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Date:  Jun 7, 2022


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Requisition No: 547681 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENGINEERING SPECIALIST I - 37010410

Position Number: 37010410 

Salary:  $43,176.04 

Posting Closing Date: 07/13/2022 





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 is an entry level Engineering Specialist I position located at the Department of Environmental Protection's Southeast District Office, in West Palm Beach.


There is a need in the following areas:  Air, Compliance Assurance Program (CAP) and/or Permitting/Waste Cleanup Programs, Environmental Resource Permitting/State 404 Program (ERP/404), NPDES Stormwater, Solid Waste,  Underground Injection Control, and Waste Cleanup. Depending on the candidates qualifications and interest, any of the above programs can be considered.



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:

This position is located in West Palm Beach Florida. West Palm Beach is Palm Beach County's capital city and its cultural center. Its active downtown stretches from a scenic pier on the Lake Worth Lagoon to a waterfront Great Lawn, which hosts a weekly green market and outdoor concerts.  Dozens of local beaches provide easy access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway.  Several State Parks as well as National Parks are in the immediate area as well.


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!

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Your Specific Responsibilities:

There is a need in multiple programs that include Air, Drinking Water, Environmental Resource Permitting/State 404 Program (ERP/404), NPDES Stormwater, Solid Waste, Underground Injection Control, and Waste Cleanup permitting.

Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and interest, one of the below program areas can be considered for employment:



Conducts inspections, site visits, and/or other required field work.  Reviews permitting files, reports and other documents applicable to the inspection, conducts calculations and technical evaluations necessary to determine the compliance status of a facility. 



Drinking Water

 Technical review of permit applications for the construction and operation of public drinking water supply, treatment and distribution facilities.  Reviews completion and issues clearances for operation of these facilities.


Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP)/404

Processing of ERP and 404 permit applications occurring in multiple habitats of South Florida, including marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial wetland systems.  Processing of sovereign submerged lands authorizations including BOT delegated and non-delegated leases and easements. 

Conducting pre-application meetings and participating in informal conferences and meetings to provide guidance on regulatory requirements applicable to environmental resource projects.


Solid Waste

Conducts CESQG’s and SQC inspections. Drafts inspection reports, technical documents and other evidence to ensure adequacy to support enforcement actions.  drafts Non-Compliance Letters, Warning Letters, Notices of Violation, Consent Orders, Case Reports, Penalty Authorizations and request for civil suits etc. based upon inspection findings, laboratory analyses and other data.


Underground Injection Control 

Processes UIC construction, operation, and abandonment permit applications; prepare permits, denials, and related correspondence.  Communicates with applicants, consultants, EPA, and other government agencies to obtain information needed to complete evaluations and coordinate activities of the UIC permitting program.



Processes Industrial Wastewater Permit applications for dewatering operations, Domestic Wastewater Permit and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) applications for dewatering, collection systems and other types of permit application  as assigned.  Work includes engineering review of applications, certification of permits, coordination with other agencies or Department personnel; consultation with applicant’s engineers and drafting of final permit with applicable conditions and attachments for review.

Waste Cleanup

Coordinates activities with the Waste Cleanup/Technical Assistance Section within the Waste Management Program. Ensures Waste Cleanup goals and objectives are accomplished and provides groundwater/hydrogeological reviews and technical assistance to other Waste Programs. Conducts technical review of waste cleanup projects as they relate to the Waste Management Programs and recommends final agency action. Also conducts the technical review of monitoring data, compliance and enforcement activities within the Brownfields/Tanks program areas.


Consults with responsible parties and their engineers and hydrogeologists regarding Department’s corrective action procedures for groundwater contamination site cases and advises them on State standards (per 62-780 Florida Administrative Code) guidelines and criteria for soil, surface and ground waters. Provide assistance on acceptable Department treatment requirements, reporting requirements, agency policy and procedures, forms and other environmental agency requirements.



Provides technical guidance to consulting engineers, municipal officials, and others interested in

applying for Wastewater permits.  Attends meetings, workshops and seminars with the public, the

regulated community, the Department and/or other agencies as determined necessary by supervisor.


Enters and updates the Department’s data management systems during/after review of applications, monitoring reports, inspections, or enforcement action.


Assists with compliance/enforcement activities as deemed necessary by supervisor. Works with compliance/enforcement staff by making on-site inspections of major facilities; provides

technical assistance during preparation of compliance/enforcement documents; and, participates in

compliance/enforcement meetings and follow-up to resolve complaints and achieve compliance as determined necessary. 


Performs related work as required. Responsible for proper use and care of state-owned

property assigned to position including state vehicles and equipment. 



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of planning, design, construction and operation of wastewater management systems as determined by the application review and/or interview.
  • Knowledge of the principles of sampling design, and sampling procedures.
  • Ability to collect, record and analyze scientific data.
  • Ability to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of scientific data.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to determine work priorities and ensure completion of work assignments.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally in person, over the phone, and in writing.
  • Ability to use personal computers and spreadsheet programs. Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking when making decisions.
  • Ability to track and coordinate multiple projects.
  • Ability to be adaptable, flexible, resourceful and to maintain a positive outlook.
  • Ability to drive and travel, including some overnight.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Class E Florida driver’s license and travel.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver License.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s  degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a natural science or engineering.
  •  At least 1 year or more of professional 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.

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: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami