Environmental Specialist

Miami Waterkeeper is seeking a full-time Environmental Specialist to join our team. This position will support Miami Waterkeeper's routine water quality monitoring program, pollution response, and other scientific research efforts. This job reports to the Water Quality Research Manager and the General Counsel.

Job Responsibilities

Water Quality Monitoring

  • Involves fieldwork across Miami Dade County and Broward County
  • Completes water quality training program
  • Oversees part-time field technicians as needed
  • Abides by sampling protocols (e.g. all samples must be analyzed within 6 hours of collection)
  • Collects and processes water quality samples
  • Collects environmental data in the field, records data on field sheet, takes site pictures, and coordinates data collection with Water Quality Research Manager
  • Notifies the Water Quality Research Manager of equipment/supply needs.
  • Manages Swim Guide application
  • Manages data

Pollution Reporting

  • Receives, vets, and responds to pollution reports from the community
  • Conducts field inspections of pollution reports - taking photos, samples, or other data as needed
  • Drives and trailers research vessel (13ft Boston Whaler)

Scientific Research

  • Drafts scientific reports and technical comments (as needed)
  • Compiles scientific data into charts, figures, graphs, or maps
  • Builds out citizen science programming (as needed)
  • Develops field research protocols for benthic and terrestrial surveys (as needed)
  • Supports Water Quality Research Manager in ad hoc research inquiries
  • Provides grant application/reporting metrics to support the science program

Desired Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience
  • Experience in environmental field monitoring
  • Experience in scientific research and/or report writing
  • Data management experience
  • Attention to detail and ability to keep accurate records
  • Ability to follow sampling protocols and safety requirements
  • Must have a vehicle in order to access water quality sampling sites
  • Florida Boater Safety License and/or Captain's license
  • Motorboat Operators Certification (MOCC)
  • SCUBA certification - science diver preferred (AAUS)
  • NPDES Pollution Inspector Certification
  • Spanish language skills a plus

Salary and Benefits

  • 45-47k per year
  • Paid sick leave, vacation, family leave, compensatory time
  • Retirement plan
  • Medical/Dental plan
  • Flexible work (optional) with an office in Miami

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and professional references to jobs@miamiwaterkeeper.org to apply. Applications will be accepted through November 9. We will reach out to candidates for interviews in mid November. 


Miami Waterkeeper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Staff Scientist
Environmental Specialist
HomeMiami Waterkeeper is a South Florida Environmental Group that advocates for Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable water for all. Working on sea rise, water pollution, coral reef protection, and water issue education.