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Date: Feb 8, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 29727 

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37001795 

Salary:  $34,501.48 to $40,000 annually (Hiring rate will generally not exceed the salary maximum.) 

Posting Closing Date: 02/22/2018 






LOCATION:   Office of Greenways and Trails

                     3900 Commonwealth Blvd., M.S. 795

                     Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000





POSITION DESCRIPTION: This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic individual to join the team that is working to establish the Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS). This position is with the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT), a program that helped lead Florida to national recognition as Best Trails State in America in 2008.  OGT is within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Division of Recreation and Parks which has also earned Florida State Parks three National Gold Medal Awards. 


The candidate selected for this position will help to implement the FGTS Plan by conducting the following: assist with the identification, prioritization and gap analysis of trails and greenways; coordinate with communities, transportation planning organizations, agencies, non-profits, private landowners, developers and citizen groups to advance FGTS Plan goals, objectives and strategies; communicate the economic, health, transportation, recreation and conservation benefits of the FGTS in writing and through presentations; provide technical assistance and information to communities, organizations, developers and others that are planning and establishing trails and greenways; assist with the coordination of meetings, workshops and events, and represent FDEP, the Division of Recreation and Parks, and the Office of Greenways and Trails; and assist with site inspections and compliance reviews for trails and greenways acquisition projects funded through OGT.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Facilitates the completion of the Florida Greenways and Trails System in a given region of the state. Seeks out information on community, city, county and other entities trail efforts to ensure accuracy in cross-jurisdiction planning efforts. Provides advanced technical assistance to local communities in the planning, funding, acquisition, design, construction, operation, maintenance and designation of greenways and trails. This includes: working with local, state and federal governments, non-profit organizations, private landowners, developers, and citizens; coordination of meetings and serving as OGT’s representative at public meetings; coordinating public participation in greenways and trails projects; providing information and making public presentations on the services offered by OGT and promoting the benefits of greenways and trails and specific projects; serving as lead coordinator for forums, workshops and presentations that promote OGT’s mission; and providing assistance, when appropriate, with press releases, news articles and other related documents.  Will provide training and advanced support as necessary to other program staff regarding the above issues.


Leads regional trail coalitions, teams and other groups in planning efforts for trails spanning a large portion of the state. This includes priority trails identified within the Florida Greenways and Trails System. Plans meetings, organizes technical documents, researches cross jurisdictional issues, and provides answers to requests for information or relates request to the appropriate agency.


Provides advanced regional coordination of trail and greenway acquisitions to be funded under OGT’s portion of Florida Forever which encompasses: proactive pursuit of acquisitions that fall within the opportunity corridors and close important gaps or make significant connections; assisting communities and project sponsors with the eligibility and application process; and supporting the OGT Acquisition Coordinator throughout staff evaluation, Florida Greenways and Trails Council review, acquisition project negotiation, Cabinet review and acquisition project closing.


Provides advanced assistance to OGT’s GIS/Technical Section to: coordinate the collection of current and accurate trails data from local governments and other sources; disseminate information about OGT’s Trail Data Standards and methods for collecting data; collect information and contacts for the development of trails to be included in the Online Florida Greenways and Trails Guide; and facilitate designations of projects as part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.


Carries out special assignments and performs related duties as assigned, especially functions related to bureau logistics. This may include assignments related to planning internal meetings, technological support, and other functions as necessary. Travel may be required.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION: Knowledge of and ability to: proficiently use computer software applications, particularly Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Knowledge of: data collection and analysis principles and procedures; urban and regional planning; geographic information systems (GIS). Skill in: public speaking, writing, and program presentation. Ability to: collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret scientific or technical data; prepare technical reports; understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to environmental programs; deal with the public in a tactful and courteous manner; work independently; plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally; safely operate a state vehicle; maintain a valid driver’s license; travel; utilize problem solving techniques.


PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES FOR THE POSITION: Knowledge of: greenways and trails acquisition, planning and development, urban and regional planning, transportation planning, outdoor recreation planning, tourism, conservation planning and/or geographic information systems. Experience with: coordinating projects and activities involving multiple partners and interests; maintaining effective working partnerships to achieve goals.


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.  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