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  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Biscayne Bay Environmental Center
  • 05/13/22
  • Miami, FL
  • 33138
  • 45,000 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Agency: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Working Title: Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Manager
Position Number: 37002004

Your Specific Responsibilities:
In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the Departments Standards of Conduct, as well as any and all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.

The incumbent of this position is the coordinator of a major regional agency professional office and provides professional level assistance to the Regional Program Administrator with the daily administration, management and operation of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves (BBAP) including almost 70,000 submerged and island acres. This position includes office and field oversight duties, coordinating and performing field management activities and all other program activities related to resource protection and management of BBAP, the ORCP regional office and facility. This includes the coordination and management of volunteer, OPS and FTE personnel. Travel and flexible hours are required. The incumbent of this position will utilize program vehicles in performance of duties, whenever possible.
Resource Management: Plans, coordinates and implements research and resource management activities and research related to the enhancement of the environment and preservation of natural and cultural resources. Organizes and provides most of the logistical support for carrying out routine and special work assignments. Advises regulatory agencies through commenting on permits within BBAP. Reports out on programmatic goals and achievements related to the BBAP Management Plan by creating and implementing annual work plans. Coordinate with ORCPs Resilient Florida Program, as necessary, for project review and using date they produce within BBAP.
Research: Recommends research projects for the aquatic preserves. Assists researchers. Operates as permit holder for internal research projects. Develops reports on current research projects. Collects and analyzes biological and other resource data in BBAP. Guides other staff in using the proper methodology for collecting and organizing data. Implements threat reduction actions based on results of research and monitoring data.
Stakeholder Engagement & Partnerships: Advises BBAPs citizen support organization board, the Friends of Biscayne Bay, Inc. Represents the agency on multiple stakeholder groups where BBAP has a voting seat. Increases and strengthens existing local partnerships and builds new partnerships. Assists with the developing the next 10-year BBAP management plan including document drafting and hosting associated public meetings.
Interpretation and Education: Plans, organizes and presents natural and cultural history interpretive talks and other environmental educational programs. Oversees development of a Communications Plan for BBAP, to include developing brochures, themes, signage, exhibit copy and other forms of interpretive communications. Performs speaking engagements promoting preservation of the aquatic preserves and addressing public awareness of the program objectives. Plans, organizes and implements volunteer assistance to implement agency programs and functions. Represents the Department at public meetings and hearings.
Supervision: Supervises one FTE Environmental Specialist II (Spatial Ecology Coordinator) and four OPS Environmental Specialist II (Environmental Programs Coordinator, Water Quality Technician, Water Quality Specialist, and Restoration Technician). Responsible for hiring, mentoring, performance evaluation, and disciplinary action, as necessary.
Administrative: Maintains a field office and is responsible for budgeting, purchasing, equipment and facility maintenance, monthly reports, correspondence, and maintaining a resource database, records, and files. Operates as Principle Investigator for grant funded projects, and Contract Manager as needed.
Field work: Drives the vessel, snorkels, or SCUBA dives as required for field work related to resource management, interpretation and education and research activities which will command up to 30% of duties and responsibilities, as described above.
Provides assistance as essential personnel in the event of an emergency at the DEP field offices, including pre-storm preparation, post-storm clean-up and replacement of stored goods to ready field office for operation after a storm; or other services assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Regional Program Administrator

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
Knowledge of management and leadership principles and techniques.
Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences with special emphasis on Southeast Florida and Biscayne Bay.
Knowledge of and experience applying for, receiving, and managing grants and contracts.
Knowledge of and experience with monitoring South Florida ecosystems and species (seagrasses, mangroves, birds, corals, fish, cultural sites, etc.).
Prior experience in program management and managing and leading teams.
Ability to oversee an environmental program; oversee staff; determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to environmental programs; solve problems and make decisions; assess budgetary needs; formulate policies and procedures; digest large amounts of technical information and prepare synthesized reports; work in a team setting as well as work independently.
Incumbent should possess exceptional verbal communication skills that foster dialogue and help facilitate relationships with a variety of stakeholders and organizations as well as excellent writing skills and technical report writing experience.
Must be able to work with a diverse group of individuals and understand the complex framework that culture, language, and tradition play for the public and their perception and use of Biscayne Bay.
Must have an exceptional work ethic and be willing to work on a variety of issues and projects simultaneously and in an environment where immediate action may be required.
Ability to travel.
Ability to maintain a valid Florida Driver License.
Ability to lift a minimum of 35 lbs.

KSAs preferred:
Knowledge of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, coastal resiliency issues, coastal zone development laws, Biscayne Bay partners and agencies, Biscayne Bays watershed, and an understanding of Biscayne Bays complex ecological cycles and human uses.
Knowledge of, and experience with, regulatory permitting
Experience leading the planning and facilitation of public meetings and representing the agency at formal stakeholder meetings
Experience presenting technical scientific research outputs and data in presentations to the public or agency leadership
Preference will be given to those candidates with advanced certifications, scientific diving experience and 50 dives or more.

Minimum Qualifications:
A masters degree with a major in one of the marine environmental or biological sciences with two years of professional experience in a field or environmental program is required.
Must have prior approval and meet the diving and/or snorkeling validation requirements in the DEP Underwater Operations Manual, including SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized agency.
Must possess and maintain a valid Class E drivers license with a clean driving record.

Other Requirements:
Regular local travel throughout Southeast Florida. Occasional long-distance travel (in-state).
This position is medically monitored and selected candidate must pass a health exam for SCUBA diving prior to employment.
This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.
Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
In order to be considered for the position, applicant responses to qualifying questions must be verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application in the description of Duties and Responsibilities areas for current or prior employment. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.

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