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STA Vegetation Management Technician with South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach, FL

Type of position Full time
Employer South Florida Water Management District
Description of Employer Water is critical to life in South Florida – both for the 8.7 million people who call this region home and for our unique ecosystems including the Everglades. SFWMD is charged with managing and protecting the water resources of 16 counties stretching from Orlando to the Florida Keys. One of five water management districts in the state, SFWMD is the oldest and the largest.

We have a dedicated staff of nearly 1,500 people who work all across the District and we have strong partnerships with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. In addition, we work closely with the elected representatives from the region.

Over the last 70 years as South Florida’s population has grown, the District’s primary role of providing flood control has expanded from operating one of the largest water management systems in the world to now include restoring the Everglades and Kissimmee River, improving water quality, protecting coastal estuaries, and managing the regional water supply.

The District plays an essential role in the lives of every resident, visitor and business in South Florida. The District prides itself on hiring high achieving, dedicated and reliable professionals. If you are interested in a career – not just a job – that will help to protect the water resources of South Florida, we encourage you to get to know us better.

Location West Palm Beach, FL
Salary Min: $38,646.40 to Mid: $45,947.20
Benefits The SFWMD offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health benefits, paid vacation and sick time, and is part of the Florida Retirement System.
Closing date of competition Open until filled
Date position available Currently available
Description of duties

The primary responsibility of this position is to direct, oversee and monitor vegetation management measures in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) and other constructed wetlands managed by the District.  Management measures are employed to ensure establishment and maintenance of desired vegetation communities and control plant species that impact water quality treatment capabilities.
 
The incumbent will instruct and direct District contractors in aerial and ground application of herbicides, mechanical removal of undesirable vegetation, and measures to promote establishment of desired plant species, including supplemental plantings.  The incumbent will also be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of these vegetation management efforts.
 
The incumbent will report to the Vegetation Management Section’s Senior Scientist and will work closely with other Section staff in coordinating STA vegetation management activities in a timely and efficient manner.  The incumbent will conduct routine inspections of contractors engaged in vegetation management measures, complete inspection reports, and assist with preparation of vegetation management plans and statements of work. The incumbent will also provide logistical support to Section staff engaged in vegetation management field studies and occasionally perform herbicide applications for smaller projects.
 
Applicants must have an education background and practical work experience in vegetation management, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to plan and manage heavy workloads, enthusiasm and temperament for dealing with harsh wetland field conditions, and willingness and commitment to actively contribute to a collaborative team work effort.  Florida wetland plant identification and airboat operation skills are preferred.
 
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
The work environment is a combination of field work (80%) and office work (20%), 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 60 lbs.
 
Additional physical requirements include agility, balancing, basic water skills and ability to swim, driving vehicles, kneeling, moving/transporting equipment, walking through rough terrain, working in, on, or near water.
 
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.  This position is a member of the Emergency Debris Operations Team

Qualifications sought

Employment Guidelines
Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences and 2+ years of experience in vegetation management work.  Or, an Associate’s Degree in Natural or Physical Science or related field and 4+ years of experience in vegetation management work.
 
Licenses
Valid State of Florida Driver’s License.  Possession or ability to acquire within 180 days State of Florida pesticide applicators license with Aquatic and Natural Areas certification.  District airboat certification will be required within 180 days of hire.

Application procedure  
Submit what To apply visit https://www.sfwmd.gov/careers
Job Reference 2556BR
Submit to To apply visit https://www.sfwmd.gov/careers
Job Reference 2556BR
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