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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37010260 - Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Date: Jan 25, 2022

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399-2400

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Requisition No: 515601 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37010260 - Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37010260 

Salary:  $3,412.35 monthly (base) 

Posting Closing Date: 02/08/2022 



State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Previous Applicants will be considered – no need to reapply



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 Environmental Specialist III, position number 37010260, is in the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration’s Water Quality Standards Program, Standards and Development Section in Tallahassee and will be responsible for planning, developing, evaluating, and coordinating changes to standards for surface water quality, providing information to stakeholders about the applicable water quality standards and classifications, and reviewing requests for standards changes and other technical water quality-related submittals.


Your Specific Responsibilities:

As an Environmental Specialist III in the Standards Development Section, this employee will be responsible for planning, developing, evaluating, and coordinating changes to surface water quality standards. Duties include review of State water quality standards, as required by the Clean Water Act, providing information to stakeholders about the applicable water quality standards and classifications, and reviewing requests for standards changes and other technical water quality-related information.


Participate and work effectively as a leader, facilitator, or member of Division, Program or Section approved teams. Teams will be created as needed to facilitate completion of tasks related to Division priorities, improve the effectiveness of the operation of the section or Program, or to resolve process or work problems.


Provide advice and assistance on water quality standards to other staff of the Department and the public on water quality standards. Assist in intra-Program coordinated projects requiring section expertise, as assigned by supervisor.


Provide scientific review, statistical evaluation, and interpretation of biological and chemical environmental data and of environmental reports in support of Section, Program, and Division projects.


Functions as a Department-wide expert on a variety of environmental issues for the purpose of recommending defensible environmental decisions. Provides technical input on water quality standards-related rule development and implementation.


Review and provide comments on petitions or requests for site specific standards changes, including site specific alternatives criteria, Level II WQBELs, reclassifications, and Outstanding Florida Waters designations.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to interpret and apply water quality standards and environmental regulations. 
  2. Educational background related to environmental, biological, physical, or health sciences.
  3. Ability to prepare technical reports.
  4. Ability to evaluate, analyze and interpret biological and water quality data to help make regulatory decisions.
  5. Knowledge and skill in the use of computers and software programs utilized for word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.
  6. Ability to effectively represent the Department at public meetings and outreach events in a tactful and courteous manner.
  7. Ability to work independently with minimum supervision or  as part of a team as required to achieve specified goals.
  8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  9. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  10. Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and travel.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in one of the following fields: Environmental, Biological, Physical, or Health Sciences
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Travel


Preferred Qualifications:

11. Experience with ESRI GIS, and web mapping applications.

12. Experience using statistical software and spreadsheet applications to conduct water quality data analyses.

13. Possess excellent organization and coordination skills.

14. Knowledge of Florida’s environmental regulations including the surface water quality standards in Chapter 62-302, F.A.C.



$3,412.35 monthly (base)


Contact Information:

Kaitlyn Sutton, Environmental Administrator



The Difference You Will Make:

Water and natural resources are the foundation of Florida's communities, economy, and way of life. The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (DEAR) is charged with protecting, maintaining, and improving the quality of Florida’s springs, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters.  DEAR team members provide the department and other resource agencies with the highest quality laboratory services available; provide technical support to the department and the public regarding water quality analysis and data quality assurance (QA); manage water quality data repositories for data storage and use by the department, other agencies and the public; and work together to monitor and assess Florida’s surface water and groundwater quality, develop strategies to reduce pollution, and work closely with local stakeholders to implement comprehensive restoration strategies that improve the lives of all Floridians and preserve aquatic resources 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 (Leon County), Florida. The city hosts the Capital of Florida and seat of state government. The city is home to numerous parks offering outdoor activities, league sports and natural trails for running, hiking and biking. Tallahassee is located just 22 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, which is home to some of the world's top beaches. Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and several smaller colleges in the region offer a hub for academic research, athletics, art, music and other student activities.


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;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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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:


Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference (VP) must upload supporting (VP) document/s with the application in People First when applying.



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.