The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Florida Geological Survey (FGS), is seeking a full-time Environmental Specialist III (Hydrologic Modeler) in Tallahassee, Florida. The successful candidate will perform highly technical hydrological modeling and hydrogeological research, as well as provide similar periodic support to other state agencies upon request and as time permits. A primary duty will be the initiation, administration, and participation in cooperative applied research projects within DEP as well as federal agencies, university systems, water management districts, and regional and local agencies.
Hydrologic modeling expertise is required, including use of MODFLOW. The incumbent will conduct both field and office elements of projects, develop water budgets, prepare water quality monitoring plans, develop appropriate water quality, hydrologic, fate and transport and groundwater models, perform calculations, and prepare correspondence and reports related to the project work. Preferred experience includes development of unstructured grid models in karst terranes and experience in the development of geochemical and reactive transport models. Additional preferred qualifications include knowledge of Florida stratigraphy, especially as it pertains to the state’s aquifer systems and field experience as a hydrogeologist.
The successful candidate will apply appropriate modeling techniques to better understand the interaction between surface and groundwater within Florida’s karst environment, assess the vulnerability of Florida’s karstic aquifers, and apply techniques to characterize nutrient loading, and fate and transport of contaminants. The incumbent will respond to agency and state needs for this information as it relates to protecting human health, safety, and Florida’s groundwater resources.
The incumbent will be expected to serve as technical/scientific reviewer of research/grant/contract proposals, deliverables, and publications. Occasional travel will be required to attend meetings or conduct on-site visits related to research projects. It is expected that through scientific literature review and other means the employee will stay informed of recently developed science and technology that may benefit the quality and value of ongoing Florida geoscience projects and help address environmental concerns. Additional responsibilities include insuring that project proposals and data gathered meet the needs and standards of the FGS and DEP, and ensuring that studies follow proper scientific protocol and appropriate data collection and dissemination.
Participation on pertinent national, state, regional and local panels, task forces, conferences, committees, and professional organizations to provide geological and hydrogeological expertise will be encouraged. The successful candidate will also be expected to review, analyze, and assimilate the information and experiences gained by other states and countries for the purpose of applying it to improve Florida’s programs and capabilities in managing and conserving its water resources.
A bachelor’s degree in natural or physical sciences, engineering or related field is required.
A Florida professional geologist or Florida engineering license is not required during the application process; however, the candidate is expected to pursue a geologist-in-training or engineering-in-training certification within one year of date of employment.
In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the Department’s Standards of Conduct, as well as any and all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Candidates should submit the following through the state of Florida People First system.
1) State of Florida Application 2) Cover letter specifying interest in this position 3) Curriculum vitae or resume, including at least two references.
Incomplete application packages will not be reviewed.
CLOSING DATE: All applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017
Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service 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. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available here: http://www.dms.myflorida.com/content/download/97612/566545 All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.
About Florida Geological Survey / Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects, conserves and manages Florida's natural resources and enforces the State's environmental laws.
The Florida Geological Survey is the premier state government institution specializing in geoscience research and assessments to provide objective quality data and interpretations. Environmental, conservation, and public-welfare issues are ad...dressed through applied field and laboratory investigations supported by our geologic sample and research libraries as well as collaborative efforts within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and with other regulatory or policy-making entities. The FGS is dedicated to facilitating a culture of environmental stewardship. This is achieved by proactively sharing knowledge through accessible geoscience data, active participation on advisory committees, research and assessment publications, websites, public and technical presentations and educational activities.