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Program Attorney

Date: Nov 5, 2020

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 261222 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: Program Attorney

Position Number: 37002116 

Salary:  the salary will commensurate experience 

Posting Closing Date: 11/27/2020 

The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (Department) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is hiring a program attorney. The program attorney would likely advise the Department’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) and six District offices on one or a combination of  program areas including, but not limited to, solid waste, RCRA, CERCLA, dry cleaning, petroleum restoration, storage tanks, emergency response, site investigation, waste cleanup, federal facilities, or brownfields. Legal work associated with the program areas, includes, but is not limited to, statutory and rule interpretation, rulemaking through adoption of new or revising existing Department rules, conducting legislative analysis, reviewing site access agreements, permits, and contract scopes of work, and assisting the Department’s litigation attorneys regarding the program.


The program attorney would also work with the property owners to effectively implement engineering controls through declarations of restrictive covenants or other institutional controls (collectively referred to as ICs) to eliminate or minimize exposure to and spread of soil and groundwater contamination to achieve a closure order from the Department pursuant to Florida’s Risk Based Corrective Action statute and rule. This IC work requires reviewing title work.


The program attorney would regularly communicate the Department’s position on a variety of projects and proposals with outside counsel, local governments, other state agencies and federal partners, including, but not limited to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense. The program attorney must become knowledgeable about the DWM programs and become familiar with Florida’s public records, ethics, and open meeting laws, Administrative Procedures Act, and have general knowledge of the Department’s statutory directives.


The successful applicant will have solid academic credentials, strong writing skills, excellent communication and critical thinking skills, an ability to work independently and with groups, and have positive attitude. Applicants with environmental experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants with experience in real property law, particularly with recording instruments, subordination, Florida’s Marketable Record Title Act, and covenants for homeowner’s associations are encouraged to apply.


To apply, complete an online application through the State of Florida website. Please attach a cover letter highlighting any relevant legal experience, along with your resume, and writing sample. Please include anything else you believe would assist the hiring committee. Salary commensurate with experience


Thank you for your interest in the Department’s OGC.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee