Senior Wetland Scientist

  • South Florida Water Management District
  • West Palm Beach, FL, USA
  • Apr 22, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description

Job Description

This is a senior-level scientist position to support efforts in the management and optimization of the District’s Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs). This includes high level scientific research and will be expected to design and implement complex studies under the Restoration Strategies Science Plan. The STAs are a critical component of the overall Everglades Restoration program and regulatory permits require achievement of very low phosphorus concentrations at the STA discharges. 

This position performs a variety of duties that includes a combination of field work, data management, complex data analysis, scientific writing, technical presentations, and providing recommendations to management and operation of the STAs.  Field work includes conducting surveys and monitoring in the STAs, which are shallow wetlands, including water sampling, vegetation surveys and sampling, and soil sampling. Surveys and monitoring work will be conducted following established protocols and procedures. The incumbent should be able to work independently with minimal supervision and would be working with various interdisciplinary teams, sometimes overseeing a team of scientists to implement studies.  Ability to manage contracts preferred.
 
Field work involves working in remote and heavy vegetative areas with exposure to a hot and humid environment and potential exposure to or encounter with stinging/biting insects, snakes, and alligators. Experience working in remote wetland environments is critical and experience operating airboats is highly preferred. Basic water skills and the ability to lift up to 40 pounds are required.  Ability to follow standard procedures and conduct complex scientific data analysis experience are also critical for the position. 

​Also required are demonstrable skills in technical writing, delivering technical presentations, working in remote wetland environments, and good teamwork are also required.   Ability to operate airboats is preferred.

This position may be filled at the Scientist 4 level. ​

Employment Guidelines:

Senior Wetland Scientist: Candidates must have a minimum of Master's Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences and 6+ year of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression related to wetlands ecosystems, nutrient cycling, and applied science research. Familiarity and experience in experimental design, data analysis, and data interpretation is required.  

Scientist 4: Candidates must have a minimum of Master's Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences and 4+ year of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression related to wetlands ecosystems, nutrient cycling, and applied science research. Familiarity and experience in experimental design, data analysis, and data interpretation is required. 

Licenses
A 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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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

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