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Date:  Dec 6, 2022

VENICE, FL, US, 34293

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify Website.

Requisition No: 740784 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 64035562 1

Position Number: 64035562 

Salary:  $41,221.70 - $44,519.00 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 12/11/2022 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Your Specific Responsibilities:

The Florida Department of Health is seeking a talented, motivated, and dedicated person to support Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) permitting in Sarasota County.


The Environmental Specialist supports the operation of the Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) permitting program in Sarasota County. This position ensures the OSTDS program functions following established state statutes, administrative code rules, local ordinances, and policies while providing effective leadership and outstanding client services.

  • Inspects new, repaired, and modified OSTDS installations to ensure compliance with applicable statutes, rules, and ordinances. Performs site and soil evaluations, reviews construction plans, and approves or denies the issuance of construction permits per Florida Statute 381.0065, Florida Administrative Code Chapter 62-6, and Sarasota County Ordinance Section 54 Article VIII. Physically able to lift 60 pounds and conduct soil borings to a depth of six feet using a bucket auger.
  • Provides excellent client and customer services to homeowners, contractors, and professional engineers regarding OSTDS permitting.
  • Conducts inspections of industrial, commercial, performance-based wastewater systems, and aerobic treatment units. Initiates enforcement activities as needed via county code enforcement and state enforcement protocol.
  • Prepares and issues legal enforcement under the applicable statute, rule, ordinance, and policy and issues corrective action orders to contractors, engineers, and property owners to ensure environmental and public health protection.
  • Provides field and staff support for all environmental health programs, including (but not limited to) potable water well construction and surveillance, mobile home parks sanitation, and nuisance complaints.
  • Obtain certification in OSTDS as required by 64E-18, FAC during the probationary period.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Computer skills including Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel, including some overnight trips
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds and conduct soil borings to a depth of six feet using a bucket auger



Minimum –

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental health, public health, environmental science, or physical or biological science
  • Current Florida driver's license, or the ability to obtain one
  • Experience working in public health programs or conducting environmental compliance and complaint investigations

Preferred –

  • Certified in the OSTDS program as required by 64E-18, FAC, or a credentialed Registered Environmental Specialist/Registered Sanitarian with the Florida Environmental Health Association or the National Environmental Health Association


Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.


Where You Will Work:

R.L. Anderson Administrative Building

4000 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34293


Incumbent will be required to travel throughout Sarasota County.


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 waiver
  • And more!


For a more complete list of benefits, visit


Please be advised:


Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: 


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.



 Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    


If there are any problems applying online, please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287.

Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. TTY users, call (866) 221-0268.

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: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Tampa