Date:  Feb 7, 2024


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Requisition No: 816907 

Agency: Environmental Protection


 Pay Plan: Temp

Position Number: 37970601 

Salary:  $22 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 02/20/2024 

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OPS Senior Maintenance Mechanic

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:

OPS SENIOR MAINTENANCE MECHANIC (site supervisor) (37970601)




An opportunity is available for a self-motivated, hardworking individual, with strong site supervision experience, mechanical maintenance experience and heavy equipment operations skills fill the position of OPS Senior Maintenance Mechanic at Deer Lake State Park. Flexibility and a high level of commitment are required for this position. Professionalism and the ability to perform as part of a team are essential attributes for any applicant to this position.


The Difference You Will Make:


Florida State Parks are managed and preserved for enjoyment by all through providing appropriate resource-based recreational opportunities, interpretation and education that help visitors connect to the Real Florida. SM


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:

Deer Lake State Park

6350 E County Hwy 30A

Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459


Deer Lake State Park features two hiking trails that provide views of pines, deer moss and a scenic overlook of the norther part of Deer Lake.


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:


For a more benefits information, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com 


*Seasonal and part-time OPS employees (less than 30 hours average per week) refer to the links above for detailed eligibility requirements



$22 per hour


Your Specific Responsibilities:


The Site Supervisor/Operator/Mechanic will work closely with the Environmental Specialist III at the District One office and will be based out of Deer Lake State Park. This position will work in the field to lead and oversee a group of operators to achieve conservation and management goals. This position is expected to know the appropriate implements to achieve the desired goals environmentally while maintaining the equipment and tractors to a state of high readiness.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Wetland habitats
  • Handheld GPS units



  • Mapping software such as GIS or Google Earth
  • Trailering, loading, driving, and operating trucks
  • Operating UTV, excavator, track loader, skid steer, tractor, and other equipment in remote locations and difficult terrain
  • Microsoft Office (specifically PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Critical thinking for addressing complex challenges in the field



  • Work flexible work schedule including long days in the field.
  • Work effectively with little direct supervision, in remote locations, and rugged weather conditions
  • Participate in prescribed burning and other resource management activities
  • Identify and investigate problems
  • Communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing
  • Plan, evaluate, analyze data, and prepare reports
  • Develop and organize data logically for presentation in reports and other written documents
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Understand and apply rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Maintain facilities and equipment
  • Perform a variety of skilled trade functions
  • Use assorted hand power/gas tools and equipment
  • Perform physical labor
  • Deal with park visitors effectively
  • Operate marine vessels, motor vehicles, light and heavy equipment
  • Maintain a valid driver license


Minimum Qualifications:

Valid Driver’s License


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:






Contact: Christopher Whittle, Environmental Specialist III


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