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Environmental Scientist I, II, III (One position)

Environmental Scientist I, II, III (One position)

This position assist with environmental sampling, evaluating and/or analyzing data, compiling data, and/or assisting with technical report writing in order to meet project goals and objectives.

Applications must be filled out online at www.mysuwanneeriver.com.

Help protect one of Florida’s most vital resources — water — with a career at the Suwannee River Water Management District (District).


Job Summary:

The Environmental Scientist position supports District environmental programs and/or activities and ensures environmental compliance under Florida statutes. This position assist with environmental sampling, evaluating and/or analyzing data, compiling data, and/or assisting with technical report writing in order to meet project goals and objectives.

ES I Job Duties Include:

  • Assist with data collection and analysis, quality assurance, and quality control reviews to document key indicators of the health of natural systems and facilitate the analysis and archiving of biological data.
  • Investigate the use of remote sensing for evaluating the areal extent of algal blooms, submerged aquatic vegetation and other key indicators of the health of natural systems.
  • Provide technical assistance with management, analysis and communication of data in support of special projects.
  • Provide field support for project as needed.
  • Help draft technical reports and publications.
  • Act as a District liaison with the public, local governments, and applicants; attend agency meetings, public meetings, and trainings, and give presentations.
  • Perform some of the following duties specific to the assigned District Office:

Office of Resource Management

  • Reviews Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) applications for compliance with applicable criteria and prepares technical staff reports of findings.
  • Communicating regulations effectively with the public.
  • Documenting and following up complaints.  Initiating solutions.
  • Performs site inspections of projects and reviews plans to determine compliance with permits.
  • Meets with applicants, engineers and environmental consultants, in person and by phone, to discuss regulatory requirements.
  • Participating in policy and rulemaking process.
  • Providing input to the compliance and enforcement process.
  • Providing interagency coordination and representing the District as needed, including giving presentations as needed.
  • Reviews Water Use Permit (WUP) applications for compliance with applicable wetland criteria and prepares technical staff reports of findings.
  • Inspects in-house and contractual field projects to monitor progress.
  • Manage complaints by responding to phone calls, reviewing site history, conducting site visits, and corresponding with landowners and consultants.
  • Review and monitor wetland mitigation projects in support of the goal of ‘no net loss of wetland function’ in the District.

ES II Job Duties Include:

  • Assist the public through outreach, answering phone calls and conducting meetings to provide subject matter expertise or project/application requirements.
  • Review project and/or application materials including rule interpretation, GIS review, aerial interpretation, application correspondence, plan review, and database entry.
  • Coordinates work teams to conduct field reviews of project or application materials, including evaluation of water quality, soils, vegetation, and/or hydrologic indicators.
  • Perform data collection, data analysis, quality assurance, and quality control reviews to support the District’s water quality monitoring network.
  • Perform biological monitoring work including mapping and monitoring.
  • Prepare technical staff reports and provide scientific support for projects.
  • Conduct site visits, inspections and field work by land or river.
  • Act as a District liaison with the public, local governments, and applicants; attend agency meetings, public meetings, and trainings, and give presentations.
  • Perform some of the following duties specific to the assigned District Office:

Office of Resource Management

Determining the limits of jurisdictional wetlands by identifying the characteristic vegetation, soils, and hydrology. Evaluating wetland boundaries established by consultants.

  • Identifying wetlands and determining the limits of jurisdictional wetlands through the evaluation of hydrophytic vegetation, hydrologic indicators, and hydric soils and verifying the landward extent of wetlands established by consultants.
  • Performing desktop evaluations of site-specific characteristics including the National Wetlands Inventory, NRCS soil surveys, LiDAR data, etc.
  • Technical wetland review of environmental resource and Works of the District permit applications, plans, narratives, and descriptions for completeness and accuracy.
  • Determining the need for and, if necessary, requesting additional information to fully assess potential environmental impact of a project.
  • Preparing technical staff reports recommending approval or denial of projects.
  • Performing pre-application site inspections or in-house meetings; handling permit-related questions.
  • Investigating and documenting complaints; and making recommendations to the Chief Engineer on how to resolve them.
  • Managing compliance cases by coordinating with affected parties, consultants, attorneys, and other agencies to bring cases to resolution.
  • Manage complaints by responding to phone calls, reviewing site history, conducting site visits, and corresponding with landowners and consultants.
  • Recommend avoidance measures, and review mitigation projects for permit applicants in order to reduce detrimental impact of projects on the environment.
  • Review and monitor wetland mitigation projects in support of the goal of ‘no net loss of wetland function’ in the District.
  • Review permitted projects for compliance with permit conditions and District rules.

ES III Job Duties Include above listed ES II duties PLUS:

Office of Resource Management

  • Manage Florida Department of Transportation Mitigation projects per 373.4137, F.S.
  • Evaluate complex compliance cases.
  • Evaluate wetland delineations and identifications.
  • Evaluate Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM) determinations.
  • Recommend avoidance measures, and review mitigation projects for permit applicants in order to reduce detrimental impact of projects on the environment.
  • Determine the need for and, if necessary, request additional information in order to fully assess the environmental rules for ERP applications.
  • Review and monitor wetland mitigation projects in support of the goal of ‘no net loss of wetland function’ in the District.
  • Review permitted projects for compliance with permit conditions and District rules.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on ERP topics at public meetings and education or outreach opportunities.
  • Send inquiry/compliance letters, make recommendations on the issuance of stop work orders, make recommendations on whether rule violations exist, make recommendations on punitive and/or remedial actions to be taken.
  • Conduct Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM) determinations.
  • Conduct wetland delineation and identification.

Minimum Qualifications:

ES I:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural, biological, mathematical, physical, or engineering science.
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Microsoft Office Suite preferred.
  • Experience in water resource management and Florida Boating Safety preferred.
  • Based on the assigned office, the following certifications may be preferred:
  • FDEP Water Quality SOP Certification
  • USCG Boating Safety
  • Professional Wetland Scientist Certification
  • Certified Soil Scientist
  • Stormwater Erosion and Sedimentation Control certification
  • Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM)
  • Valid drivers’ license.

 

ES II: Meet ES I qualifications PLUS:

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ related experience with wetlands plants, soils, or hydrology.
  • Engineering Intern (E.I.) certification in civil, environmental, hydraulic, agricultural, or water resources may substitute for two (2) years’ experience.
  • Master’s Degree preferred; may substitute for one (1) year of required experience.

Requirement Specific to the Office of Resource Management: 

  • Certified Wetland Evaluator certification preferred and must be obtained within one (1) year.

ES III: Meet ES II qualifications PLUS:

  • Minimum of five (5) years’ related experience with wetlands plants, soils, or hydrology.
  • Master’s Degree preferred; may substitute for one (1) year of required experience.
  • Demonstration of two (2) years’ related customer service and/or conflict resolution skills.
  • Based on the assigned office, the following certifications may be preferred:
  • Certified Floodplain Manager
  • Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner
  • Professional Geologist
  • Professional Engineer

Requirement Specific to the Office of Resource Management: 

  • Certified Wetland Evaluator certification preferred and must be obtained within one (1) year.

Application Process:

The District will determine eligibility for employment solely from the information provided on a District employment application. All applicants are required to complete, in full, a District employment application. Any application that is not complete will not receive consideration for the position. A resume will not be considered as a substitute for the information requested on the application for purposes of qualification.

Additional Details:

This position is advertised until filled

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans Preference/Drug Free/Tobacco Free Workplace


Base Salary: ES I ($42,494.40 – $63,689.60); ES II ($45,219.20 - $67,828.80); ES III ($49,462.40 - $82,451.20) Starting salary commensurate with selected candidate's competencies and qualifications.

For helping to maintain our valuable water resources, we offer:

  • Florida retirement system/retirement benefits
  • Deferred compensation
  • Work-life balance
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Health savings & Health reimbursement accounts
  • Prescription drug coverage & mail order program
  • Employee assistance program
  • Public service loan forgiveness qualified employer
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • State adoption benefit program qualified employer
  • Training and development resources
  • Innovative projects
  • Advanced technologies

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Entry Level, Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : General

Resume : Apply online at www.MySuwanneeRiver.com

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