Environmental Analyst 3

South Florida Water Management District

West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach, FL, US
West Palm Beach, FL
30+ days ago
This is a mid to high level professional environmental compliance regulatory position, responsible for post permit compliance and enforcement of both permitted and non-permitted sites.  This position works closely with internal regulatory staff, interagency teams, and the regulated community to resolve issues related to Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs), Surface Water Management (SWM) Permits, Sovereign Submerged Lands authorizations (SSL), Wetland Jurisdictional Determinations, and Water Use Permits (WUPs).   

Candidate will be responsible for ensuring the environmental compliance of both ERPs and WUPs to determine if sites are in compliance with permit conditions.  Duties require the employee to summarize inspection related findings and produce written compliance reports, investigate and address public inquiries as assigned, review and process minor permit modifications, adjust planting plans, work schedules and other post-permit compliance actions, conduct site inspections to confirm compliance, track project compliance with permit conditions, and to review environmental monitoring reports submitted by permittees. 

Other duties include identifying and preparing supporting documentation for enforcement cases, as well as providing technical support to the water use team by reviewing WUP wetland monitoring reports, assisting in identifying and processing turbidity and wetland resource violations through the enforcement process, and working in close coordination with staff members in the Environmental Resource and Water Use Bureaus, including Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) staff in the Marathon Office. When necessary, the candidate will review and/or develop restoration plans and track restoration activities to determine compliance with Consent Orders.  Candidates shall have knowledge of wetland systems, soil science, ecosystems typical of South Florida and the Florida Keys, native and non-native flora and fauna, and basic knowledge of groundwater hydrology and groundwater/surface water interactions.  Knowledge of wetland mitigation practices and wetland functional assessments such as the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM) are preferred.  This position involves both internal and external project coordination as well as representing the agency on interagency work groups, task forces and in public outreach presentations. 

Work is performed in a teamwork-based and deadline-oriented environment.  Excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to successfully negotiate are required.  Applicants must be able to exercise independent judgment to the degree appropriate for the situation and must have experience in the use of personal computers and programs including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, SharePoint 2013, Google Earth, and ArcGIS.  Candidates will have the demonstrated ability to schedule and manage time to meet tight deadlines and experience in successfully communicating with other professionals, attorneys, developers, agriculturists, utility operators and other members of the public on technical, scientific or regulatory matters. 

When interacting/coordinating with the regulated community information on regulatory criteria should be relayed to the general public, consultants and property owners in a professional manner.  The ability to resolve complex environmental issues in a collaborative manner is necessary for the position.  The candidate prioritizes assignments and sets appropriate deadlines for work activities, has considerable knowledge of District rules, their intent, and underlying philosophy.  The candidate must have the necessary skill set and experience to analyze complex ERPs and WUPs, and skillfully prepare the necessary written and oral post permit compliance reports commensurate with the complexity of the associated project. 

The position includes both office and field work, which may include being in remote areas during harsh or inclement weather. Field work often includes on and off-road vehicular travel and occasional helicopter surveillance.  The candidate must be willing and able to conduct field work in a variety of rigorous field conditions in remote and heavily vegetated areas, and to lift 40 pounds. 

Due to the District's response role in emergency management, this position will be required to provide support before, during and/or after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on the incumbent’s assigned emergency response role.

Employment Guidelines
Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural or physical sciences, or other related field and 2+ years of experience.  Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. 

Valid State of Florida driver’s license is required. Accreditation as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) or Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) is preferred.

Veterans’ Preference
Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  All documentation is due by the close of the job posting.

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South Florida Water Management District