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Lead Wetland Scientist

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The South Florida Water Management District’s Water Quality Treatment Technologies Section is seeking a Lead Scientist with Freshwater Wetland Ecology experience with a strong emphasis on plant ecology to support the District’s goal of managing Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) wetlands.

The incumbent will be responsible for assessing our current research programs to strengthen our plant science, conducting research related to STA performance to remove phosphorus from water flowing through the wetlands, and analyzing data for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Major responsibilities include evaluating currently available data, statistical analysis, report writing, and designing and executing research projects. The incumbent will be expected to work closely with other scientists to integrate their work into a broader ecological assessment of STA performance and management.

The work will require statistical analysis and synthesis of data, assistance with ecological model development, publication of findings in peer-reviewed journal articles, and presentation of scientific information at meetings and conferences. The position also provides technical support and review of wetland science, water quality, monitoring design and optimizations, and external assessments. The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate with technical staff from other sections of the District and other state and federal agencies on wetland science.

Field work from air boats is required. Familiarity with wetland sampling techniques and QA/QC procedures is a must. Ability to tow and operate small watercraft is a plus.

The incumbent will have a M.S. degree, Ph.D. preferred, in Natural or Physical Sciences, or related field and 8+ years’ experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within scientific discipline that can be applied to support the District's strategic goals and objectives. Experience in tropical/subtropical environments, especially south Florida preferred.

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.

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