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Enviromental Program Manager-Beach & Marine

Port Everglades
Plantation, Florida, US
Closing date
Jan 28, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES The Broward CountyBoard of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for Environmental Program Manager-Beach & Marine. General Description The Natural Resources Division is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Environmental Program Manager. This is a professional environmental scientific/technical position responsible for managing the Beach and Marine Resources Section. The Beach and Marine Resources Section oversees the County's beach management program, coral reefs, artificial reefs, marine biological monitoring, implementation of living shorelines, protected marine species programs including manatee and sea turtle conservation programs, and other programs and projects related to the marine environment. This is an advanced professional and supervisory position responsible for providing all technical expertise and policy guidance in the conservation, mitigation of environmental impacts, management, and enhancement of the County's coastal resources, with emphasis on coral reefs and nearshore hardbottom resources, as part of the Beach and Marine Resources Section. The position serves as the primary technical expert for the valuation of reef resources and the quantification of impacts and development of mitigation strategies to compensate for unavoidable impacts as part of authorized projects; as a partner agency in enforcement activities relating to reef impacts; and in policy recommendations pertaining to regionally coordinated conservation/management strategies and regulatory initiatives needed to protect and improve the abundance, diversity, and quality of our coastal resources. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements This position requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering or field relevant to area of assignment. Requires six (6) years in managing environmental monitoring, regulationand compliance programs related to area of assignment; including two (2) years of supervisory experience. Special Certifications and Licenses Required None. Preferences Preference will be given to candidates with the following: * Master's Degree or Ph.D. from an accredited college with major coursework in biology/marine biology, oceanography, environmental science, coastal zone management, or closely related field; * Minimum Open Water SCUBA certification; more advanced certifications are preferred; * Scientific diving experience - Currently a member of, or has the ability to satisfy requirements of, the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS); * Demonstrated proficiency in boat handling and comfort and familiarity working in the offshore marine environment; * Ecological knowledge and understanding of the coral reef and surrounding benthic environments off southeast Florida, and ability to identify fish and benthic organisms; * Knowledge of local regulatory requirements for coastal construction projects, particularly beach nourishment; coastal permitting experience a bonus; * Experience writing scientific reports and analyzing data; * Project and contract management experience; and * Strong speaking and communication (verbal and written) skills. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary. * Lead the County's coastal initiatives focused on the protection, conservation, and enhancement of the hardbottom (coral reef) resources of the county as it relates to policy recommendations, environmental assessments, and development of mitigation strategies required for the advancement of coastal construction projects, including beach nourishment activities, and in support of Port channel deepening and widening projects. * Provide regional level technical support, in coordination with other counties, the state of Florida, and Federal authorities. * Develop regional policy recommendations and lead the county in the planning and negotiation of regulatory conditions. * Responsible for the management and implementation of interdisciplinary research teams and programs related to coral reef mapping and monitoring (using LIDAR, multibeam and side scan sonars, low altitude aerial photography, and in situ diver mapping techniques), coastal water quality, marine resources damage assessment and restoration, coastal engineering projects (erosion studies, wave and current studies, environmental assessments, and mitigation projects), and coastal conservation. * Organize and promote research/projects in the following areas including, but not limited to: tidal monitoring and coral reef impacts related to climate change and sea level rise, mapping and characterizing submerged groundwater discharge on southeast Florida reefs, fate and transport of non-point pollutants including nutrients, environmental microbiology, chemical contaminants in coastal systems, coral recruitment patterns on local reefs, examining recovery trajectories of damaged and mitigative artificial reefs, patch dynamics of artificial reefs, coastal water quality monitoring, coral disease, and socioeconomics of coastal resources. * Obtain funding to conduct scientific research and administer grants from State and Federal agencies. * Manages daily marine operations; supervises subordinate staff including job assignments, personnel issues, training, and customer services, as needed; prepares Leadership Performance Reviews for subordinates and reviews/signs-off on their subordinates' evaluations. * Assist in budget preparation, long-term program planning. * Consult to agency regulatory staff on technical issues related to the coastal ocean. Performs related work as assigned. WORK ENVIRONMENT Physical Demands Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement. Performs primarily sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations. Some field work required, working in the offshore environment in variable conditions including rough seas, sun and heat, and the potential to interact with dangerous marine life. Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment) Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken. None. SPECIAL INFORMATION Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with the Professional Standards/Human Rights Section. Emergency Management Responsibilities During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned. County-wide Employee Responsibilities All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies. All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.


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