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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 37010185

Date:  Sep 8, 2022
Location: 

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Requisition No: 702869 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 37010185

Position Number: 37010185 

Salary:  $38,429.56 - $40,114.00 (Commensurate with experience) 

Posting Closing Date: 10/11/2022 

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II 

State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Waste Management

Open Competitive – Career Service Opportunity

 

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:

The Waste Site Cleanup Section and Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program manages the state-funded investigation and cleanup of hazardous waste sites and emerging contaminants, coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the cleanup of federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites, and implement the Florida Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program.  Management of these sites involves an interdisciplinary combination of geology, hydrogeology, chemistry, engineering, and environmental science to mitigate risk and protect human health and the environment.

 

The Difference You Will Make:

The Environmental Specialist II works as the Project/Contract Manager and is responsible for and assists with the technical and managerial aspects of State-Funded hazardous waste cleanup sites, Superfund site rehabilitation projects, and Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program sites to ensure the environmental effectiveness of these projects in accordance with the National Contingency Plan (NCP), CERCLA/SARA and state regulations as appropriate. 

 

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:

Tallahassee - Tallahassee, Florida’s Capitol City, lined with rolling hills, oak trees, and canopied roads combines old world charm with a modern pace of life. Home to two major universities as well as state government, Tallahassee is a mid-sized city in the heart of Florida’s Big Bend. Tallahassee is a highly desirable location for both those seeking their first job or those ready to enter the next exciting chapter in their career.

 

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:

$38,429.56 - $40,114.00 (Commensurate with experience)

 

Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is a highly responsible, technical position requiring knowledge of all aspects of environmental resources including hazardous waste, surface, and groundwater systems.  Serves as Contract and Project Manager on State-Funded hazardous waste cleanup sites, Superfund site rehabilitation projects, and Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program sites.  As Project Manager, the Environmental Specialist II is responsible for the technical and managerial aspects of these projects, and for ensuring the environmental effectiveness of these projects in accordance with the National Contingency Plan (NCP), CERCLA/SARA and state regulations as appropriate.

  • Manages the performance of all phases of site rehabilitation activities for numerous state-funded hazardous waste site cleanup, Superfund, and Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program sites, contracting out work as necessary.  Reviews site-specific scopes of work and cost estimates and negotiates these elements with the section’s contractors.  Manages contractors working on assigned projects, including on-site inspections, recommendations for corrective actions, and review of change orders.
  • Performs critical and accurate reviews of work plans, investigative reports, designs and bid documents for assigned projects, as well as coordination of document reviews with other sections and agencies. Reviews and approves contractor deliverables and invoices for completed work. Evaluates remedial alternatives and participates in the selection of the alternative most consistent with NCP, CERCLA, and State regulations and initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Manages assigned Waste Site Cleanup and Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program Service contracts and performs all necessary contract management.  Maintains and updates contract management documentation for assigned contracts and resolves contractual issues.  Manages EPA-FDEP cooperative federal-state contracts as necessary.
  • Responds to information requests. 
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary by the Environmental Manager.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in one or more of the following disciplines: geology, geophysical investigations, well drilling, hydrology, environmental chemistry, toxicology, risk assessment, ecology, biology, environmental studies.
  • Knowledge of Florida’s geology and hydrogeology.
  • Knowledge of relevant EPA and DEP rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of state contracting policies and procedures. 
  • Skill in evaluating, analyzing and interpreting comprehensive scientific/technical data.
  • Skill in writing technical comment letters effectively, concisely and in a well-organized manner.
  • Skill in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Adobe Acrobat and other general office software.
  • Skill in public speaking and presentations.
  • Ability to productively manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines.
  • Ability to organize workload and manage time efficiently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to work with the public in a professional, tactful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to travel for field work, training and conferences.
  • Ability to enter Hazardous Waste Sites.    
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and travel.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, environmental science or one of the natural sciences.  
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • OSHA Certification or the ability to complete training for the certification within six months of hire.
  • One year of related professional experience or an advanced professional degree in a related field can substitute for year of experience.

 

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_Recruitment@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