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June 24, 2016

Message from the Executive Director

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District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle, standing at center, addresses staff during a recent new employee orientation session.

One of the great privileges of working at the District is the quality of the staff members who work here. In the last year, I have had the opportunity to get to know the staff and can say I truly appreciate the skills and talents they each bring to this organization.

While we have an excellent staff, the workforce continually changes as some staffers retire and others leave to pursue other interests. The number of open positions at any given time is normal for the government sector, with an average of about 11 percent of open positions.

While we wish our former employees well in the next phase of their lives, it means the District has a few job openings from time to time. Building on the institutional knowledge of our current staff, I am excited by the abundant energy our newest employees bring to the table.

We recently began posting job vacancies to the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages as another avenue to reach the next generation of District staff. Job postings are also found in the Careers section of our website and advertised throughout the state. I hope our social media followers and others will seriously consider applying for one of our vacancies. There are great experiences ahead for current and future employees to grow personally and professionally as part of our team as we work to protect Florida’s water resources.

District and St. Johns County partnering on project to extend groundwater supplies and protect the St. Johns River

Construction is complete on a project to expand the use of reclaimed water by 1 million gallons per day in St. Johns County, which helps to reduce nutrient loading to the St. Johns River. The cost-share project between the district and St. Johns County also protects and further extends north Florida’s drinking water supply.

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Controlled burn this week at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

The district conducted a 181-acre prescribed burn June 21 at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area, just west of Forest Road 8 and south of the camping area, in Marion County to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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This week in district social media

If you aren't following the district on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, here are some of the things you may have missed this week....

  • Special thanks to district staffers Missy McDermont, Barbara Johnston and Linda Black, who donated blood this week.
  • Staff found bear markings on a tree at the district’s Sunnyhill property during a prescribed fire.
  • District staff taught K-5 students about the aquifer at Orange County’s Meadow Woods Park and Recreation Center.
  • The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association recognized the district’s Florida Water StarSM Program with its Friend of Industry award.
  • For #TrailTuesday, we featured the red blaze trail at the Thomas Creek Conservation Area.
  • For #WildlifeWednesday, we featured an American five-lined skink found at the Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area.
  • Instagram posts this week included a helmet skullcap at the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area, a scientist conducting water-quality sampling on the Little Wekiva River, a black-bellied whistling duck at the Lake Apopka North Shore and the Julington-Durbin Preserve.

Water conservation tip

If you change out an old toilet (3.5 gallons per flush) and install a WaterSense 1.28 gpf model, a family can save 11,587 gallons a year. That’s enough to fill 115 bathtubs or a medium sized swimming pool.

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