Water Quality Environmental Scientist In Support of the SFWMD's Water Quality Bureau
West Palm Beach, FL - , FL
Bachelor's Degree

Environmental Science Associates is offering a full-time scientist provide scientific support for the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD’s) Water Quality Monitoring Section (WQM).  The position is based at the SFWMD Field Operations Center in West Palm Beach and will provide water quality monitoring quality assurance system support. Tasks include Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) skills including data validation, quality system document development and review, data investigation and evaluation and processing data corrections.


Description:   The Environmental Scientist position’s responsibilities are primarily office-based, with occasional field trips to project sites that may include exposure to hot, humid, and wet conditions in areas occupied by animals such as alligators, snakes, and stinging/biting insects. The primary tasks include:

  • Field Data Validation - Validation of field test data using knowledge of field data calibration and verification procedures specified by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Quality System Document Development and Review - assist the SFWMD Quality Assurance (QA) Team, as assigned, to create and maintain various WQM quality system documents including, but not limited to SOPs, the WQM Quality Manual and the WQM Field Sampling Manual.  This task requires knowledge of MS Word.
  • Data Investigation and Evaluation – Assist WQM QA Team with quality assurance investigations and write assessments based on quality system requirements.    This task requires knowledge of MS Excel with knowledge of Florida Department of Environmental Protection SOP requirements preferred.
  • Processing Data Corrections – Assist WQM QA Team as assigned to coordinate corrections of WQM field records.


Qualifications:  Qualifications include typically having a Bachelor's Degree in Natural or Physical Science or related field and 2+ years of experience in scientific support work or an Associate's Degree in Natural or Physical Science or related field and 4+ years' experience in scientific support work with a working knowledge of state of the art computer hardware and software used in scientific applications, knowledge of field data collection methods and with an advanced knowledge of ecological, water quality/chemistry, and/or hydrologic principles.


Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and have strong oral and written communication skills, proven organizational, time, and self-management skills.


Term:  This is a full-time position situated within SFWMD’s water quality team, with a maximum of 40 hours per week.  This position is scheduled to start in January 2020.  It is a 0.75-year contract position with annual renewal based on performance and SFWMD funding.