Scientist Senior – Esturine Ecologist

californiaThe Coastal Ecosystem Section at the South Florida Water Management District seeks a broadly trained estuarine ecologist with experience and interest in the influence of freshwater inflow on the structure and function of estuaries and coastal systems. Although the specific area of expertise is open, individuals whose research focuses on water column communities and who have demonstrable expertise in multivariate statistical analysis of ecological data are especially urged to apply. Knowledge of and experience working in tropical or subtropical estuarine systems, and ability to apply basic science to the solution of applied problems are desirable. This senior scientist will be required to clearly and concisely communicate scientific issues and results to technical audiences and the general public. Publication in scientific journals is encouraged.

Through a combination of monitoring, research, and modeling, the Coastal Ecosystems Section provides the scientific basis for management of freshwater flows to estuarine systems in South Florida. This includes real time management of flows as well as establishing inflow requirements for water protection rules. The Section also provides scientific support for the evaluation of water supply plans, minimum flows and levels, projects associated with the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Total Maximum Daily Loads and Numeric Nutrient Criteria.

Employment guidelines include: Master’s Degree in Estuarine Science or a related science field and at least six (6) years qualifying experience. The successful candidate should have knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods of coastal ecosystems and skills to effectively communicate with people both orally and in writing. Familiarity with multivariate statistics and/or Geographic Information Systems is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with Ph.D. in Estuarine Ecology or a related field. Valid Florida Driver’s License required.

Please apply on-line at www.sfwmd.gov in the career opportunity section. Job reference 1097BR.