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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37001793

Date:  Aug 11, 2022
Location: 

TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399


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Requisition No: 669222 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37001793

Position Number: 37001793 

Salary:  $40,948.18 - $46,500.00 

Posting Closing Date: 08/23/2022 

Environmental Specialist III - 37001793

State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

 

Open Competitive – All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply!!

 

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 Environmental Specialist position performs technical assistance for Formal Wetland Determinizations, delineations of the Waters of the U.S., and functional wetland assessment in Florida in the Division of Water Resource Management’s Mining and Mitigation Program.  This position includes field work and overnight travel.

 

The Mining and Mitigation Program is responsible for the administration of mine reclamation, environmental resource permitting, and State 404 permitting programs, as authorized by Chapters 211, Part II, 373, Part IV, and 378 Florida Statutes, and set forth in Title 62, Florida Administrative Code. These rules address the reclamation, environmental resource permitting, and State 404 permitting on lands disturbed by the extraction of mineral resources, such as phosphate, limestone, dolomite, shell, heavy minerals, fuller’s earth, clay, gravel, peat, and sand, and the direct participation of other agencies in the regulatory process.

 

The Difference You Will Make:

Help protect Florida’s unique environment by ensuring that proposed mining operations are designed to protect water and wildlife resources; review and inspect existing mining operations to ensure that they are conducted in compliance with Florida environmental regulations and that mines are reclaimed after mining is complete.

 

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, Florida’s Capital 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.  Boasting proximity to the coast and centrally located to popular tourist destinations, 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.  Also, with no state income tax, Florida is a great place to work regardless of where you find yourself on the career ladder. 

 

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:

Annual Salary: $ 40,948.18 - $46,500.00 

 

Your Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical assistance for Formal Wetland Determinations prepared pursuant to Section 373.421, F.S. using Rule 62-340, F.A.C., and delineations for Waters of the U.S. related to the State 404 Program, on projects as assigned. The assistance includes project management, technical writing, reports and knowledge in the fields of wetland soils, hydric soil identification/delineation, soil terminology, soil mapping, soil taxonomy, soil documentation, plant identification, plant community delineation, plant ecology, plant terminology, plant ecology documentation, wetland hydrology, wetland delineation, wetland functional assessments/documentation, effects of landscape alterations and methodologies used pursuant to Chapters 62-340 and 62-345, F .A.C.
  • Provides technical writing, professional assistance, scientific documentation, and reports to the Mining and Mitigation Program in the fields of wetland soils, hydric soil identification/delineation, soil terminology, soil mapping, soil taxonomy, soil documentation, plant identification, plant community delineation, plant ecology, plant terminology, plant ecology documentation, wetland hydrology, wetland delineation, wetland functional assessments/documentation, effects of landscape alterations and methodologies used pursuant to Chapters 62-340 and 62-345, F.A.C.
  • Perform field evaluations under all types of weather conditions and traverse rough terrain.
  • Perform field evaluation of wetlands proposed to be disturbed by mining activities, construction activities and remaining natural resources.
  • Appropriately represent the Department in meetings and other forums with other agencies, the legislature, and the public.
  • Maintain strong knowledge of applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Become familiar with Florida wetland plants, hydric soils, and the utilization of hydrologic indicators to identify wetlands.
  • Provide management and other staff members with periodic plans of action and status reports, written or oral, as needed, on assigned areas of responsibility. Assist with updating and verification of applicable files, maps and data accuracy updates or assisting with the updating of files, maps or data. Maintain up-to-date files and computer tracking. Maintain data, statistics, and technology information on all assigned activities and provide to staff, the public, other governmental agencies and the professional community as requested.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Overnight travel is required. 

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of terminology, principles and analytical techniques of the physical and natural sciences including the fields of wetland soils, hydric soil identification/delineation, soil terminology, soil mapping, soil taxonomy, soil documentation, plant identification, plant community delineation, plant ecology, plant terminology, plant ecology documentation, wetland hydrology, wetland delineation, wetland functional assessments/documentation, effects of landscape alterations and methodologies used pursuant to Chapters 62-340 and 62-345, F.A.C.
  • Knowledge of the Department's regulatory programs.
  • Ability to work in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team, plan, organize, prioritize and coordinate work assignments; write technical reports and technical documentation; create maps; and set and meet work deadlines.
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout Florida and to work extended hours and endure physically demanding field inspections.
  • Ability to work effectively and well with other staff and the public.
  • Skill in GPS and other mobile technology platforms and aerial photography applications.
  • 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 and three (3) years of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or engineering; OR A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering AND two years of professional experience as described above; OR A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering; OR Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist I or higher with the State of Florida.
  • A valid driver’s license.

 

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