/ Microbial Ecologist
Everglades Systems Assessment Section
The Everglades Systems Assessment Section seeks an experienced Periphyton/Microbial Ecologist to conduct research in support of Everglades restoration.

The primary responsibilities will be to examine the linkages between periphyton/submersed aquatic vegetation and the flow of carbon and phosphorus, primary productivity, and foodweb dynamics in the Everglades as a function of water management; specifically, hydrology (hydroperiod and flow), water quality, and restoration plans. 
The successful candidate will be an integral team member of multidisciplinary teams that are conducting landscape-scale adaptive management experiments; including:

1) Experiments to restore marsh ridge-slough functionality, trophic dynamics, wildlife diversity and abundance and potentially re-oligotrophication of the Everglades.
2) A before-after-control-impact (BACI) flow experiment to evaluate hydrological and ecological responses to restored sheetflow and removal of barriers to flow (canal/levees).
Specific area of expertise can be periphyton ecology, microbial ecology, or aquatic foodweb ecology.  Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills to technical and lay audiences, and the ability to work well within a team, are essential.

Employment Guidelines
Typically has Master's Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences, prefer PhD with post-doctoral experience, 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.

Valid State of Florida Driver's License.

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.


Government- Local/Regional


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