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Date:  May 15, 2023


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Requisition No: 802569 

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37020894 

Salary:  $43,151.19 

Posting Closing Date: 06/06/2023 


State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection


Our Organization and Mission:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship - protecting our air, water, and land. The vision of DEP is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystem.


The Work You Will Do:

The Florida Geological Survey (FGS) is hiring for a full-time Environmental Specialist III position. This staff geologist position will work in the FGS’s STATEMAP program. STATEMAP is a component of the United States Geological Survey’s National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. STATEMAP geologic mapping priorities are established by state geological surveys. In this position, you will conduct geological investigations for the STATEMAP program. You will collect geologic data to aid in the construction of geologic maps and other geologic products that facilitate the completion of STATEMAP projects. Coordinate and manage STATEMAP projects including assistance in grant writing, mapping, supervision, and coordination of fieldwork for geologic data collection and publication of results. The work you perform will assist in the production of geologic maps, cross-sections, and other geologic products as required. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, discipline-specific knowledge, leadership skills, adaptive management knowledge and skills, and be highly effective in both the team and autonomous environment.


The Difference You Will Make:

As an Environmental Specialist III for the FGS, you will be instrumental in providing quality scientific and geologic data to projects, reports, and databases in support of the STATEMAP program. Your position provides geologic data vital to the economic, social, and scientific welfare of Florida and the United States. STATEMAP products provide critical knowledge to sustainability, conservation, responsible stewardship, and management of Florida’s geologic resources. The products you will help produce will help address and inform on land-use, water resources, aggregate and mineral resources, oil and gas, and natural hazards issues.


How You Will Grow:

DEP encourages its leaders to constantly innovate and seek efficiencies. We believe in supporting and encouraging you as you take on important and often complex projects while offering you the opportunity to gain valuable experience quickly.


Where You Will Work:

You will work in Tallahassee, Florida, with travel up to one week a month to south Florida to gather data for project mapping areas.


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 (For more information, please click;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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$43,151.19 / year


Your Specific Responsibilities:

Conducts geological investigations for the STATEMAP program. Your duties may include the following: verifying borehole data, borehole core and cuttings lithologic borehole descriptions, making formation picks using best geologic practices, working with project staff to assure quality and timely completion of contracted deliverables, assisting with the writing of annual grant proposals, tracking budgets, planning fieldwork and drilling schedules, assisting in drilling and fieldwork as needed, obtaining drilling and site access permits for the project, coordinating with drilling staff to assure timely completion of contracted drilling deliverables, ensuring that STATEMAP geologic data are captured in the FGS GEODES database (for current and previous map areas), and supervising OPS (part-time staff) and interns as needed.  


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of terminology, principles, and techniques of geological research, analysis, and data management.

Knowledge of terminology, principles, and techniques of geographic information systems (GIS), map production, and data analyses.

Knowledge of procedures, equipment, and materials used in laboratory testing and analysis.

Skill in the methods of geologic data collection and management.

Skill in conducting geological studies and analyses of scientific data.

Skilled in organizing work details and prioritizing workload.

Ability to collect, record, and analyze scientific data relating to the science of geology.

Ability to maintain assigned equipment.

Ability to communicate effectively and courteously both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to work independently; organize, plan, and coordinate personal and project staff work assignments.

Ability to travel and conduct geologic fieldwork for a week at a time.

Ability to travel and work asymmetric work-week such as 8 days on / 6 days off as needed.

Ability to properly handle and box core samples.

Ability to lift core boxes and drilling materials weighing 50 pounds or more.

Ability to maintain a valid driver's license.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in geology from an accredited academic institution.

A valid driver’s license.


Preferred Qualifications:

Additional graduate-level education or work experience is preferred.


DEP is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce. We recognize the extensive training, experience, and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following email addresses:


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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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. 

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