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Date: Jun 8, 2018

Location: MIAMI, FL, US, 33172

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Requisition No: 37674 

Agency: Department of Transportation


Position Number: 55009090 

Salary:  $51,997.18 - $67,290.47 

Posting Closing Date: 06/22/2018 



647 / Drainage





CONTACT PERSON:  Ricardo Salazar



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SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.


THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VALUES AND SUPPORTS EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.  QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.   In accordance with Section 110.112, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Department of Transportation’s Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, the agency is committed to ensuring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Upon request and as appropriate, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities may be provided.  Interested persons should contact the Florida Department of Transportation’s Equal Opportunity Office located at 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 or call (850) 414-4747 for assistance.  


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Obtain environmental and regulatory permits for all transportation projects.  Determine which transportation projects require permits.  Apply thorough knowledge of federal, state, and regional regulatory agency permitting rules, and regulations.  Serve as the liaison between the department and agents of the regulatory agencies.  Determine which regulatory agencies will exert jurisdiction, what type of permit will be required from those agencies, and what criteria will have to be met to obtain those permits.  Assist in preparation of in-house permit applications and submit all necessary information to those regulatory agencies in order to acquire appropriate permits.  Signs and seals permit documents for in-house permits as needed. Direct, oversee and coordinate the environmental permitting and mitigation program.


Perform jurisdictional determinations and protected species surveys and establishes jurisdictional boundaries of wetlands and other surface waters in accordance with agency requirements.  Prepare maps showing jurisdictional boundaries for surveyor.  Coordinate and participate in meetings and field reviews with environmental permit agencies.  Conduct informal consultation for protected species, biological opinions, wetland jurisdictional determinations and mitigation activities as required by applicable federal, state, and local laws or regulations.  Prepare relevant portions of environmental permit applications.  Acquire, verify and present data pertinent to environmental permitting.  Assess current and proposed conditions and functions of the environmental features of impacted wetlands.  Prepare appropriate agency wetland data forms and impact tables. Oversee the Gopher Tortoise Permit Program and programs related to other species that are required to obtain permits.


Supervises staff and reviews the work of consultants in the coordination of Environmental Impact Assessment reviews, environmental permit reviews, and documents pertaining to Project Development and Environment (PD&E) as well as on final design projects.  Supervises review of and/or reviews construction plans to determine permitting issues related to proposed projects during each processing phase.  Supervises update and/or updates Department's Environmental Permit reports and District's Environmental Permits status. 


Serves as the production representative/coordinator of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and the Total Daily Maximum Pollutant Load (TMDL) program.  Coordinates the maintenance of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for all the state roads in [enter County names] Counties.  Coordinate effectively with state and local agencies on behalf of the Department to carryout NPDES activities.  Maintain Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) with local agencies and Prepare Annual Report per permit requirement which requires getting and organizing NPDES data from FDOT Construction, Maintenance, Environmental Management, Work Program and local agencies.  Help drainage office to implement best management practices to reduce pollutants in the stormwater discharge to maximim extent practicable and to prepare inventory and mapping of drainage system structures (i.e., Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases and web mapping applications).  Participates in State-wide "Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)" activities.


Coordinate mitigation program activites as required by Chapter 373.4137, F.S. Prepare annual wetland impact inventories and quarterly reconciliation reports as required and provides copies for Central Office.  Attend joint agency meetings on potential mitigation sites.  Negotiate mitigation site monitoring requirements with agencies.  Review work program to ensure mitigation requirements are adequately funded in the correct fiscal year.  Track payment of mitigation to Water Management Districts or private mitigation banks.  Track permit application fees and approves fees in the state payment system.  Prepare invitations to bid for the purchase of mitigation credits.  Track purchased credits from mitigation banks using spreadsheets.  Review approved permits for required mitigation credits and submit required proof of mitigation purchase letters.


Administers consultant contracts as assigned to accomplish District's Permits related needs by assuring that consultant acquistition and supplemental agreements occur within established production schedules.  Prepare scope and staff hour estimates for environmental permitting and assist with negotiations with consultants.  Assist in the selection process of consultants or contractors either as a Technical Review Committee (TRC) member or an advisor.  Review reports, plans and other documents prepared by consultants and in-house staff for accuracy and completeness.  Participates in Scoping Committee meetings, selection, negotiations and evaluations of consultant contracts.  Verify proposed mitigation calculations are accurate.  Review construction plans and environmental permit applications for consistency with department standards and applicable agency criteria and provides written comments.  Represent the Department at internal and external meetings.  Assist in managing districtwide consultant contracts relevant to permitting and permit compliance.


Coordinate monitoring and/or monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental permit commitments are being implemented.  Assist with resolving problems encountered by project personnel in achieving compliance with mandates and develop corrective action plans for deficiencies identified through regulatory inspections, audits, and/or other means.


Review current and proposed federal, state and local regulations involving water quality, wetland mitigation, and protected species as they are applicable to the district’s work program. Provide direction and guidance to department disicplines regarding environmental permit regulations. Serve on local and statewide task teams, whether internal or external, as assigned and provide relevant feedback. Provides expert witness testimony for eminent domain cases.


Provides proactive support and expertise to the Efficient Transportation Decision Making process (ETDM) and ETDM Coordinator as required. Provides recommendations on environmental aspects during the Project Development & Environment (PD & E) process, ETDM process and design phases on multiple types of transportation projects.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of environmental laws, regulations, and permitting process for federal, state and local agencies; Knowledge of fundamental hydrologic engineering principles, practices and computations; Knowledge of environmental principles (wetlands, endangered species, secondary and cumulative impacts); Knowledge of general engineering practices and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) design criteria; Knowledge of FDOT operation and production processes; Knowledge of contractual procedures; Knowledge of computer aided drafting design (CADD) systems used by FDOT; Skill in developing appropriate information to satisfy permitting requirements; Skill in interpreting maps, aerials and construction plans; Skill in calculating species mitigation requirements; Skill in negotiating both internally and externally with other agencies; Skill in managing multiple tasks and meeting deadlines; Skill in using computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database and email applications; Ability to field identify upland and wetland plant species; Ability to conduct or oversee wetland jurisdictional determinations; Ability to work independently; Ability to oversee consultant staff; Ability to use spreadsheets to estimate and track mitigation purchases; Ability to understand both written and verbal instructions; Ability to field identify threatened and endangered species and habitat; Ability to present information in an organized manner; Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; Ability to work on multiple assignments and meet established deadlines; Ability to prepare and negotiate scopes, units, and man-hours; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


REQUIRED LICENSURE/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION: Registration as a Professional Engineer in accordance with Florida Statute 471.


OTHER JOB RELATED REQUIREMENTS: During a declared emergency event, the incumbent will be required to assist the District as needed. Some out-of-town travel with overnight stay, occassional evening work, and mandatory attendance at public hearings and work shops is required.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Registration as a Professional Engineer in accordance with Florida Statute 471.


As a CANDIDATE, you may be required to provide documentation (i.e. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENCY, college transcripts, ETC.) to verify meeting these Minimum Qualifications.


A Competitive Area Differential (CAD) additive in the amount of $4,222.40 will be added to the annual salary.


THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VALUES THE SERVICE VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE GIVEN TO OUR COUNTRY AND SUPPORTS THE HIRING OF RETURNING SERVICE MEMBERS AND MILITARY SPOUSES.  If you are a preference-eligible applicant who receives notice of a hiring decision and believe that you were not afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law and regulation, you may file a written complaint within 60 calendar days from the date you receive the notice, requesting an investigation to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida

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. 

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