Career opportunity at South Florida Water Management District
West Palm Beach Administrative Headquarters (B1)
This position will perform a wide range of duties in support of the District’s invasive species management program. Will assist with planning and contract oversight for the District’s invasive species control operations. Provide technical assistance to District staff regarding invasive species management in natural areas, including herbicide usage, control strategies, and database management. Participate on various interagency teams coordinating invasive species management. Assist with development invasive species management plans for District projects. Serve as a technical consultant to Land Stewardship staff and formulate recommendations for invasive plant management in natural areas.
This position reports to the Vegetation Management Section’s Principal Ecologist and will work closely with other Section staff in coordinating vegetation management activities in a timely and efficient manner.
Must have excellent 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. Experience with aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, monitoring, control, and management is preferred. Knowledge of South Florida ecosystems and flora—both native and non-native—is required.
Valid State of Florida Driver’s License.
Possession or ability to acquire within 180 days State of Florida pesticide applicators license.
Airboat experience preferred. District airboat certification will be required within 180 days.
Typically has a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (Agronomy, Weed Science, Botany, Plant Ecology, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management) and 2+ years’ experience in the area of applied ecology and management of invasive and/or nuisance vegetation in aquatic and terrestrial natural areas.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment:
The work environment is a combination 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.
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.
Salary Minimum: $46,987.20
Salary Midpoint: $55,848.00
Organization OM5205232 STA and Invasive Species Management
Land Resources Bureau
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road, MS#5230
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406