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DEP-OPS ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37940198-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Date: Nov 16, 2020

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399-2400

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Requisition No: 267222 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: DEP-OPS ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37940198-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37940198 

Salary:  $14.90 hourly (commensurate with experience) 

Posting Closing Date: 11/30/2020 

Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Biology Program

Molecular Biology Section


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OPS Environmental Specialist I

Position Number 37940198



The Biology Program is accepting applications for a full-time (40 hours per week) OPS Environmental Specialist I position.


Summary of Duties: Performs sample filtration and extraction for quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analyses. Prepares reagents, standards, and media for sample analysis. Performs quality control and pipette calibrations in accordance with standard operating procedures. Performs equipment cleaning, maintenance, and calibration. Uses the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to record reagent and sample information. Participates in glassware cleaning and ensures laboratory cleanliness. Participates in field sampling and cross training activities as needed.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Essential):

  1. Knowledge of general microbiology and molecular biology.
  2. Knowledge of biological and laboratory QA/QC principals and methods.
  3. Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment such as balance, autoclave, centrifuge, vortexer, etc.
  4. Skill in collecting, recording, and interpreting scientific data.
  5. Skill in determining workload priorities and ensuring proper completion of work assignments.
  6. Skill in the use of computers, including Microsoft Office software and internet resources.
  7. Ability to use laboratory personal protective equipment and work with acids, acetone, and other chemicals.
  8. Ability to understand and follow technical instructions for laboratory analysis, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  9. Ability to work at counter height for long stretches of time with periods of frequent movement about the laboratory.
  10. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  11. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  12. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.  
  13. Ability to think and work independently.
  14. Ability to participate in sampling for special studies.
  15. Ability to maintain a valid Driver License and travel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):

     16.  Experience with preparing reagents and standards.

     17.  Experience with DNA extraction methods.

Position Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related natural science from an accredited college or university. An official transcript is required of the selected candidate to confirm qualifications for the position.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience working in a scientific laboratory
  • A valid Driver License 


Position location: 

Bob Martinez Center, Jerry E Brooks Environmental Laboratory

2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

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:
Sarah Menz, Environmental 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.