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Scientist 4 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 The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 8.7 million residents. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems. Our mission: To safeguard and restore South Florida’s water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region’s water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders. 
Location West Palm Beach, FL
Salary Min: $54,371.20 to Mid: $64,625.60
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

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 & Florida Wildlife Commission (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.

?Airboat experience preferred.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment
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

Employment Guidelines (May be filled as Scientist 4 or Scientist 3)
Scientist 4:  Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (Agronomy, Weed Science, Botany, Plant Ecology, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management), Master’s Degree preferred.  A minimum of four (4) years of vegetation management experience is required.  Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, monitoring, control, and management.  Proficiency working with complex databases is preferred.

Scientist 3:  Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (Agronomy, Weed Science, Botany, Plant Ecology, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management), Master’s Degree preferred.  A minimum of two (2) years of vegetation management experience is required.  Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, monitoring, control, and management.  Proficiency working with complex databases is preferred.
 
Licenses
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.  

District airboat certification will be required within 180 days.

Application procedure  
Submit what Resume and application
Submit to Applicants must apply online at https://www.sfwmd.gov/careers
Job reference: 2627BR
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