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DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL ADMINISTRATOR - SES - 37020848-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Date: Feb 12, 2019

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399-2400

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Requisition No: 50837 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL ADMINISTRATOR - SES - 37020848-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37020848 

Salary:  $4,396.02 monthly(commensurate with experience) 

Posting Closing Date: 02/24/2019 

Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Biology Program


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Extended Closing on February 24, 2019

Previous applicants do not need to re-apply; Previous applications will be considered.


Environmental Administrator - SES

Position Number 37020848


 The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration’s Biology Program is accepting applications for a full-time (40 hours per week) Select Exempt Services Environmental Administrator position.


Summary of Duties: This Environmental Administrator position manages professional and technical staff who analyze environmental samples by algal and macroinvertebrate taxonomic identification and by qPCR molecular biology methods. Serves as a program lead on biological assessment activities, including project design and evaluation, sampling efforts, compilation of data sets, biological community statistical analyses, evaluation of stressors, and development of assessment methodologies.


Directs activities pertaining to the analysis of environmental samples for biological assessment and microbial source tracking efforts. Develops work plans and ensures that analytical efforts are managed in a responsible and efficient manner, and that production demands and deadlines are satisfied. Ensures that program funds, equipment and supplies are efficiently and effectively utilized.


Stays abreast of new analytical technologies and directs the evaluation and incorporation of new equipment and methodologies. Makes purchasing recommendations for equipment and expenses. Oversees the purchase, design, and implementation of software tools to manage the section’s data stream. Assists in the interfacing of laboratory methods and instrumentation to the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).


Directly supervises the human resource-related activities of the subordinate positions indicated on this position description. Serves as liaison to the program administrator for all human resource-related issues within the assigned work area. Makes recommendations for hiring and maintaining sufficient staffing levels for efficient and effective laboratory operations. 


Assists in the specification of quality assurance (QA) objectives, including review of the Laboratory’s Quality Manual and development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Ensures that all quality objectives are met and properly documented in a timely fashion. Investigates and resolves problems identified by sub-standard performance on quality control measurements. Assists with responsibilities related to the laboratory’s certification program. Certifies final reports for the Biology Program, ensuring that all quality assurance (QA) requirements are met and the reported data is accurate and scientifically sound.


Reviews submittals to the department’s innovative technology library, critically evaluating the scope of the product, process, or equipment and the supporting data for environmental acceptability and scientific merit. Provides consulting services and technical evaluations to agency program staff as needed. Prepares and performs public outreach activities regarding work performed by the DEP Laboratory. Acts as subject matter expert for the department and provides expert testimony as needed.


This position participates in the afterhours laboratory freezer/refrigerator alarm monitoring on a rotating basis.


Performs other duties as directed.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Essential):

  1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and management.
  2. Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and analytical techniques of the physical and natural sciences, biological research, analysis or testing.
  3. Knowledge of the principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment used in scientific study design and biological assessment.
  4. Ability to determine work priorities, assign work, document activities, and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
  5. Ability to use QC measures to evaluate accuracy, precision and efficiency of biological methods and ensure high quality data.
  6. Ability to evaluate and implement new analytical methods and procedures.
  7. Skill and experience in effectively presenting complex scientific information through technical reports and presentations.
  8. Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to biological science and environmental testing.
  9. Ability to consult, digest, and utilize peer reviewed scientific literature.
  10. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  11. Ability to think critically and utilize problem-solving techniques.
  12. Ability to effectively and efficiently utilize available resources.
  13. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  14. Ability to participate in the afterhours laboratory freezer/refrigerator alarm monitoring.
  15. Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and travel.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):  


   16. Knowledge of the principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment used in microbial source tracking and taxonomic analysis.

   17. Skill and experience using a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for sample processing and reporting.

   18. Skill and experience in designing and conducting scientific studies.

   19. Skill and experience performing field sampling.

   20. Skill and experience interpreting qualitative and quantitative data.

   21. Skill and experience in reviewing data and documents for technical merit and environmental acceptability.

   22. Skill and experience in the use of statistical software (PRIMER, R, SAS or similar programs) to analyze taxonomic and water quality data.


Position Requirements:

Bachelor or advanced degree from an accredited university or college with a major course of study in biology or related natural science and at least 5 years of relevant experience. An official transcript or diploma is required of the selected candidate to confirm qualifications for this position.

A valid driver’s license

Occasional travel


Position location:                    Bob Martinez Center, Jerry E Brooks Environmental Laboratory

                                                      2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400


Monthly salary: $ 4,396.02 per month(commensurate with experience)


Advertisement Closing Date: January 6, 2019


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


For questions concerning this position, please contact:


Cheryl Swanson, Program Administrator



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.