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ops environmental specialist III - 37950027

Date:  Jun 20, 2022


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Requisition No: 634378 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ops environmental specialist III - 37950027

Position Number: 37950027 

Salary:  $19.69/hour 

Posting Closing Date: 07/05/2022 

Other Personnel Services (OPS)


State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Position #37950027


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 OPS position serves as one of two Field Compliance Coordinators for the Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration (OWPER). The position is located in West Palm Beach at 3301 Gun Club Road and will report to the OWPER Compliance Supervisor in Tallahassee. The primary responsibilities of this position are the inspection of large scale environmental protection and enhancement civil works projects associated with Everglades Restoration efforts, in accordance with Chapters 403, 404, and 373, Florida Statutes, and all Chapters in Florida Administrative Codes used to implement the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program (NEEPP), and the Everglades Forever Act (EFA), including those administered by the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination Program (SLERC) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of south Florida ecology, environmental restoration efforts and relevant field experience. The position will provide compliance assistance during planning, permitting, construction, and operation and must build strong working relationships with interagency compliance staff, construction site managers, and related personnel. Additionally, the incumbent may have an opportunity to support/assist team staff with State 404 wetland evaluations and obtain Certified Wetland Evaluation training. Field days may be lengthy and require driving long distances, and working independently in remote, rural, and outdoor locations in south Florida. There are zero (0) positions under the leadership of this position.


The Difference You Will Make:

This position will evaluate potential environmental impacts and effects on water quality and surrounding ecosystems which result from Everglades Restoration construction and operations of large-scale civil works projects including reservoirs, impoundments, stormwater treatment areas, and engineering features designed to restore a more natural distribution of water flow, and changes to the existing regional surface water management system of canals and flood control structures. 

The OWPER plays a key role in carrying out the largest environmental restoration project in the world — restoring the natural treasure of America’s Everglades. Our office ensures effective implementation of DEP’s policy, programmatic, technical and regulatory responsibilities under the Everglades Forever Act, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program, and related efforts including Kissimmee River Restoration, Critical Projects Program, Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Program, and Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park.

Restoration initiatives are focused on improving water quality and restoring the hydrology and ecology of the Everglades ecosystem — stretching from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Lake Okeechobee, through the remaining Everglades and on to the waters of the Florida Bay — an area covering 18,000 square miles.


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:

  • The city of West Palm Beach is roughly between the size of Hartford, Connecticut (124,775) and Santa Barbara, California (88,410).
  • The culture of public (and often free) public events is a big one in West Palm Beach. One of the most popular is Clematis by Night, which the city’s official website calls “a Thursday night tradition”.
  • It’s close to major cities and it would not be wrong to think of West Palm Beach as a bridge to other, bigger environs. Fort Lauderdale is only an hour away; Miami is an hour and a half, and Key Largo is two. Orlando is the biggest excursion, at a whopping two-and-a-half-hour distance.
  • West Palm Beach’s close proximity to the waterfront means it has a near-endless collection of beaches. Specifically, WPB is allotted about 47 miles of the Atlantic coastline, which has numerous beaches available for public use. 
  • It has an accessible airport.
  • It’s the golf capital of the world. The headquarters of the PGA makes its home in West Palm Beach, and as such there are numerous tournaments and events held year-round. More important to people who want to actually get a few rounds in, the city has the most courses in any county in Florida! 
  • No state income tax for residents of Florida


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 OPS employee benefits including:

Health Insurance Benefits: OPS/Variable hour employees are eligible for health insurance if:

  • At the point of hire, they are reasonably expected to work 30 hours or more per week on average.
  • At the end of their 12-month new hire measurement period, their hours worked averaged 30 hours or more per week.
  • At the end of the 12-month open enrollment measurement period, their hours worked averaged 30 hours or more per week.

OPS/variable hour employees who work less than 30 hours per week on average over the defined measurement period are not eligible for coverage.

Basic Life Insurance: OPS/Variable hour employees who work an average of 30 hours or more each week over the defined measurement period may enroll in the $25,000 basic life insurance plan and pay the entire monthly premium. OPS employees are not eligible for optional term life insurance.


Dependent Spouse and Child Life Insurance: OPS/Variable hour employees enrolled in basic life insurance are eligible to enroll their legal spouse and dependent children in dependent spouse life insurance and dependent child life insurance, respectively.


Supplemental Plans: You can participate in the following supplemental plans by paying the full premium on a pretax basis.

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Accident
  • Cancer
  • Disability
  • Hospital Intensive Care
  • Hospitalization


Savings and Spending Accounts: OPS/Variable hour employees who are eligible for health insurance can also enroll in:

  • Flexible spending accounts:
  • Healthcare FSA
  • Limited purpose FSA
  • Dependent care FSA
  • Health savings account


$19.69 hourly


Your Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, schedule, and conduct field inspections for the Greater Everglades Restoration Projects; assign compliance status, provide written reports, recommendations, and/or corrective actions.
  • Provide compliance assistance while in the field as well as during partnering, pre-construction and weekly construction meetings; ensure consistency with regulatory criteria and project objectives (EFA, CERPRA, NEEPP, ERP) throughout project construction and operation.
  • Maintain list of active construction projects and track project status, including start and completion dates, progress, and outstanding compliance deliverables, through utilizing the section’s Microsoft Access database, file maintenance and coordination with supervisor. 
  • Maintain a photo record of construction progress for each project.
  • Provide construction project updates in team meetings and as needed to supervisor, team members and leadership.
  • Reviews and processes various permitting and compliance requests, including but not limited to, turbidity control plans & reports, BMP/EPP plans, dewatering plans, annual reports, Water Quality monitoring reports, toxicity reports, levee and structure inspections, spill notifications, blasting notifications, wildlife surveys, wetland restoration plans & reports, waste clean-up reports and other information as specified by supervisor.      
  • Support Section efforts to carry out the policies and objectives set forth by the Department and the OWPER.
  • Other duties as required.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand the rules, regulations, policies and procedures relevant to the responsibilities of the OWPER. 
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of professionals.
  • Self-directed preparation and study, effective and efficient time management, high level emotional intelligence, flexibility, hardiness, aptitude for continued learning, and dedication to superior written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to endure lengthy days in the field, drive long distances and work independently in remote locations, in varying weather conditions.
  • Commitment to adhering to safety guidelines and use of personal protective gear.
  • The ability to manage a flexible work schedule independently and efficiently to facilitate the job duties of this position.
  • Operate four-wheel drive vehicles off-road and in remote locations alone.
  • The ability to develop reports regarding project progress and compliance status.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated resourcefulness.
  • The ability to analyze and interpret scientific and technical data.
  • The ability to work individually and with others in a team setting with minimal supervision. 
  • The ability to determine work priorities and ensure timely completion of high-quality work assignments associated with a complex workload. 
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to diverse audiences. 
  • Ability to pass Florida Stormwater Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training.
  • The ability to maintain a State of Florida Driver’s License. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of six months experience conducting field and environmental work.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Driver’s License.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate relevant work experience.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami