» Jobs » Scientist with South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach or Clewiston, Florida

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

Type of position This position is located at District headquarters in West Palm Beach, with an option to work from satellite office in Clewiston.

The primary responsibility of this position is to coordinate and implement all aerial application operations District wide. This position will work with field station, STA and land stewardship staff to deliver and support all aerial application service requests. Other responsibilities include assess, oversee and monitor vegetation management activities in mostly central/southwest areas, but may be District-wide.  The incumbent will work with a team of scientists responsible for coordinating herbicide treatments, oversight of aerial and ground services contractors, the incumbent will also be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of these vegetation management efforts. 
 
This position will provide technical assistance to the District’s Clewiston and Big Cypress Basin field stations and oversee support contracts for canal/levee management, aquatic and upland invasive species control.  This includes pre-treatment inspection, developing work plans, statement of work and contractual work orders, contractor monitoring and oversight and post-treatment inspections.  In addition, this position will support land management functions and will provide services under the direction of the Land Stewardship Section for District lands located in the West Coast Management Region.
 
The incumbent will work with the staff and management at the field stations and land stewardship section in development and execution of their annual vegetation management plans.  Reports to the Vegetation Management Section’s Canal/Levee & Aquatic Vegetation Management Unit Lead Scientist and will work closely with other Section staff in coordinating vegetation management activities in a timely and efficient manner.  Prepares required work orders and reports for planning, implementing and documenting vegetation management activities. 
 
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.

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 or Clewiston, Florida
Salary Min: $46,987.20 to Mid: $55,848.00
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

This position is located at District headquarters in West Palm Beach, with an option to work from satellite office in Clewiston.

The primary responsibility of this position is to coordinate and implement all aerial application operations District wide. This position will work with field station, STA and land stewardship staff to deliver and support all aerial application service requests. Other responsibilities include assess, oversee and monitor vegetation management activities in mostly central/southwest areas, but may be District-wide.  The incumbent will work with a team of scientists responsible for coordinating herbicide treatments, oversight of aerial and ground services contractors, the incumbent will also be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of these vegetation management efforts. 
 
This position will provide technical assistance to the District’s Clewiston and Big Cypress Basin field stations and oversee support contracts for canal/levee management, aquatic and upland invasive species control.  This includes pre-treatment inspection, developing work plans, statement of work and contractual work orders, contractor monitoring and oversight and post-treatment inspections.  In addition, this position will support land management functions and will provide services under the direction of the Land Stewardship Section for District lands located in the West Coast Management Region.
 
The incumbent will work with the staff and management at the field stations and land stewardship section in development and execution of their annual vegetation management plans.  Reports to the Vegetation Management Section’s Canal/Levee & Aquatic Vegetation Management Unit Lead Scientist and will work closely with other Section staff in coordinating vegetation management activities in a timely and efficient manner.  Prepares required work orders and reports for planning, implementing and documenting vegetation management activities. 
 
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.

Physical Requirements/ Working Environment
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.
 
Composition 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.

 

Qualifications sought

Employment Guidelines
Typically has a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences and 2+ years’ experience that demonstrates measurable career progression in the area of applied ecology and management of vegetation in aquatics and terrestrial areas.

License
Valid State of Florida Driver’s License 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.

District Fork Lift Certification will be required within 180 days. 

The incumbent continues to implement career development plan to obtain any professional licenses or certifications that may be required or preferred at the higher level positions.

Application procedure  
Submit what Resume and application.
Submit to Applicants must apply online at https://www.sfwmd.gov/careers
Job reference: 2628BR
This entry was posted in Jobs.

Comments are closed.