The South Florida Water Management District is recruiting for the position of Section Administrator for the Coastal Ecosystem Section within the Applied Sciences Bureau. The Coastal Ecosystems Section is composed of 18 biologists/ecologists and estuarine modelers.  The goal of their work is to quantify the responses of estuarine ecosystems to changes in the quality and quantity of freshwater inflow.  The Coastal Ecosystems Section provides the scientific information to support management of estuaries, bays and lagoons within the SFWMD boundaries, with emphasis on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee and Loxahatchee estuaries, Lake Worth Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Biscayne Bay.

The section provides technical support for management activities that include: water management daily operations, establishing water resource protection rules for bays and estuaries, implementation of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River Watershed Protection Programs (annual reporting and research), compliance and ecological monitoring for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program and Projects (including Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands, C-43 Water Quality, etc.) and project planning and alternative evaluations.

In addition, District staff provide technical assistance to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, the Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council, and the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative.

Development of annual plans and long term strategies with supporting budgets, reviews of staff performance, and coordination with local, state and federal partners.  Demonstrated ability to design and conduct applied science with an emphasis on integration of science into timely resource management recommendations and actions, and to interpret complex technical information for lay audiences.

Employment Guidelines

Typically has Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline (i.e. biology, ecology, oceanography, marine science or similar) with a graduate level degree strongly preferred and 10+ years of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression in discipline and leadership roles that can be directly applied to support the District’s strategic goals and objectives. Experience in both personnel and staff technical development and 6 years of increased supervisory accountability.


Valid State of Florida Driver’s License

Physical Requirements/ Working Environment

Due to the District’s response role in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during, and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.

Occasional field work may be required.

Salary Minimum $76,502.40

Salary Midpoint $90,958.40

Organization WR4304320 Coastal Ecosystems Section

West Palm Beach Headquarters (B2)

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Coastal Ecosystems Section Administrator for SFWMD