Environmental Science Associates is offering a full-time Senior Technician position to support the WQM Field Operations and Sampling Logistics teams with monitoring programs throughout the SFWMD's geographic area by collecting manual and electronic surface water quality and/or ecological and biological samples. The position is based at the SFWMD Field Operations Center (FOC) in Okeechobee, Florida. The SFWMD monitors water quality to comply with permit requirements and legal mandates, and to provide information in support of management decisions and strategies for restoration.
Description: The Senior Technician is expected to:
- follow FDEP SOPs (DEP-SOP-001/01) and the WQM Quality System Requirements;
- operate, calibrate and maintain field instrumentation and equipment including automatic water sampling equipment, multi-parameter water quality instruments, boats, vehicles, and Global Positioning System (GPS);
- collect field data and samples;
- document field conditions and/or data utilizing the Horizon Data Field Management (HFDM) application on field computers;
- troubleshoot instrument problems;
- perform specialized sampling, such as ultra-trace mercury and pesticide sampling following SOPs;
- prepare samples for laboratory analysis; and
- organize field supplies and equipment, load/unload vehicles, set up/take down equipment and may perform site management.
The Senior Technician should possess advanced knowledge of biological and/or water quality collection methodologies and techniques, instrumentation, and relevant quality assurance/quality control procedures. Boating proficiency is desired.
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 (the WQ field team works four 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday). The position is scheduled to start in January 2020. The work responsibilities are primarily in the field, but some laboratory work is required. It is a 0.75-year contract position with annual renewal based on performance and SFWMD funding.