South Florida Water Management District

Principal Hydrogeologist

West Palm Beach, FL
Full Time
The position may be underfilled at the Lead Hydrogeologist level.

The Principal Hydrogeologist position provides advanced technical and policy analysis and oversight to groundwater resource projects/issues throughout SFWMD. The candidate will have data steward responsibility for hydrogeologic data within the District, and is expected to have diverse knowledge of the types of data collected within the agency, a basic understanding of the structure of our hydrogeologic database, and the ability to champion the needs and benefits of the database to IT and management. The selected candidate should also have an in-depth understanding of the hydrogeology of the Floridan aquifer system (FAS); expertise in construction, testing and sampling of FAS monitor wells, and the ability to communicate this understanding clearly to other hydrogeologists and laymen. The candidate is expected to provide in-house expertise on issues concerned with the development of that resource. Specific project areas include: The Central Florida Water Initiative, coordination with SWFWMD and SJRWMD on cross-border hydrostratigraphic issues, technical support to ground-water model development.

Candidates shall have: working knowledge of the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) operations regulations and constraints; and expert knowledge of south Florida groundwater systems (hydrostratigraphy, hydraulics, monitoring well/network design, construction and analysis, surface water interactions. The candidate should have demonstrated experience in writing statements of work and managing drilling contracts. Knowledge of State and District water policies, well construction and consumptive use rules is also expected. The selected candidate shall have demonstrated skills in analyzing and reporting geologic, groundwater hydraulic, water chemistry (ions, isotopes and tracers) data, and conveying those technical concepts to managers and stakeholders in clear/concise terms useable by a diverse audience. The Candidate will make decisions independently regarding project approach and methodology and will also be responsible for directing and mentoring junior staff. Public speaking skills and experience in identifying and resolving technical and policy conflicts would be beneficial.

This position requires office and field work. Office work is in West Palm Beach, Florida. Field work will require traveling to any part of the District. Offsite work may include: field supervision of drilling or testing projects, groundwater sampling and meeting with contractors, stakeholders and other agencies regarding assigned projects and includes public presentations of technical data and analysis.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office products is required. Strong technical writing and communications skills are essential.

Employment Guidelines

Principal Hydrogeologist: Master's Degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Engineering or related sciences with 11 or more years of related, advanced experience.

Lead Hydrogeologist: Master's Degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Engineering or related sciences with 8 or more years of related, advanced experience.


Professional certification as a Florida Professional Geologist is required. A State of Florida professional license can be substituted with a license from another state that has reciprocity with the state of Florida.

A Valid State of Florida Driver's License is required.

Physical Requirements/ Working Environment:

Due to the District's response role and 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.

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Veterans' Preference:

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for 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. All documentation is due by the close of the job posting.

published: 07 January 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.