Engineering Section Leader - 2939BR South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee, FL
Leads and supervises a section of Professional Engineers, Engineer Interns, Engineering Specialists and technical support staff in the review of Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) and Southern Everglades Works of the District (WOD) applications and the post-permit compliance of those permits in accordance with new or established criteria, accepted hydrologic and surface water hydrology principles, and routine or complex surface water activities. Also provides technical advice to other District units and external organizations, as a representative of the District.
Requires knowledge of the District's regulatory program as well as knowledge of District operations. Work is performed in a teamwork based and deadline-oriented environment under a Section Administrator who will review work products for technical accuracy, overall quality, application of sound professional judgment and adequacy in meeting objectives. The position will be located either at the Okeechobee Service Center or West Palm Beach Headquarters.
The position requires knowledge of and experience in the following:
• Permitting programs, criteria, and practices
• Construction methodologies
• Water quality best management practices (BMPs)
• Reading and interpreting:
o Construction plans and specifications
o Engineering and environmental reports
o Water quality BMP plans
• Credible written and oral communications with engineering professionals, attorneys, construction professionals, developers, agriculturists and interested parties.
The selected applicant must be able to:
• Provide coaching and mentoring initiatives to enhance the staff's technical development and career plans.
• Ensure staff performance objectives and evaluation is clearly established with meaningful criteria, setting standards for performance that are aligned to support the section's work plan, and identifies areas of needed improvement with corresponding developmental activities.
• Ensure staff keeps abreast of industry trends and developments and has access to the appropriate training sessions to develop/enhance technical competence.
• Ensure staff meets all licensure and professional certification requirements for their job and keeps status current as applicable.
• Keeps abreast of discipline specific technology/software changes and makes recommendations to department managers for purchases
• Problem solve based on comprehensive knowledge of technical and stakeholder issues
• Exercise independent judgment to the degree appropriate for the situation
• Schedule and manage staff time to meet strict deadlines
• Complete projects and perform tasks independently with minimal direction and guidance based on instructions given regarding generally expected results and objectives.
• Be responsible for maintaining close communication with their Section Administrator on various issues and matters, including the status of deliverables and assignments.
• Assist in preparing realistic budget projections and monitoring activities within the Engineering permitting section to ensure operating decisions are made in conformance with budget limitations - controlling costs through economical utilization of personnel, equipment and resources.
• Promptly reply to pre-application and/or resolution meeting requests with the general public and/or members or the regulated community ensuring active participation and appropriate representation is offered.
• Bachelor of Science Dgree from an ABET/EAC accredited program in Agricultural, Biological, Civil, Environmental, or related engineering field and at least 10 years of qualifying experience that demonstrates measurable career progression in water resource engineering including at least six years of supervisory experience.
• Candidates must have a State of Florida Professional Engineer (PE) license and must keep their licensure status current. Alternatively, candidates with PEs from other states must receive their State of Florida PE through endorsement/reciprocity within six months of employment.
• All candidates must have a valid State of Florida Driver’s License.
Physical Requirements/ Working Environment:
• Able to lift at least 40 pounds.
• Field work often includes on and off-road vehicular travel and occasional helicopter surveillance.
• 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.
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.