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DEP-OPS ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37940210-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399-2400

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Requisition No: 270144 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: DEP-OPS ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37940210-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37940210 

Salary:  $14.90 hourly (hiring at base for the position title) 

Posting Closing Date: 11/30/2020 

Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Biology Program

Toxicology Section


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OPS Environmental Specialist I

Position Number 37940210


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


Summary of Duties: Performs Aquatic Toxicity Bioassays under supervision of Senior analysts.  Maintains cultures of aquatic test organisms. Participates in the evaluation and operation of testing of dischargers for compliance with state and federal regulations using aquatic toxicity tests. Calibrates and maintains test equipment. Performs routine laboratory QA/QC measurements. Prepares culture and test media. Maintains laboratory supplies. Maintains bioassay SRT data files.  Enters bioassay data into Laboratory Information Management System. Reviews and maintains Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance.


Participates in glassware cleaning. Ensures laboratory cleanliness. Assists in algal assay laboratory as needed. Collects and transports samples from commercial carriers to the laboratory, including picking up samples on weekends.


Performs other work as required. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Essential):

  1. Knowledge of the basic concepts and principles of the physical or natural sciences.
  2. Knowledge of the procedures, material and equipment used in laboratory testing and analysis.
  3. Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  4. Ability to collect, record, and analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences.
  5. Ability to understand and follow verbal and written technical instructions for laboratory analysis, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  6. Skill in the use of computers, including Microsoft Office software, internet resources, or other of computer programs.
  7. Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  8. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  9. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  10. Ability to work weekends, holidays and extra daily hours as needed.
  11. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  12. Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and travel.
  13. Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  14. Ability to use laboratory personal protective equipment and work with acids, acetone, and other chemicals.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):  

     15.   Knowledge of Whole Effluent Toxicity testing.


Position Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in one of the natural, physical or environmental sciences.  An official transcript is required of the selected candidate to confirm qualifications for the position. Ability to travel and maintain a valid Driver’s 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:


Lauren Gottfreid, Environmental Manager

(850) 245-8166 


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.