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Date: Nov 15, 2021

Location: NAPLES, FL, US, 34113

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Requisition No: 382502 

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37001951 

Salary:  $45,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 11/30/2021 

This full-time Selected Exempt Service position is located at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida.


Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent in this position serves as an Environmental Specialist III (Research Coordinator) responsible for the research and monitoring program at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.


Develops and implements the research and monitoring programs within the Reserve in accordance with state and federal policies and guidelines for the Department of Environmental Protection and compliance with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   Develops and maintains partnerships with agencies, universities, NGO’s, graduate and undergraduate students, and research organizations to identify knowledge and management gaps for research and encourage additional research within the Reserve.  Assists in evaluating resource management problems and recommends science-based and environmentally responsible solutions. Assists in the preparation and execution of the Reserve Management Plan. 


Supervises, trains and directs work of staff assigned to the research program. Serves as a member of the Management Team and works collaboratively with other Reserve programs and personnel to find integrated solutions to a variety of environmental and organizational challenges.  Coordinates the activities and work products of visiting investigators before, during and after their stay at the Reserve.  Supervises graduate research students and interns as appropriate.


Manages data, conducts data analysis and facilitates information transfer.  Establishes and maintains a departmental priority for the proper collection and timely analysis of research data, synthesis of historical data, and creation of research data products for use by the science community, educators and coastal decision makers.


Coordinates and initiates efforts to locate and obtain external sources of funding for research and other related projects.  Activities include grant writing and management for various state and federal funding opportunities as well as fostering partnerships with other agencies and organizations. 


Develops guidelines regarding scientific research within the Reserve.  Prioritizes various responsibilities by striking a balance between coordinating external requests for data, assistance, equipment, guidance and cooperation with the internal workload tasked to the research staff.  Prioritizes research needs with a focus on critical issues with guidance from the Reserve Manager and input from the Management Team.


Develops and delivers research presentations with an emphasis on effective transmission of scientific information to target audiences including environmental professionals, resource managers, coastal decision makers, and the public.  Coordinates the development and dissemination of research reports and circulars.  Prepares reports and peer reviewed manuscripts with an emphasis on Reserve based research projects.


Performs various other duties as assigned or required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of terminology, principles and analytical techniques of the physical and natural sciences.  Knowledge of Florida wildlife, coastal ecology, and estuarine systems.  Ability to accurately collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret scientific or technical data;  understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to environmental programs;  efficiently and effectively manage time and resources including preparation and management of budgets;  plan, organize and coordinate work assignments and to work independently without supervision;  supervise and effectively manage employees;  develop appropriate strategic objectives for department programs;  develop successful working relationships with various local, state and federal partners to advance the mission of the Reserve;  ability and willingness to work effectively in a collaborative work environment with staff from other disciplines;  work outside in harsh and uncomfortable conditions; operate boats with outboard motors for use on coastal waters.   Required skills include data analysis, grant writing, technical writing, and public speaking.   Class E Driver’s License required.


All candidates must completely fill out the State of Florida application and resumes must be attached for consideration.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Naples