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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT - 37020004

Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 512741 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT - 37020004

Position Number: 37020004 

Salary:  $45,000 to $ 53,500 

Posting Closing Date: 12/03/2021 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT – 37020004

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:

This posting is for a full-time, career service Environmental Consultant position with the Water Compliance Enforcement Program (WCEP) in DEP’s Division of Water Resource Management.

WCEP facilitates statewide coordination of compliance and enforcement activities relating to the development of policy, guidance and training materials to ensure consistency among DEP’s six district offices for the state’s Industrial Wastewater, Domestic Wastewater, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater programs. WCEP is responsible for federal data management reporting activities associated with the Wastewater and NPDES Stormwater programs. Additionally, WCEP coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on implementation of the NPDES components of the Clean Water Act.

 

The Difference You Will Make:

Water and natural resources are the foundation of Florida’s communities, economy, and way of life. The Division of Water Resource Management (DWRM) is responsible for implementing state laws providing for the protection of the quality of Florida’s drinking water, ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands; and the reclamation of mined lands.

DWRM is comprised of several programs that perform water facilities regulation, and operational support services and functions. The division also serves as Florida’s central point of contact for federally delegated/assumed water programs and has regulatory oversight of certain functions of water and wastewater facilities throughout Florida. We work toward safeguarding Florida’s water resources and enhancing natural systems through partnering with local communities, and providing a more certain, consistent and effective regulatory process. Our goal is to enhance both the quality and available quantity of water needed by the state’s residents, visitors, and industries, while also providing protection of the state’s wetlands, other surface waters, and ground waters today and for generations to come.

 

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:

The work location of this position is in Tallahassee, Florida, the capital of the state of Florida and the seat of state government. A mid-sized city in the heart of the Big Bend, Tallahassee is known for its beautiful parks, rolling hills, canopied roads, museums and natural resources. Tallahassee is located just 22 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, home to some of the world’s top beaches, and the city boasts numerous parks offering outdoor activities, league sports and natural trails for running, hiking and biking. Florida State University (FSU), Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and several smaller colleges in the region offer a hub for academic research, athletics, art, music, and other student activities.

This position’s responsibilities will also require occasional travel to DEP’s six regional districts across Florida to provide regulatory staff trainings and to provide support during compliance inspections.

 

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 waivers;
  • And more!

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

 

Pay:

$45,000 to $ 53,500 (commensurate with experience, certifications, and qualifications).

 

Your Specific Responsibilities:

  • Aid in development, coordination, and implementation of the statewide Domestic Wastewater and Industrial Wastewater compliance and enforcement programs. Prepare guidance, provide trainings, and coordinate with district personnel to promote consistent implementation of compliance initiatives and enforcement activities.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to DEP District staff, the regulated community, consultants/engineers, federal and state agencies, local governments and the public. Coordinate responses to written and telephonic inquiries, regulatory complaints, and information requests. Assist with programmatic talks, trainings, and presentations.
  • Review and comment on various issues affecting the regulatory programs implemented by the Program. Aid in the development of policy recommendations in the areas of Domestic Wastewater and Industrial Wastewater compliance, enforcement, and related training and data needs. Contribute to program recommendations on draft rule language, regulatory proposals, specific enforcement actions, and needs for statewide guidance and consistency.
  • Serve as a primary wastewater compliance and enforcement liaison between EPA, the Division, and the DEP District Offices with duties including coordinating responses to EPA inquiries and preparing required reports such as the Quarterly Non-Compliance Report (QNCR), Significant Non-Compliance (SNC) Report, and Quarterly Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Enforcement Report.
  • Coordinate with the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (DEAR) in conducting bio-assessments of point source discharges and assist in preparation of reports summarizing data collected as part of these studies.
  • Participate in the review of draft Fifth Year Inspection reports.
  • Review wastewater facility Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) for any potential data entry issues, as needed.
  • Enter and maintain accurate data in state and federal databases and other data tracking systems, as required.
  • Assist with the EPA State Review Framework (SRF) Annual Data Verification process and SRF On-Site File Review/Audits.
  • Review and provide expert-level feedback on the District’s draft enforcement actions as part of the Peer Review process to promote consistency. This includes interpreting applicable penalty policy guidelines, permit requirements, rules, and statutes and providing an independent recommendation on the appropriateness of the action.
  • Assist as needed with emergency response activities located at the State's Emergency Operations Center and ensure appropriate staff monitor and update Water Tracker during periods of severe weather (i.e., hurricanes, emergency situations, etc.).
  • Perform other related duties and assist in projects requiring section expertise, as assigned by supervisor.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the concepts, terminology, principles, and analytical techniques of the physical and natural sciences;
  • Knowledge of biological, chemical, and physical processes as they relate to water quality and the aquatic environment;
  • Knowledge of water quality criteria and testing parameters;
  • Knowledge of water quality sampling and analysis procedures;
  • Knowledge of sample collection techniques and use of field analytical equipment;
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of and experience with compliance activities and the Department’s enforcement procedures, directives and penalty guidelines;
  • Knowledge of and skill in the use of computers and software programs utilized for word processing, database management, statistical and spreadsheet applications, including MS Office applications Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team;
  • Ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret scientific or technical data;
  • Ability to prepare technical reports;
  • Ability to coordinate and monitor environmental related data and programs;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other state, federal and local employees in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Ability to effectively train others;
  • Ability to solve problems and effectively make decisions;
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments, determine work priorities and ensure completion of work assignments;
  • Ability to travel overnight, if required; and
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A 4-year degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, environmental science or one of the natural sciences.
  • Five years of related professional experience or an advanced professional degree in a related field.
  • A valid driver’s license.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience with NPDES wastewater federal reporting.
  • Previous work experience interpreting NPDES wastewater permit requirements.

 

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

 

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:

HR_VeteransPreference@dep.state.fl.us

HR_ER@dep.state.fl.us

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: Tallahassee