The Coastal Ecosystem Section at the South Florida Water Management District seeks a Lead Estuarine Systems Ecologist with experience using multivariate statistical analyses and modeling tools to understand the influence of freshwater inflow on the ecosystem function and biotic responses of estuaries and coastal systems. Although the specific area of expertise is open, individuals whose research focuses on water column communities with demonstrable abilities in linking ecosystem processes, habitat responses, and external drivers in estuaries are especially urged to apply. Knowledge of and experience working in tropical or subtropical estuarine systems are desirable.
The candidate should have demonstrable abilities in technical oral and written communication. Publication in scientific journals is encouraged. The candidate should have the ability to lead interdisciplinary teams in the application of basic science to the solution of applied problems. Through a combination of monitoring, research, and modeling, the Coastal Ecosystems Section provides the scientific basis for management of freshwater flows to estuarine systems in South Florida. This includes real time management of flows and establishing inflow requirements for water protection rules.
The Lead Scientist will work with staff in the Section, contributing to a program focused on District priorities, which include Lake Okeechobee operational protocols, water reservations, Minimum Flows and Minimum Water Levels, Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program, and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program.
This position is responsible for development of research plans, budgets, project management, and oversight of complicated applied science projects in support of district priorities, leading and interacting on high-level scientific teams both internally and externally.
This candidate will also provide oversight and mentoring to junior staff that perform field sampling of water quality and key ecological parameters used to guide management of freshwater flow into the estuaries. The ability to clearly communicate estuarine science to multiple audiences including stakeholders, agency personnel and the District’s management team and governing board is required.
Position may be filled at the Senior Scientist level.
Lead Scientist: Master’s Degree in Ecology/Marine Biology (Ph.D. preferred) or a related discipline and at least 8+ years of qualifying experience that demonstrate measurable career progression within a science discipline that can be applied to support the District’s strategic goals and objectives. Ability to trailer and captain a small watercraft is preferred, but not required.
Senior Scientist: Master’s Degree in Ecology/Marine Biology (Ph.D. preferred) or a related discipline and at least 6+ years of qualifying experience that demonstrate measurable career progression within a science discipline that can be applied to support the District’s strategic goals and objectives. Ability to trailer and captain a small watercraft is preferred, but not required.
A valid State of Florida Driver’s License is required.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Ability to work in estuarine environments in South Florida; the candidate must be able to swim.
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.
Minimum $62,961.60, Midpoint $74,838.40
WR4304321 South Science Unit
West Palm Beach Administrative Headquarters (B2)