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Date: Oct 4, 2021

Location: ORLANDO, FL, US, 32803

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Requisition No: 482842 

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37020935 

Salary:  $40,948.00 - $50,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/23/2021 


Environmental Specialist III

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 Environmental Specialist will be working in the Submerged Lands & Environmental Resources Coordination (SLERC) Program.  The SLERC Program is responsible for the consistent implementation of the State 404 and Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) programs statewide. 

The ERP Program regulates activities in, on or over surface waters or wetlands, as well as any activity involving the alteration of surface water flows.The State 404 Program regulates dredge and fill activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. This position shall serve as the primary processor of State 404 permit applications and 404 compliance/enforcement of state transportation projects located in the central region of the state. The incumbent will also work collaboratively with the 404 state transportation counterparts located in the Division of Water Resource Management and other DEP District offices to identify improvements and consistency initiatives that can be implemented within the Program and to assist each office with state transportation projects.

Routine travel is required to project sites, training sites, meetings, and conferences. Field evaluations will take place under all types of weather conditions and may involve traversing rough terrain.


The Difference You Will Make:

The Environmental Specialist works with department staff to ensure projects meet the agencies strict environmental standards protecting wetlands and water quality. The Environmental Specialist also works with managers to plan and prioritize activities and projects in line with DEP’s strategic objectives and find integrated solutions on a variety of organizational challenges.


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:

The position is located in the Department’s Central District office in Orlando, Florida. Orlando is the perfect destination to start a new life for you and your family.  Orlando is known for its breathtaking scenery, amazing attractions, and a casual and laid-back atmosphere. The city is home to numerous events and festivals throughout the year, so you always have something to do or places to explore. The city is widely diverse with a strong representation of multiple races and ethnicities. 


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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$40,948 - $50,000


Your Specific Responsibilities:

  • Implements the State 404 permitting program as it applies to state transportation projects.
  • Reviews permit applications; identifies environmental impacts associated with proposed activities; assist in the resolution of environmental issues; draft proposed agency actions
  • Perform site inspections and prepares inspection reports
  • Actively participates in the Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) and Transportation Development Process
  • Actively participates and coordinates with other members of the Environmental Technical Advisory Team (ETAT) related to state transportation projects
  • Reviews construction site monitoring reports for compliance with permit conditions
  • Draft compliance and enforcement documents
  • Attends meetings, trainings, workshops, and conferences as needed
  • Receive and maintain DEP Certified Wetland Evaluator (CWE) status
  • Establishes and maintains positive and productive working relationships with agency colleagues, water management district, and Transportation staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of physical and natural sciences relative to environmental resources and water quality
  • Knowledge of rules and statutes governing the regulatory and proprietary programs of the state
  • Knowledge of computers and the Microsoft suite of applications
  • Possess effective verbal and written communication techniques
  • Skilled at organization and good communication
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a member of a team
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise and articulate procedures, reports and letters
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public
  • Ability to work independently, collect, analyze and synthesize scientific and technical data
  • Ability to understand and apply rules, directives, policies and procedures
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel as needed to perform site inspections, attend trainings, participate in meetings and attend conferences
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in physical or natural sciences relative to environmental and wetland resources.
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in the field of environmental regulation, environmental or land management, habitat restoration, or biological sciences. Advanced degree(s) can substitute for some years of experience.
  • Valid driver's license.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Several years of experience related to the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) Program (permitting, compliance, enforcement and state lands) or similar state or Federal dredge and fill program experience.
  • Experience with Florida’s Delineation of the Landward Extent of Wetlands and Surface Waters rule, Chapter 62-340, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Experience with Florida’s Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method rule, Chapter 62-345, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Experience with the Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) and Transportation Development Process
  • Experience with reviewing state transportation projects or similar large linear-type projects
  • Experience with the rules and statutes governing the State’s regulatory and proprietary programs


Contact Information:

Timothy Rach


Persons interested in applying for this position must submit a completed State of Florida Employment Application through the People First System.


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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