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Date:  Jun 11, 2022

MADISON, FL, US, 32340

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Requisition No: 602326 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 64028480

Position Number: 64028480 

Salary:  $35,000 - $40,000 

Posting Closing Date: 06/26/2022 


Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is specialized professional environmental health work covering all Environmental Programs for the Madison and Jefferson CHD. This position acts as lead worker in several programs as assigned by the Environmental Health Director. This is an independent position that requires writing reports, correspondence, application reviews and conducting field evaluations and inspections of facilities to assure compliance with applicable Environmental Health statutes, rules and standards of the Department of Health. This position is responsible for the integrity and confidentiality of data sets under his/her control.

On-Site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS):

Conducts site evaluations and plan reviews as required for sites proposed for development using OSTDS (mainly septic tank and drain field) systems.  Evaluations are conducted in compliance with provisions of Chapters 64E-6, FAC, and 381, F.S., and may include review of new installations, existing systems or repair of systems.  Issues permits for sites and/or systems meeting rule requirements.  Assists customers as necessary with the permitting process.  Conducts final inspections of installations in accordance with department policy to determine compliance with applicable rules and statutes. Initiates enforcement actions by drafting non-compliance and warning letters and assisting with other enforcement documents.

Regulated Facilities:

Conducts plan reviews and compliance inspections as assigned at facilities regulated by the Department.  Such facilities may include residential group care facilities, schools, detention facilities, day care centers, mobile home and RV parks, migrant labor camps, swimming pools and bathing places, biomedical waste generators and tanning facilities.  Inspections are conducted in compliance with provisions of the applicable chapters of Florida Statues and Florida Administrative Code.  Coordinates with other permitting agencies such as Department of Education, Department of Corrections and Department of Children and Families regarding these facilities.

Food Service:

Conducts plan reviews and compliance inspections as assigned at establishments regulated by Chapter 64E-11 FAC.  Assists when necessary in the investigation of food borne illness outbreaks.  Coordinates with other agencies such as Department of Business Regulation and Department of Agriculture on food complaints concerning facilities the Department of Health does not regulate.

Drinking Water Systems:

Conducts plan reviews and performs inspections of Limited Use Public Water Systems as assigned.  Collects chemical or bacteriological water samples as necessary.  Verifies system compliance with applicable rules and statutes.  Maintains current register of all regulated sites, including permitting status.   Investigates complaints concerning public water systems and notifies DEP of rule violations.  Assists DEP when necessary in the enforcement of state laws and rules.  Ensures that all SUPER ACT investigations, sampling, and related paperwork meet applicable standards and are performed within the required time frame.

Surveillance and Monitoring:

Investigates complaints and incidents related to animal bites, West Nile Virus and other arthropod-borne viruses, and lead exposure.  Responds to complaints of sanitary nuisances from citizens and attempts abatement using provisions of applicable Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Codes and Department of Health policies.  Coordinates with other agencies as necessary.  Submits specimens to DOH Lab for analysis and communicates findings with bite victims or complainants.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to work independently and as a team; ability to handle multiple tasks at once; must be organized and detailed oriented. Able to communicate effectively and deal with the public.
  • Knowledge of computer software to enhance the productivity of the CHD programs
  • Within one year of employment incumbent must become a Certified Environmental Health Professional in Onsite Seward Treatment and Disposal and Food Protection.



  • Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental health, environmental science or physical or biological science
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
  • Must be willing and able to work in all weather.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be willing to work in Madison and Jefferson Counties


  • At least one year of experience as an Environmental Specialist in the State of Florida.
  • Current licensure as a certified Environmental Health Professional or a Registered Sanitarian

 Where You Will Work:

Jefferson County and Madison County


 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.


I 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.

 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. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

 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.  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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