This is a highly experienced Scientist position responsible for performing a wide range of non-routine, progressively more complex scientific-related work that involves investigation of a number of variables and alternatives and requires application of advanced and comprehensive knowledge of discipline-related concepts, methods and practices. The position independently plans, schedules, coordinates, manages and conducts moderately complex scientific processes or multi-phase scientific projects that support water resources management and environmental restoration initiatives.
The Scientist Senior position will reside in the Compliance Assessment and Reporting (CAR) Section within the Water Quality Bureau and will report to the Compliance Assessment Section Leader. Responsibilities include conducting highly technical water quality and hydrologic data assessment (including load calculations) and statistical analyses.
This position will fulfill a key role in environmental assessment and reporting, including mandated permit reports. The position will respond to urgent requests for water quality data assessment and statistical analysis related to water management operations, storm events, construction projects, and ongoing monitoring optimization activities. This position supports various restoration and compliance projects in the District's strategic plan, and is also tied directly to the Impaired Waters Rule (IWR)/Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) associated with the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program (NEEPP); as well as Everglades Forever Act (EFA), the Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), and Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) projects. This position requires understanding of water quality data, hydrologic data, statistical methods, DBHYDRO, standard computer tools, and the Clean Water Act (including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System [NPDES] program and TMDLs) as well as state water quality standards and their application.
The successful candidate must possess knowledge of computer hardware and software for word processing, data retrieval, data analysis, and presentation/publication of scientific information; ability to build and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with District professional, technical, and computer staff, work effectively in a team environment, and demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.
This position may be filled as a Scientist 4.
Scientist Senior: Typically has Master's Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences, and at least six (6) years' experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within a scientific discipline that can be applied to support the District's initiatives.
Scientist 4: Typically has Bachelor's Degree in Natural or Physical Sciences, and at least four (4) years' experience that can be applied to support the District's goals and initiatives.
Valid State of Florida Driver's License required.
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.
South Florida Water Management District