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Environmental Biogeochemist

Employer
Federico & Associates
Location
Gainesville, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Wetlands
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Job DescriptionJob Description
Environmental Biogeochemist

Role Overview:

As an Environmental Biogeochemist specializing in plant and soil biogeochemistry, you will play a critical role in safeguarding water resources through the operations of hybrid wetlands and chemical treatment facilities. Your expertise lies in understanding the intricate interactions between biological, geological, and chemical processes that impact water quality. You'll assist in optimizing treatment performance, assessing water bodies, and analyzing data.

Key Responsibilities:

Biogeochemical Investigations Research:

Investigate chemical and natural processes affecting water quality treatment, such as nutrient uptake by aquatic vegetation, sediment-water interactions, and microbial transformations, to maximize cost-effective nutrient removal from surface waters.

Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to advance scientific understanding of biogeochemical processes.

Sample Collection and Analysis:

Investigate biogeochemical cycles, including nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics, and trace element behavior, as they affect nutrient removal.

Collect water samples from various sources (rivers, lakes, groundwater) to assess their quality as needed.

Data Management and Reporting:

Prepare technical reports summarizing findings and recommendations. Maintain accurate records of sampling locations, methodologies, and results.

Communicate research outcomes to stakeholders, policymakers, and the public.

Environmental Compliance:

Ensure compliance with water quality standards, regulations, and guidelines.

Assist in developing and implementing strategies to mitigate pollution and enhance ecosystem health.

Provide expert advice during legal proceedings related to water quality violations.

Field Work and Monitoring:

Identify trends, anomalies, and emerging issues related to nutrient removal.

Conduct field surveys, monitoring, and assessments of treatment facilities.

Collaborate with field teams to address specific environmental challenges.

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or related field (advanced degrees preferred).

In-depth knowledge of wetland plant and soil biogeochemical processes, nutrient cycling, and water quality modeling.

Strong knowledge of coagulation chemistry.

Background in surface water and wastewater laboratory practices.

Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.

Effective communication and teamwork abilities.

Career Path:

As you gain experience, you can specialize, pursue advanced degrees, or transition into Water Quality Manager, Environmental Scientist, or Research Scientist roles.
Company DescriptionEngineering and science-based technical. Budget, design, construct, and operate surface water treatment systems.Company DescriptionEngineering and science-based technical. Budget, design, construct, and operate surface water treatment systems.

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