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Water Quality Field Technician – Southern Florida
Florida Atlantic University's Center for Environmental Studies
West Palm Beach, FL
Full time Positions
$35,000-$38,000 per year
Last Date to Apply
Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
Field Technician Position
In Support of the SFWMD’s Water Quality Bureau
Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies (FAU/CES) is offering a full-time position (40 hours per week) to provide field support for the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Water Quality Bureau. The position is based at the SFWMD Field Operations Center (FOC) in West Palm Beach. 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 Field Technician position is based at the SFWMD’s FOC, and will support water quality sampling and other tasks as assigned. The majority of work will be the collection of surface water samples, although collection of fish, soil or atmospheric deposition samples may be required. The water quality sampling is project-specific and occurs on a routine schedule. The position’s responsibilities include:
• collect manual and electronic surface water quality and/or ecological and biological samples;
• operate, clean, calibrate and maintain monitoring equipment, including multi-parameter water quality sondes, and automatic water samplers;
• prepare samples for laboratory analysis, including, but not limited to surface water samples and fish tissue for ultra-trace mercury analysis;
• collect soil/sediment samples using PONAR dredges, corers, and other devices; and
• clean and maintain sampling platforms.
Qualifications: Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and have strong oral and written communication skills, proven organizational, time, and self-management skills. A general understanding of water chemistry is required. Field experience related to field sampling techniques for surface water is preferred. The field tech must be able to lift 40 lbs., work in remote, hot, humid, and wet conditions in habitats occupied by alligators, snakes, and stinging/biting insects. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Science or related field, or enrolled at an accredited college or university with a major in Science, or related field, and a 2.5 minimum college grade-point average is required. Experience working with field and water quality equipment is preferred.
Term: This is a full-time, OPS position with FAU with a maximum of 40 hours per week (team works four 10-hour days). It is scheduled to start in May 2020. The work responsibilities are primarily in the field, but some laboratory work is required. The salary is based upon experience ranging from $35,000-$38,000 per year. The position includes Obamacare health coverage if needed, but does not include any additional FAU benefits. It is a contract position with annual renewal based on performance and SFWMD funding.
To Apply: If interested, please send your current resume listing 3 references and cover letter detailing interests, and field experience to Loisa Kerwin, Asst. Director, Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at email@example.com