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.

The district currently has no new job openings. Please continue to check back regularly for updates to this page.

New job application site goes online in October

We’re making a change to improve how you search and apply for job openings at the district. Stayed tuned to this page for a new system, coming in late October.

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.


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.