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Date:  Jan 8, 2023


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Requisition No: 757741 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGIST II - 37020169 1

Position Number: 37020169 

Salary:  $52,085.94 - $63,000.00 (commensurate with experience) 

Posting Closing Date: 02/06/2023 


State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Waste Management

Open Competitive – Career Service Opportunity


Qualified Applicants are Encouraged to Apply!

          Previous Applicants Need Not 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:

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 Professional Geologist II works as a 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. In addition to contract and project management duties, the Professional Geologist II works with and assists the Section’s lead P.G. reviewing and approving site assessment documents.


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!

For a more complete list of benefits, visit



$52,085.94 - $63,000.00 (commensurate with experience)


Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is a highly responsible, technical position, requiring knowledge and experience in 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.  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. Works independently and advises the Environmental Manager and Administrator regarding environmental aspects of hazardous waste cleanup projects throughout the state.


Manages the performance of all phases of site rehabilitation activities for numerous state-funded hazardous waste site cleanup, superfund, and drycleaning rehabilitation projects, contracting out work as necessary.  Prepares site-specific scopes of work and cost estimates and negotiates these elements with section’s contractors.  Manages contractors working on assigned projects, including on-site inspections, recommendations for corrective actions, and review of invoices and change orders. Management of all phases of remedial action activities for assigned projects.


Provides professional geology document review support to other section site managers and the Section’s lead P.G.  Performs critical and professionally accurate reviews of work plans, site assessment, designs, monitoring, and bid documents for assigned projects, as well as coordination of document reviews with other sections and agencies. Reviews and approves contractor deliverables 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 multiple assigned Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup and Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program Service contracts and performs all necessary contract management aspects of these contracts with limited supervision. Maintains and updates all contract management documentation for assigned contracts, negotiates and resolves contractual issues.


Tracks all hazardous waste manifests for the Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program and State-lead cleanup sites and provides the biennial waste report.  Provides training on proper waste management and disposal practices for the Program.  Provides geological review as needed. 


Responds to information requests.  Advises and represents the Environmental Administrator, as needed.  Assists Environmental Administrator and Environmental Manager in training and supervision of other project managers.  Performs other duties as deemed necessary. 


Assists the Environmental Administrator and Environmental Manager in all aspects of the daily operations of the Dry-cleaning Solvent Cleanup Program and State Lead cleanup sites.


Note: This position requires the incumbent to represent the Department as the Responsible Party.  The incumbent will be required to successfully complete and maintain certification in OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response under 29 CFR 1910.120.


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 proofreading and editing documents for technical accuracy, spelling and grammar. X
  • Skill in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Adobe Acrobat and other general office software.
  • Skill in proofreading and editing documents for technical accuracy, spelling and grammar.
  • Travel. 
  • Ability to maintain a valid Driver’s License. 
  • Ability to enter hazardous waste sites.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical issues both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.  Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, environmental science, or one of the natural sciences.
  • Must have a current State of Florida Professional Geologist License.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.
  • OSHA Safety Training or ability to complete within 6 months of employment.


Contact Information:

Aaron Cohen – Environmental Manager - SES


Phone:  850-245-8974



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