Date:  Nov 9, 2023


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Requisition No: 802037 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 64030982 1

Position Number: 64030982 

Salary:  $33,351.42 - $38,617.44 

Posting Closing Date: 12/05/2023 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Your Specific Responsibilities:

This position involves professional Environmental Health work, independently conducting inspections of regulated facilities and entities for compliance with Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Code and Sarasota County Code requirements in environmental health programs within Sarasota County in accordance with department policies and Environmental Health Program Manual 150-4. This is a generalist Environmental Specialist I position requiring work in all Environmental Health programs including (but not limited to) water well construction permitting; public swimming pools; onsite wastewater treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), mobile home parks safety and sanitation, food hygiene, group care; migrant labor camps; Super-Act (water well surveillance); limited use public wells; biomedical waste, tattoo, body art and piercing establishments; sanitary/environmental nuisance complaints; rabies surveillance; Safe Drinking Water Act; and skin tanning establishments. The position is based in the North County Environmental Health office in Sarasota and will primarily serve the northern half of Sarasota County; however, travel to the South County Environmental Health office (located in Venice) will be required as needed depending on workload. Use of personal vehicle will at times be required (with mileage reimbursed per Florida Statute Chapter 112.061.) Assigned duties will include a majority of work outdoors conducting inspections and site evaluations of unimproved and un-cleared acreage and/or land parcels covered in thick vegetation in all types of weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, rain, high humidity, and other adverse and unpleasant conditions. This position reports directly to the Environmental Specialist III – SES.


GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM SUPPORT: Provides field and staff support for all environmental health programs, including but not limited to: Public Swimming Pools; Healthy Beaches Program, Super-ACT, Biomedical Waste, Mobile Home Parks Sanitation, Sanitary Nuisance Complaints, Indoor Air Quality, and other DOH-Sarasota regulated facilities. Initiates and coordinates enforcement procedures related to assigned duties as required. 


PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS & BATHING PLACES:  Perform routine inspections and review plans and applications for operating and permits to determine compliance with Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Code, and Sarasota County Code.  Collect water samples for bacteriological analysis.


BIOMEDICAL WASTE, TATTOO, AND BODY PIERCING: Conducts and coordinates inspections, investigations, and sanitary surveys in Biomedical Waste, Tattoo, and Body Piercing programs to ensure compliance with all applicable statutes, rules, and ordinances. Acts as a liaison with other DOH divisions, state, federal and local agencies when needed in response to complaints and inquiries regarding biomedical waste issues. Prepares reports to document compliance or non-compliance of assigned programs.  Makes recommendations regarding the issuance or denial of permits. Conducts enforcement actions as necessary. Coordinates maintenance of records for all assigned areas ensuring that facility files contain the minimum required documentation per Environmental Health Program Manual 150-4.


LIMITED USE PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS:  Conducts inspections/sanitary surveys of Chapter 64E-8, Limited Use Public Water Systems for compliance with applicable state and county codes. Collects microbiological water samples from 64E-8 Limited Use Public Water Systems. Conducts complaint investigations, reviews chemical and bacteriological analyses, coordinates contact with the public as it relates as assigned. Initiates and coordinates enforcement procedures related to assigned duties as required.


PUBLIC & PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES:  Perform routine inspections and review applications and plans for construction and operating permits for private and public drinking water wells and systems and irrigation wells to determine compliance with FS, FAC, and Sarasota County Ordinance.  Coordinate and collect drinking water samples in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection and DOH-Bureau of Toxicology for groundwater chemical contamination.  Assist all agencies and the public in remediation of contaminated wells. Initiates and coordinates enforcement procedures related to assigned duties as required.


ONSITE SEWAGE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SYSTEMS:  Perform necessary site evaluations, review plans, and approve or deny the issuance of new construction and repair permits in accordance with Chapter 64E-6 FAC.  Inspect new and repair installations to determine compliance with FAC.  Provide advice to homeowners and builders on F.S. and FAC permitting. Physically able to lift up to 60 pounds and conduct soil borings to a depth of six feet using a four-inch bucket auger.


SANITARY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCE COMPLAINT INVESTIGATIONS:  Investigate reports of sanitary nuisance complaints.  Follow-up and assure corrective action have been taken or take necessary legal action in accordance with Florida Statute Chapter 386.


COUNTY AND CITY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCESS: Attends County and municipal plan review meetings and conducts plan reviews and site inspections related to Sarasota County and municipalities development review process. Identify and pursue opportunities where Environmental Public Health can be involved in policy and plan development on issues relating to land use, the built environment, and transportation.


OTHER DUTIES as assigned including providing support for all Environmental Health programs as assigned by Environmental Health Director/ Designee


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Environmental Health Programs, Administrative Code, and County Ordinances
  • Customer service skills
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to use basic office equipment




Minimum –

  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical or natural science, or professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or engineering that can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education
  • Current Florida driver’s license or the ability to obtain one


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.


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.


Where You Will Work:

Environmental Health – North        

1001 Sarasota Center Boulevard

Sarasota, FL 34240


Incumbent will be required to travel throughout Sarasota County.


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 www.myfrs.com)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition waiver
  • And more!


For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.


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. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 


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: http://www.sss.gov 


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.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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. 


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.    


If there are any problems applying online, please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287.

Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. TTY users, call (866) 221-0268

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. 

Nearest Major Market: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Tampa