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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 64085313 1 1

Date: Nov 20, 2021

Location: BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 475923 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 64085313 1 1

Position Number: 64085313 

Salary:  $38,747.80 - $43,123.60 

Posting Closing Date: 11/28/2021 

*** INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED ***

The applicant is solely responsible for completion of his/her application. 

This includes supervisor names and phone numbers.

 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Polk 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:

The incumbent if part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida Department of Health in Polk County in its mission to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts and its vision to be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness and Excellence in all aspects of their work.  

 

  • This  is a lead position performing professional environmental work in the onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) section of Environmental Health to include application review and processing, site evaluations, permit issuance, and compliance inspections in all areas of the OSTDS program in accordance with Chapter 381, Florida Statutes, Chapter 64E-6, F.A.C., and the Environmental Health Program Manual DOHM 150-4. Primarily, this includes commercial and residential (OSTDS), OSTDS enforcement duties, inspecting septage pump trucks, septage treatment facilities, land application sites, and all other public health or environmentally regulated concerns.  This position conducts compliance inspections and on-going monitoring, when required, to ensure that onsite systems are constructed, operated and maintained so as not to be a threat to the public health or degrade drinking, surface or ground water resources. Will serve as assistant training officer for the OSTDS program and train staff in proper procedures of issuing permits, inspections, knowledge of soil types, and use of equipment and legal aspects of enforcement.  Will assist the Environmental Supervisor in making vital field decisions pertaining to the OSTDS program.
  • Review plans, evaluate, and make recommendations for the design of proposed and existing residential and commercial OSTDS; recommend issuance or denial of permits and prepare provisos and restrictions. Meet with property owners, engineers, and developers to facilitate design changes.
  • Serves as enforcement specialist for the OSTDS program to include complaint investigations, complaint investigation tracking, sanitary nuisance complaints, and septic tank contracting complaints. Enforcement duties include preparing reports, violation notices, and informal meeting notices, warning notices, and serving as the OSTDS program representative during enforcement meetings with Health Department legal staff.
  • Manage OSTDS service permit program. Duties to include service permit application reviews, facility and truck inspections, and service permit updating and tracking.
  • Assist supervisor with data collection and analysis, program planning, audit reviews, quality management, and any other duties as assigned by supervisor.  Attends meetings, hearings, court appearances, educational conferences, and in-service training designed to maintain and improve professional knowledge and skills as assigned.
  • Serves as the Information Custodian of assigned information sets; maintaining the confidentiality of the information in accordance with state, and federal statutes, rules, regulations and Department of Health Information Security Policies, Protocols and Procedures, in accordance with Protocol: Security - 3, V, Sec 1-3.
  • Performs other duties as required such as inspecting regulated facilities where environmental and public health programs must be monitored, including performance of additional interpreter duties consistent with skill level, and as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of all applicable state and local laws, regulations and ordinances pertaining to the physical requirements of regulated facility operations. 
  • Be familiar with confidentiality law. 
  • Be familiar with Florida Administrative Codes that deal with food service, migrant labor camps, biomedical waste, mobile home parks, and general sanitation for facilities, sewage disposal and potable water treatment. 
  • Interpret laws and regulations related to violations and compliance. 
  • Make inspections of facilities and determine if violations exist. 
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Be able to handle documented evidence correctly for endorsement action.
  • Ability to operate required soil and auguring equipment, laser plane, Munsell soil chart, light meters, and thermometer. 

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering and two years of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or engineering; or
  • A master's degree from an accredited or university in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering and one year of professional experience as described above
  • This position may require certification as outlined in Florida Statutes 381.0101 for either (1) Food Protection, or (2) Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS), or (3) both Food Protection and OSTDS programs. 
  • To qualify for certification, the incumbent must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and must have successfully completed a minimum of 30-semester or 40 quarter hours in environmental health, environmental science, a physical or a biological science, or public health.
  • Valid Florida Class E, driver license.

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:

Mission:

To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

Vision:

To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.

Values:

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:

Bartow, FL

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 www.myfrs.com);

  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.

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: http://www.sss.gov 

 

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.

 

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

 

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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. 

 

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.  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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