RE001308 Senior Scientist
Located in the Applied Sciences Bureau (ASB), this Senior Scientist will be responsible for conducting Lake Okeechobee water quality assessments and working with a team of scientists performing complex ecosystem assessments. Major responsibilities include water quality, sediment quality, and hydrologic assessments, analysis of lake nutrient loads and budgets, evaluation of algal blooms and algal dynamics, and preparation of technical reports and annual reports on the status of Lake Okeechobee. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop his own field/lab research projects related to these environmental issues.
The work will require statistical analysis and synthesis of water quality data, use of nutrient and environmental models and software tools, procurement and management of contracts, publication of findings in peer-reviewed journal articles, and presentation of scientific information at meetings and conferences. This position also provides technical support and review of limnological science, water quality, monitoring design and optimization, and external assessments, and coordinates with technical staff from other sections of the District and other state and federal agencies on water quality assessments and management programs.
Evaluations may require field work in remote environments. Collection of samples and data may be made by boat, airboat, 4WD truck, off-road vehicle, or helicopter. Familiarity with water sample collection techniques and QA/QC procedures, and experience with water quality sampling devices and multi-parameter sonde units is desirable, as is the ability to tow and operate small watercraft.
Master’s Degree in Natural or Physical Science, or other related field is required and 6+ years’ experience in areas of subtropical shallow lake ecology, limnology, and/or water quality. Knowledge and experience with sediment water interactions, algal dynamics and harmful algal blooms, nutrient dynamics, aquatic plants, and transport processes in freshwater systems is desirable.
Professional certification for the scientific discipline [i.e., Certified Environmental Professional (CEP), Certified Lake Professional (CLP) etc.] may be required.
Valid State of Florida Driver License.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment:
Candidates must be able to work in remote locations, often under difficult environmental conditions in areas occupied by alligators, snakes, and stinging insects.
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.