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Date:  Jan 20, 2023


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Requisition No: 721485 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 64030867 1 1 1 1

Position Number: 64041614 

Salary:  $38,429.56 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 02/02/2023 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


 Your Specific Responsibilities:


Under the general supervision of an Environmental Manager, conducts sampling, evaluations and investigations in a variety of specialized Environmental health programs managed by Environmental Health Services.  Compliance with Florida Administrative Codes (FAC), Florida Statutes (FS), and/or DOH Environmental Health Manual 150-4, is essential to completion of assignments. 

Reviews completed Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS) plans, applications, site conditions and evaluations to determine compliance with department regulations.  Performs soil and site evaluations, compliance inspections in the OSTDS program as required.  Assists in fee collections and ensures proper construction permits are issued as appropriate. Performs routine compliance inspections of assigned facilities with OSTDS operating and OSTDS service permits to assure compliance with department regulations in the OSTDS program. Performs food hygiene inspections of DOH regulated food facilities.

Conducts field inspections of Public Swimming Pools and Spas, Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks, Migrant farm housing facilities, and limited use drinking water facilities for compliance with applicable rules and regulations.


  Reviews applications and plans for limited use water system, migrant farm housing facilities and, onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems to determine compliance with applicable department regulations for construction and annual operating permits.


Conducts field inspections of assigned limited use and migrant farm housing facilities according to inspection frequency required.

This position investigates nuisance complaints and documents observations and findings and initiates enforcement actions by drafting noncompliance letters and notices to abate.

 The incumbent provides information, appropriate documentation and recommendations to immediate supervisor and department legal staff for action.

The position is expected to prepare reports, draft letters and complete other written correspondence as required.

The incumbent is expected to complete routine paperwork as required by all department and division policy regarding submission of Daily Activity Reports (DARs), and Leave and Attendance Sheets, Authorizations to Incur Travel, and Travel Vouchers.

The incumbent will comply with all county policies and procedures as posted; such as cell phone usage and utilization of county vehicles.

The incumbent will be expected to participate in training sessions, seminars and meetings as available to maintain timely and current knowledge of all environmental health regulations related to public health that are under the jurisdiction of the department.


 Performs other duties as assigned by the Environmental Manager


 Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of Florida Administrative Codes and Florida Statutes related to the duties of the position.
  • Working knowledge of environmental health and related scientific theory and practices applicable to food protection, Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems, general health and sanitation practices, environmental contamination, communicable diseases, sanitation and health nuisance abatement.
  • Some knowledge of chemistry and bacteriology and its relation to water treatment and food sanitation. Knowledge of math is required.
  • Skill in the use of computer and Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, Access, and Environmental Health Database (EHD) or comparable programs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.
  • Skill in the use of equipment relating to OSTDS inspections (soil auger, laser level, sharpshooter shovel, soil probe, and other equipment as needed).
  • Skill and ability to use a Munsell Color Chart to determine soil characteristics.
  • Ability to perform field work, write reports, and prepare legal notices when necessary.
  • Ability to prepare and present information to educate clients, the general public, and community partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to utilize continuous quality improvement techniques and tools to increase efficiency and enhance programmatic outcomes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to prepare effective reports.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds and must be able to move freely around inspection sites, schools, bars, etc., and work outside in high heat and humid conditions.

    Valid Driver License
    Bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited college or university
    Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Certification and sanitation certification per FS 381.

    Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:
    To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
    To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.
    nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
    C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
    A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
    R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
    E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.
    Where You Will Work:
    Manatee County
    The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
    Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!
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    Please be advised:
    Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  
    This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 
    Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: 
    If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 
    The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   
    Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
    Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service 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.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Bradenton