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Date:  Mar 29, 2023


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Requisition No: 749741 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGIST II - 37011387

Position Number: 37011387 

Salary:  $52,085.94 - $63,000 (Commensurate with experience) 

Posting Closing Date: 04/11/2023 


State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Waste Management

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 Professional Geologist position performs highly technical, professional work under the direction of the Environmental Administrator for the Waste Cleanup Program’s Federal Programs Section within the Division of Waste Management located in Tallahassee, Florida.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, discipline-specific knowledge, leadership skills, adaptive management knowledge and skills and be highly effective in both the team and autonomous environment.


The Difference You Will Make:

The Professional Geologist serves as a senior team member providing regulatory oversight for environmental restoration work conducted at federal facilities across Florida under state and federal regulations, including RCRA and CERCLA. This position is also instrumental at leading special projects, developing guidance and internal training, and mentoring junior team members. 


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

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$52,085.94 - $63,000 (Commensurate with experience)


Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is a highly technical, professional position that is responsible for providing technical and scientific support in the implementation of a statewide program for the assessment and remediation of Department of Defense (DOD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contamination sites.  The incumbent is required to be registered in the State of Florida as a certified Professional Geologist.  The incumbent is also required to participate in the OSHA Safety Training and maintain a valid Drivers’ License.  The duties of the position include the following:

  • Serves as Remedial Project Manager (RPM) responsible for Department of Defense (DOD) contaminated site program management for multiple DOD installations, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and for Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS).  Employee coordinates reviews and tracks assessment/cleanup operations at assigned installations and FUDS.  Employee provides written and verbal guidance to assure statewide consistency is incorporated in cleanup of sites.  As RPM, employee is empowered with decision-making authority related to work at assigned installations and FUDS.
  • Provides sole technical review of assessment and cleanup related documents, and project management review of other documents, generated by the DOD hazardous waste cleanup programs required by IRP, MMRP, CERCLA, RCRA, State law and rules.  Ensures and coordinates technical review of assessment and cleanup related documents, and project management review of other documents, generated by USACE required by CERCLA, RCRA, State law and rules.  Provides Professional Geologist certification of comments or approvals of assessment related documents as appropriate.
  • Actively participates in partnering with DOD, NASA, USACE, and/or US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, as appropriate, to enhance and improve the achievement of State and Federal requirements, along with DOD, NASA, USACE, and EPA goals and objectives.  Provides guidance and clarification about State rules and regulations, along with Department policies.  As requested, attends meetings, conferences, and/or workshops and delivers presentations as needed.
  • Provides oversight and on-scene coordination of DOD, NASA and FUDS field activities as appropriate or as requested.
  • Provides mentorship and leads training events for internal staff and external stakeholders.  Serves as subject matter expert as assigned or requested.
  • Performs special duty assignments and attends meetings at the request of supervisor.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, chemistry and Florida’s groundwater. 
  • Knowledge of site assessment techniques and methods, including monitoring well construction and sampling, especially for hazardous waste sites.
  • Knowledge of remedial action techniques and methods, especially for hazardous waste, petroleum and/or munitions sites. Knowledge of state and federal regulations for federal facilities. 
  • Skilled in project management. Skilled in effective meeting management and consensus decision making.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to evaluate comprehensive technical documents. 
  • Ability to write effectively, in a well-organized, and understandable manner. 
  • Ability to communicate orally in a clear and effective manner. 
  • Ability to maintain a valid Driver’s License and travel for meetings and fieldwork oversight


Minimum Qualifications: (These MUST match the Position Description EXACTLY.)

  • State of Florida Licensed Professional Geologist. 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, environmental science, or one of the natural sciences.
  • A valid driver’s license. 
  • OSHA Certification or the ability to complete training for certification within 6 months of hiring.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred – Experience with environmental investigation and restoration at federal facilities under CERCLA, RCRA and state regulations.  Experience with formal partnering principles and practices. Experience with environmental investigation and/or restoration at hazardous waste, petroleum, munitions, radiological waste, and PFAS sites.


Contact Information:

Jennifer Farrell, Program Administrator

Waste Cleanup Program


Phone: 850-245-8937


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:

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