The Coastal Ecosystem Section at the South Florida Water Management District seeks a senior level scientist responsible for conducting coastal watershed analyses to support the protection and restoration of south Florida’s coastal and estuarine ecosystems using tools such as ecological models, multiple statistical approaches, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The successful candidate should have knowledge of theories and principles of coastal hydrology/hydrodynamics and water quality. This position requires database management expertise and experience with script programming. The candidate should have the ability to conduct synthesis on large data sets. The candidate should have demonstrable abilities in technical written and oral communication. Publication in scientific journals is encouraged. Individuals whose expertise emphasizes quantitative analysis of spatial and time series data and a background in coastal systems are especially encouraged to apply.
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 primary role of this position is to investigate relationships between inflow dynamics and ecological responses in the Northern Estuaries. The Scientist will work with staff in the Section in support of District priorities, which include Lake Okeechobee operational protocols, water reservations, minimum flows and Levels, Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program.
This Senior Scientist will provide oversight and mentoring to junior staff that perform field sampling and analysis of water quantity and quality parameters used to guide management of freshwater flow into the estuaries. The candidate must also provide technical leadership to contract managers, author research articles for publication in peer reviewed journals, and interact on high-level scientific teams both internally and externally. The ability to clearly communicate estuarine science to multiple audiences including stakeholders, agency personnel and the districts management team and the governing board is required.
Position may be filled at the Scientist 4 level.
Senior Scientist: Master’s Degree in Coastal Science/or a related water resource field and at least six (6) years of qualifying experience in water resources or similar field. Demonstrate successful applications of substantive skills in data base management, analyses and tool development including, but not limited to, R and/or Python. South Florida water resources management experience and knowledge of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program is a plus.
Scientist 4: Bachelor’s Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences and 4+ years of qualifying experience in water resources or similar field. Demonstrate successful applications of substantive skills in data base management, analyses and tool development including, but not limited to, R and/or Python. South Florida water resources management experience and knowledge of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program is a plus.
A valid State of Florida Driver’s license is required.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Ability to work in South Florida estuarine environments requires the candidate to 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. Ability to trailer and captain a small watercraft is preferred, but not required.
Minimum $59,966.40, Midpoint $71,281.60
WR4304323 North Science Unit
West Palm Beach Administrative Headquarters (B2)