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Date:  Sep 9, 2022


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Requisition No: 691421 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: SYSTEMS PROGRAMMER II - 37011274 1 1

Position Number: 37011274 

Salary:  $ 43,151.19 - $45,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/31/2022 



Systems Programmer II


State of Florida


Department of Environmental Protection




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 advance Florida’s position as a world leader in protecting natural resources while growing the state’s economy.



The Work You Will Do:


DEP's Office of Technology and Information Services (OTIS) is currently recruiting for a Systems Programmer II.  This position is responsible for technical support in the design, installation, and operation of Linux server operating systems in an enterprise environment.  This position will provide Linux/Middle Tier support for multiple aspects of application infrastructure, including hardware and virtualization, maintaining desired server state, and troubleshooting problems.  The incumbent must be available to work after normal work hours, weekends and holidays, as needed.




How You Will Grow:


DEP encourages its employees 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. OTIS has an extensive training program, including courses and certifications, that provides staff with the ability to build upon existing skills and remain current on information technologies.  Examples of certifications you could earn include, but are not limited to:


  • CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+
  • Cisco CCNA, CISSP
  • PMP®; ScrumMaster
  • GISP® (Certified GIS Professional)
  • Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer, Azure Solutions Architect
  • Oracle Certified Professional
  • Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM)
  • Florida Certified Contract Negotiator (FCCN)



What Makes Us Different:


  • DEP relies heavily on science and technology in order to meet its mission and continually advances modern methods, platforms and innovations for this purpose. Examples at DEP include an application architecture leveraging Azure Kubernetes, a cloud-based server infrastructure, an industry leading data analytics platform, and an advanced security management solution.
  • DEP also serves as the state’s lead agency for Geographic Information Systems and hosts a top-tier suite of geospatial sciences technologies.
  • DEP employees receive free entrance to the 176 award-winning Florida State Parks.



Where You Will Work:


This position is in Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee. Some of the advantages of working in Tallahassee include:


  • Home to major college campuses, Florida State University (FSU), and Florida A&M University (FAMU) as well as Tallahassee Community College (TCC).
  • Close proximity to local beaches (22 miles); local, state and federal parks; rolling hills and beautiful canopy roads.
  • No state income tax for residents of Florida.


This is an on-site position.



The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:


Working for the state of Florida is more than just a paycheck. The benefits package provided by the state is a significant portion of an employee’s total compensation package. In addition to your salary, this includes the value of your leave package as well as the state’s contributions toward your insurance and retirement.


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
  • Administrative leave (bereavement, jury duty, office closures, etc.)
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options
  • Low co-pays for prescription drugs
  • Shared Savings Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition waivers
  • Mentoring
  • Microsoft subscription
  • Wireless discounts
  • Rental car discounts
  • And more!


For a more complete list of benefits, visit



Pay: $43,151.19 - $45,000.00



Your Specific Responsibilities:


Specific duties and responsibilities include:


  • Design, configure, tune, document and manage the operations of Linux-based operating system servers of the agency. Advise management on new or improved technologies and practices. Perform studies and evaluate new or enhanced information technology products. Provide support of system software through diagnosis of problems and implementation of changes to resolve problems and maintain software at the most current level. Oversee the operation of the systems to ensure the data is good and backups are performed correctly.


  • Coordinate with the security officer to protect the data of the agency. Help the agency continue to improve security practices and maintain best practices. Design, configure, document, and manage monitoring of application infrastructure. Research and offer suggestions on furthering automation of tasks.


  • Demonstrate strong relationship and interpersonal skills in working with program staff and vendor community. Effectively communicate with system management and networking teams to maintain coordinated infrastructure configuration. Support application development and effectively communicate application deployments. Consistently support the department goal of reducing team silos.


  • Employee is expected to identify and meet the needs of customers in order to provide excellent customer service. Employee should be helpful, cooperative, polite, respectful and concerned at all times in the interactions with customers when representing the Department or the State. This position serves as a customer service representative on behalf of this division when interacting with customers through all communication media, as well as when responding to incident/request service desk services.


  • Provide assistance and fully support the efforts of the agency’s Information Technology Strategic Plan. Maintain a working knowledge of established policies, procedures, and directives necessary to accomplish assignments and responsibilities. Contribute to team documentation supporting assigned functions, duties and responsibilities which provide opportunity for knowledge transfer. Must be able to write for technical and non-technical audiences. Display consistent progress in learining new skills, technologies, and/or standards.


  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Attendance is an essential function of the position.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of command line and scripting languages such as PowerShell, bash, shell scripts, yaml
  • Knowledge of Linux systems
  • Knowledge of Cloud Infrastructure Technologies
  • Knowledge of Infrastructure as Code technologies such as Terraform and Ansible
  • Knowledge of container technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes
  • Ability to process information logically and solve problems
  • Ability to find, understand, and share information relevant to troubleshooting and project research
  • Ability to analyze, troubleshoot distributed systems
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbal and written information
  • Basic familiarity with application programming and database concepts
  • Basic familiarity with networking, DNS, and Active Directory concepts
  • Ability to work after hours, weekends and holidays, as needed
  • Ability to maintain a valid drivers’ license
  • Ability to travel, as needed
  • Ability to work independently, but also ask questions when appropriate
  • Ability to provide thoughtful input during team meetings based on experience and research



Minimum Qualifications:


  • All positions within OTIS are considered to be positions of trust in accordance with Sections 110.1127 and 425.04, Florida Statutes.  The recommended applicant will be required to submit to a background and fingerprint check.
  • The recommended applicant must have a valid driver's license.



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