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Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: PORT SAINT JOE, FL, US, 32456

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Requisition No: 312282 

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37932015 

Salary:  15.00 

Posting Closing Date: 03/08/2021 

Position Announcement


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Requisition Job Title: Other Personal Services (OPS), Environmental Specialist I

Position Title: Resource Restoration Specialist

Position Number: 37932015

Base Salary: $15.00 hour

City: Port St. Joe, FL          

Facility: St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve

Work Hours: This is a 40 hour per week position

Work Time: 7:30am – 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)



In carrying out the duties of this position, the Environmental Specialist I for the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, is always expected to be aware of and abide by the Department’s Standards of Conduct, as well as all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable.


This diverse position will serve as the Environmental Specialist I at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. This position will actively participate in the natural and cultural resource management program for the Preserve.


The primary duties will include addressing conservation, preservation and restoration of upland and wetland natural communities. This will strongly include restoration and planning activities, ArcGIS mapping and prescribed fire and wildfire suppression duties.


This diverse position oversees three main focus points:

  1. Restoration and planning
    1. Resource management surveys and treatments.
    2. Large-scale field projects.


  1. ArcGIS mapping
    1. Field collection and data management.
    2. Generating professional GIS maps.


  1. Prescribed burning.
    1. Preparation and completion.
    2. Wildfire suppression


Candidate is expected to work in a dynamic high-energy work environment and must be able to work on competing projects at the same time. Also, be comfortable working independently in the field and in various weather and field conditions. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Performs other duties as required and assigned.


The Preserve has a small team of dedicated individuals who excel at a wide variety of resource management tasks, collaborating together while also working independently in remote areas. The successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to learn quickly, communicate effectively, and have a proven ability to be adaptable. This position will primarily help coordinate and implement field projects.




Responsible for, assist with and/or actively participates in the planning, coordinating and implementing of natural and cultural resource management activities such as: Addressing conservation, preservation and restoration of upland and wetland natural communities both in and around the Preserve. Collecting and recording resource management data for research projects including monitoring, surveys, site restoration projects, hydrological restoration, management plans and other type activities. Implementing site restoration projects in coordination with the Unit Management Plan. Update Preserve’s Management Plan maps. Field collecting, in-house maintenance and generation of professional GIS maps. Recording and maintaining databases utilizing handheld Trimble Units/iSO, Android devices and ArcGIS Pro to help map, monitor and track changes in species, population, and upland habitats. Integrating a streamline workflow between ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Collector App. Assist with UAV/drone/RTK surveys. Learning protocols for research and monitoring projects such as: rare plant monitoring, photo point monitoring, surface water-level monitoring. Collaboration with regional land managers through partnerships with Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance (ARSA) and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) groups to accomplish resource management goals and help address priority upland management issues. Working independently in the field and in various weather and field conditions. Prescribed fire and wildfire suppression activities at the Preserve and the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR). Obtaining and maintaining the appropriate fire training requirements to effectively participate in the prescribed fire program. Participating and assisting in the execution of all facets of the active prescribed burn program. This includes active participation in, at least, the following; participates in burn operations, assist with mop-up and patrols, fire lines maintenance, is on-call for wildfires. Maintaining fire trucks and other fire equipment necessary for prescribed burning/wildfires in a fire ready state. Successful completion of annual moderate pack test. Participates with upkeep and maintenance of all fire lines and roads while working with specialized equipment such as tractors, ASV tract loaders and their implements. Developing plans for protection, ecological restoration and biological monitoring of all the rare, endangered and threatened plants that are within the Preserve. Invasive and exotic plant removal using natural, mechanical and chemical means. Making sure all safety regulations and guidelines are met for all upland and aquatic herbicide mixtures and that they are being applied in a safe and accurate manner.




Responsible for, assist with and/or actively participates in the planning, coordinating and implementing of maintenance activities such as: Maintaining and using a wide variety of hand tools and heavy powered equipment such as chainsaws, UTV’s, tractor, AVS track loader and their assorted implements. Conducting preventative maintenance on vehicles and equipment. Cleaning and maintaining grounds, facilities and equipment utilizing appropriate tools and equipment.




Responsible for, assist with and/or actively participates in the planning, coordinating and implementing of administrative activities such as: Utilizing a DEP computer and network systems, maintaining records, vehicle log entry forms, various monthly and quarterly reports, grant writing and other various administrative duties. Maintaining strong organizational, multitasking and effective communication skills. Working in a high-energy work environment while maintaining a positive and effective working relationship with staff and volunteers. Following the guidance of the Unit Management Plan. Local interests with decision making in areas such as the health of the Preserve and adjacent St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve. Coordinating with other agencies, entities, non-profits and local, state, and federal government to protect the long-term health and integrity of Florida’s coastal and aquatic environments.




Responsible for, assist with and/or actively participates in the planning, coordinating and implementing of protection activities such as: Protecting the natural and cultural resources of the Preserve. Obtaining and maintains a DEP Archaeological Resource Monitor (ARM) certification for the archaeology sites within the Preserve. Reporting facility and boundary incursions. 




Responsible for, assist with and/or actively participates in the planning, coordinating and implementing of enhancing public appreciation activities such as: Increasing recreational and access opportunities. Designing and enhancing Preserve specific literature for public dissemination, educational displays, exhibits, brochures and web-site content. Identifying media opportunities and strategies to proactively communicate the Preserves mission and provide clear, concise and consistent information to the public.





Have working knowledge of computer applications and functions including Microsoft Word programs, Google Earth, ERSI ArcGIS or ArcPro.

Knowledge of the terminology and principles of the physical or natural sciences. 



Operation of field and laboratory monitoring equipment.

Excellent field, office and computer organizational skills.



Work and communicate effectively with the staff, volunteers, public and representatives of other agencies in a tactful and courteous manner both verbally and in writing.

Work independently and efficiently while conducting land management activities and being self-motivated on work initiatives; at times this may involve extended hours in the field in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Ability to work various hours and weekends to assist with festivals, tours, and prescribed and wildfires as needed.

Ability to be adaptable, flexible and resourceful and to maintain a positive outlook. 

Ability to lift and carry 50-pounds while walking over uneven terrain.




Knowledge of Northwest Florida’s flora and fauna.

Knowledge of upland and wetland natural communities in Northwest Florida.

Be able to proficiently use the following: ArcPad/Pathfinder for GPS, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Collector Application and handheld Trimble Units/iSO.




Candidates for this position must pass a moderate or arduous pack test within 90 days of accepting the position. Candidates will be required to walk 2 miles carrying 25lbs in less than 30 minutes to be considered for this position. 


Must have a High School diploma


Must have one year of professional experience in physical or natural sciences.



Licensure/registration/certification requirements:

Must be able to maintain a current driver’s license



Contact: Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager,

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.

Nearest Major Market: Panama City