The Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program (PPBEP) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to restore and protect the water quality and natural resources of the Pensacola and Perdido Bays and watersheds using a community-based, scientifically-sound approach to enhance resilience. The Environmental Scientist will assist with the collection, analysis, management, and reporting of environmental data to support the completion of the program’s first Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) as well as subsequent environmental monitoring and restoration projects.
The position involves multiple aspects of data analysis, management, and visualization for the purpose of communicating science to program stakeholders and to identify and prioritize data gaps and restoration opportunities, by utilizing ESRI’s ArcGIS, including spatial analyses, map development, and database management, as well as data analysis tools. These tools will be used to communicate the status and trends of the watersheds in a manner understandable to both technical audiences and the general public.
The Environmental Scientist works under the supervision of the program’s Senior Scientist and collaborates with all program staff. This is a full-time position that will have regular work hours from Monday-Friday, with a potential for work outside of those hours, as needed. The position is based in Pensacola with frequent travel throughout the area watersheds.
Examples of Duties
Assists with project implementation by performing field activities such as monitoring, assessment, and restoration projects
Assists in the development of relevant grant proposals for monitoring, restoration, and research, including the identification of appropriate project collaborators
Assists in the development of the CCMP by reviewing and summarizing relevant literature
Assists in drafting content for the CCMP by performing technical characterization of the watersheds and synthesis of existing data on watershed health indicators, i.e. water quality, sediment quality, and biological indices
Generates GIS spatial analyses and map products for project reports, public communications, and website content
Assists in conducting data analyses and generating graphics for effective data visualization
Assists in database management by performing API access and creating open-source data platforms
Effectively communicates complex scientific data and results to multiple audiences including staff, technical groups, and decision makers
Drafts reports to communicate project deliverables to funding agencies and stakeholders
Participates in a variety of meetings by attending PPBEP workshops, committee meetings, and external events
Builds and maintains relationship networks with universities and partner/agency scientists to ensure information exchange, collaborative research, and restoration strategy implementation
Assists the Outreach Coordinator by participating in PPBEP outreach events when requested
Collaborates with PPBEP staff and committee members to identify action items to address priority issues in the watersheds
Performs other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Training and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in one of the natural sciences, such as Environmental Science, Biology, or a related field and one year of experience in one or more of these fields; or, a combination of education and experience equivalent to these requirements.
Strong technical writing skills demonstrated by experience in writing grant applications, scientific reports, and/or peer reviewed publications
Strong knowledge of environmental management principles, including the necessary skills and experience to participate in watershed planning and environmental field work
Master’s degree from an accredited university or college in one of the natural sciences, such as Environmental Science, Biology, or a related field, and two years of experience in one or more of these fields
Experience in ESRI’s ArcGIS, including spatial analyses, map development, and database management, as well as data analysis tools including R, RStudio, Python, Tableau, SPSS, and/or SigmaStat
Experience in operating field equipment, including YSI data sondes, Van Dorn water sampler, sediment sampling, fish collection gear, GPS, and execution of standard operating procedures
Experience designing, funding, and implementing environmental science projects, including, but not limited to, environmental planning, assessment, and/or restoration
Experience with local, state, and federal government grant programs and/or with the Pensacola and Perdido watersheds
First Aid and CPR certification
Valid FL/AL Boater’s License (MOCC Certification)
Licenses and Certifications:
Must possess valid driver’s license from state of residence