Employment opportunities at the district

The St. Johns River Water Management District is an equal opportunity employer, with a variety of challenging positions in the professional, administrative, engineering, environmental sciences and hydrologic fields. The district also participates in cooperative education and internship programs.

Take a look at the different career opportunities available at the district and see a list of frequently asked questions.

Position title Location Closing date
Engineer III Palatka Oct. 4, 2017 Click to apply
Invasive Plant Technician Palatka Sept. 27, 2017 Click to apply
Environmental Scientist II Palatka Sept. 25, 2017 Click to apply

Internships: Start your career with experience

The St. Johns River Water Management District participates in E-Verify®. E-Verify®is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

For more information about jobs, or for inquiries, contact:

St. Johns River Water Management District
Office of Human Resources
4049 Reid St.
Palatka, FL 32177
Telephone: 386-329‑4282

Please do not send resumes or samples of work to the Office of Human Resources. If you are selected for an interview, additional information may be requested at that time.

How do I access the district’s current job postings?

On the district’s home page, select the “Careers” button (on the left side of the page) and scroll to “Employment opportunities.” This page will allow you to search openings by location.

Do I have to register to view available jobs?

No. Job seekers can view available jobs using the “Search” function on the job search page. You must highlight one or more city locations to begin the search. Using the “Advanced Search” function allows you to narrow your search on key words (e.g., engineer, budget, project management), job category, or date posted. You must register to apply for a job.

How do I search for available jobs in multiple locations?

Select and hold the control (Ctrl) key and select each location of interest.

Do I have to register every time I want to submit an application?

No, an applicant only needs to register once if using the same email address and password. You will need to log in to iRecruitment each time you want to apply for jobs, check the status of a submitted application, or make updates to your account profile.

How often do jobs come available?

Job seekers should review the website frequently as jobs are posted when approved.

How do I update My Account information?

Please login using your email address and password. Updates to address, phone numbers, employment history, education, and additional qualifications can be entered on the “Personal Information” and “Qualifications” screens by accessing the “Home” tab and selecting the “My Account” screen.

If I have questions about a job that are not answered in the job notice, who may I contact?

The district recruiter may be reached at 386-329‑4282, Monday through Friday during the district’s normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time.

May I fill out a paper application instead of the online application?

In order to be considered for employment with the district, job seekers must apply online for a specific open vacancy.

Can documents be “attached” to my application?

Specific documents can be attached to your application when applying for a job: on the “Review Account” page, under the “Documents” section, you may attach a resume, cover letter, veterans’ preference eligibility documents, and education verification documents.

You can also attach these documents through your account profile without applying for a job: access the “Home” Tab and select “My Account.” Job seekers have the option to add (attach) specific documents on the “Personal Information” screen under the heading “Documents.”

Can I attach a resume and cover letter in lieu of completing the online application?

No. The online application must be completed in its entirety to be considered for an available job. You may attach a resume and/or cover letter in addition to completing the application.

Can I submit an application for more than one vacancy?

Job seekers are required to submit an application for each job of interest. Completed account profiles are maintained in the system so applying for multiple jobs is a simple process.

Why is a valid email address recommended when creating an account?

A valid email address is needed to receive information regarding available jobs, status of jobs for which the job seeker has applied, general notifications about system upgrades and maintenance. Hiring managers may also communicate with applicants to set up interviews or extend job offers via email. If a job for which the job seeker has applied is subsequently filled, an electronic notification will be generated to the email address on file.

My spouse and I share an email account and he/she has already registered in iRecruitment. Can I use the same email account?

No. Each email account must be unique to the person.

How do I set up an email account?

When registering in iRecruitment, links are available for creating free email accounts from the following providers or you may link directly from here:

If I have already registered in iRecruitment with an invalid email account, what steps do I take to update my iRecruitment account with my valid email account?

You will need to register as a new user and complete your account profile. The information in your old account cannot be copied or transferred.

If I do not have a personal computer at home, how can I apply?

Internet access is usually available at public libraries or employment agencies (i.e., Work Source).

The district also has computer kiosks located in its offices in Palatka, Jacksonville, Palm Bay and Maitland. If office location directions are needed, maps are available on the District’s website.

I cannot remember my password. How can I retrieve it?

On the job search page, select the link associated with “Did you forget your password?” on the right side of the screen. Please note a valid email address is required to receive the password notification.

How do I change my password?

Please login using your email address and password. On the “My Account” page, select the “Login Information” tab, make the changes, and “Save.”

What do I put in for the end date of my current job?

If you do not have a specific future end date for your current job, please leave the field blank.

I am eligible for veterans’ preference. Since you require eligibility documentation prior to the closing date of the vacancy, how do I get that information to the district?

Complete the Veterans’ Preference form, scan and attach in the on-line employment application and attach a scanned copy of the required military documentation in the on-line employment application; or fax the required Veterans’ Preference form and required military documentation to 386-329‑4801; or mail the Veterans’ Preference form and required military documentation to the Office of Human Resources, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177.

My educational degree was received from an educational institution outside the United States. Do you need additional verification?

You may be required to furnish a foreign degree equivalency evaluation at your expense.

What if I experience technical problems and cannot submit my application?

If you have any technical problems, please email the specific issues you are experiencing (note any error messages received) to You will be contacted by phone or email by the end of the next business day.

How do I know that my application was actually received by the district?

After submitting your application, an instant confirmation will appear at the top of the screen: “Thank you for your submitting your application. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly by the hiring manager. Thank you again for your interest in employment with us.”

How do I review the status of my application?

To review the status of an application, applicants must login to iRecruitment using the specific email address and password used when submitting the application. Select “Jobs Applied For.” The status column will display the application status detail.

What does “application under review” mean?

The application is being reviewed by the district recruiter and/or hiring manager to evaluate your education and work experience as they relate to the qualification requirements for the job. Due to the large volume of applications received, not all applicants meeting the requirements will be contacted for an interview.

I no longer want to be considered for the job I applied for or I applied in error; can I delete my application?

No. To withdraw an application, the applicant should contact the district recruiter at 386-329‑4282. Please note: when withdrawing an application, no further applications for that specific job can be submitted by the job seeker unless there is new recruitment activity for that job.

What is E-Verify?

An Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

When attempting to access the district’s recruitment website, I receive a web page error. What might this error mean?

You may be using a non-supported web browser and/or using an older version of a Windows server instead of a Windows client operating system. Please try another web browser, e.g. Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 or Vista OS. If the same error persists, please contact and attach a screen shot of the error message and include the web browser and operating system being used.


This summary is offered as a highlight of the benefits available to eligible employees of the St. Johns River Water Management District. It is not intended to be a complete description of any plan. The district reserves the right to amend, modify or eliminate any benefit program with or without prior notice. Nothing in this benefits summary is intended to create any express or implied contract of employment or guarantee of any benefits.

The district provides generous benefits, carefully designed to offer comprehensive support.

Health / dental insurance
Eligible first of the month following 30 days of employment

  • Individual and family coverage available
  • Shared cost with the district

Life insurance
Eligible first of the month following 30 days of employment

  • Policy benefit equal to annual salary
  • No cost to employee

Pretax / flexible benefits
Eligible first of the month following 30 days of employment

  • Health insurance premiums
  • Health care flexible spending account
  • Limited purpose flexible spending account
  • Dependent care flexible spending account
  • Additional insurance options
  • Health savings account for use with high-deductible health plan

Long-term disability
Eligible first of the month following 30 days of employment

  • Payment of up to 66 2/3 percent of monthly salary until age 70 if disabled
  • No cost to employee

Florida Retirement System (FRS)

  • Vested per FRS vesting requirements
  • Option of a pension or investment plan
  • Shared cost with the district

Employee assistance program
Eligible immediately upon employment

  • Unlimited short-term counseling for employee and dependents
  • No cost to employee


  • Nine paid holidays per year
  • One personal day per year

Wellness program

  • Periodic health-related workshops and activities
  • Wellness incentives

Annual leave
Accrue immediately upon employment; hours based on service with FRS

  • Four hours per pay period for first 5 years
  • Five hours per pay period for 5 to 10 years
  • Six hours per pay period for over 10 years

Sick leave
Accrue immediately upon employment

  • Four hours per pay period

Sick leave pool
Eligible after one year of service with FRS and accrual of 64 hours sick leave

  • Employee donates 8 hours of sick leave to be eligible for up to 240 hours of sick leave for serious illness

Leave donation
Eligible after 6 months of continuous employment with the district

  • Used for serious illness of employee or life-threatening illness or injury of a family member

Administrative leave
Effective immediately upon employment; may be used for:

  • Court appearances
  • Death (immediate family) — 2 days per occurrence
  • Short-term military training — 240 hours per fiscal year
  • Tests for approved professional certification

Deferred compensation
Eligible immediately upon employment

  • 457 Plan — Employee contributions to a retirement savings program

Educational and professional development

  • Reimbursement of tuition, lab and registration fees at 100 percent and books at 50 percent, up to a maximum of $3,500 per fiscal year; lifetime maximum of $35,000

Professional organization affiliation

  • Reimbursement for annual dues for required professional organizations


  • Supplemental insurance — life, accident, critical illness, vision, short-term disability, hospital indemnity, and cancer
  • Prepaid college fund
  • Discount programs
  • Ongoing training opportunities
  • Van and carpooling

Degreed positions

A college degree and/or varied lengths of experience are preferred for these positions:

  • Environmental Scientists (biologists, botanists, etc.)
  • Engineers (environmental, civil, agricultural, chemical, water resources)
  • Chemists
  • Hydrologists
  • Water Resource Specialists
  • Land Acquisition Agents
  • Land Managers
  • Information Systems Analysts
  • Accountants
  • Attorneys

Non-degreed positions

Positions requiring a high school diploma or GED, supplemented by experience and/or college courses include these positions:

  • Office Support
  • Clerical Accounting
  • Water Sampling and Collection
  • Trades
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Data and Records Management
  • Surveying

The Student Experience Program at the St. Johns River Water Management District is designed to be mutually beneficial to both the district and the student. This program provides the student with a solid foundation and understanding of workplace ethics and is specifically tailored to the needs of each individual student’s area of concentration.

General information

Students who are interested in pursuing a professional career should contact their school’s career center. Applications should be completed online

The district is not obligated to place intern students in permanent positions after completion of degree nor is the student obligated to accept a position with the district if a position is offered.

The Student Experience Program encompasses the following disciplines:

  • Engineering (agricultural, chemical, civil and environmental)
  • Hydrologic and geologic sciences
  • Biological sciences
  • Administration
  • Computer science
  • Geographic information systems

The Student Experience Program includes both paid and unpaid internships.


Transportation to and from work is the responsibility of the student. Car pooling with current employees or interns may be possible. Van pools from Jacksonville and Gainesville to the headquarters office in Palatka may also be available based on seating availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity • Veterans Preference • Drug-Free and Tobacco-Free Workplace
Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should call 386-329-4446.