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Scientist 4 with South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach, Florida

Type of position Scientist 4
Employer South Florida Water Management District
Description of Employer The South Florida Water Management District is the oldest and largest of the state\’s five water management districts, managing water resources in a 16-county region that stretches from Orlando to the Florida Keys, serving a population of 8.1 million. The agency\’s original mission was to provide flood control for South Florida residents by operating what has become one of the largest water management systems in the world. Today, our responsibilities have expanded to managing the regional water supply, improving water quality and protecting and restoring unique ecosystems, including the Everglades.
Location West Palm Beach, Florida
Salary Min: $54,3721.20 Midpoint: $64,625.60
Closing date of competition Open until filled
Date position available August 1, 2017
Description of duties
A mid-level professional position responsible for coordinating vegetation management activities within the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project.  This position serves as the resident expert on aquatic vegetation management control issues and is responsible for ensuring District compliance with various aquatic plant management permits, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit (NPDES).  Requires a strong background in botany, herbicide application technologies, and integrated pest management practices.

This position will provide technical support to District field stations and will oversee support contracts for canal/levee management, aquatic and some upland invasive species control.  This includes pre- and post-treatment inspections, developing work plans, statements of work and contractual work orders, on-site ground and aerial herbicide application contractor coordination and monitoring.  Will appropriately plan projects and collaborate with aquatic plant management researchers on aquatic plant management evaluations.  May also assists Land Stewardship and Stormwater Treatment Area Vegetation Management staff as needed.

In addition, this position also serves as the primary point of contact to the Army Corps of Engineers & FWC for coordination of aquatic plant management activities on Lake Okeechobee, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and the Kissimmee River.  As the contract manager for the FWC Aquatic Plant Management Program, this position is responsible for oversight of aquatic plant management expenditures, attending/participating in Interagency and public meetings and coordinating monthly interagency flights.

The incumbent shall work independently under general supervision and is routinely exposed to a variety of challenging technical and non-technical problems that involves uncertainties, resource constraints, tight schedules and budget, policy and financial implications.  The ideal candidate will have good verbal and written communication skills, ability to plan and manage heavy workloads, enthusiasm, a temperament for dealing with harsh field conditions, and a willingness and commitment to actively contribute to a collaborative team work effort.

This position reports to the Vegetation Management Section’s Supervising Scientist in the Canal/Levee and Aquatic Plant Management Unit.  The work environment is a combination of office and field work, with regular exposure to a hot and humid environment in remote and heavy vegetative areas, with exposure to stinging/biting insects, snakes, and alligators.  May be required to lift up to 40 lbs.

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.


Qualifications sought Typically has a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Agronomy, Weed Science, Botany, Plant Ecology, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management). Masters preferred.  A minimum of four (4) years of vegetation management experience is required.  Experience with aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, monitoring, control, and management is preferred and proficiency working with complex databases is preferred.

A valid State of Florida Driver’s License is required. 

Possession or ability to acquire within 180 days State of Florida restricted pesticide applicators license.  

Airboat experience preferred.  District airboat certification will be required within 180 days.


Application procedure
Submit what Applicants must apply online at www.sfwmd.gov/careers

Job reference 1958BR

Submit to Applicants must apply online at www.sfwmd.gov/careers.
Job reference 1958BR
Additional Information The SFWMD offers competitive wages and benefits. EOE.
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