Date:  May 8, 2024


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Requisition No: 808164 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: OPS ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37937013 1 1 1 1

Position Number: 37937013 

Salary:  $18.00/hr 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2024 




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:

DEP’s Division of Water Resource Management is seeking individual(s) to work as an OPS Environmental Specialist (ES) I. The OPS ES I position(s) are both full time (40 hours) and part-time (no more than 28 hours) temporary position(s) working through June 30, 2024. These positions are within the Compliance Assurance Program responsible for Wastewater and/or Stormwater Program compliance assistance and inspection activities.


The Difference You Will Make:

Our culture consists of creating connections, working together effectively, and celebrating our successes while leaving a legacy of Protecting Florida Together.


Program Overview:

Assist with duties related to the administration of the compliance and enforcement activities within the State’s Water Programs. The primary duties include providing assistance with compliance activities, compliance evaluation inspections, assistance with drafting appropriate compliance and enforcement documents, and assistance with enforcement case management from discovery of violation to resolution.


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:

These positions are 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, outdoor concerts and this season a 35-foot-tall holiday sandcastle.  Dozens of local beaches provide easy access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. It is also a sports enthusiast haven as the Spring Training home of the World Series Champion Washington Nationals (2019) and Houston Astros (2017 & 2022) baseball teams. Several State and National Parks are in the immediate vicinity.


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s benefits package for eligible OPS employees include:




Specific Duties of the Position:

These are entry level OPS environmental specialist positions. Multiple OPS positions may be filled through this advertisement for ES I level work supporting enhanced data accountability and transparency 

through timely and accurate data entry, preparation of inspection reports, performance of quality assurance (QA), database updates, and other tasks that directly support essential programs including but not limited to Wastewater Management; Engineering, Hydrology, and Geology; Water Compliance and Enforcement; NDPES Stormwater;  GIS; and Drinking Water. OPS position(s) will be assigned to the Division of Water Resource Management’s Tallahassee headquarters office.

These positions also may coordinate with the other sections and program areas in the Department in pursuit of the overall mission.  Performs other duties as assigned. 


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSAs): 

  • Accurate and timely entry of required data and system information into agency databases and Oculus.
  • Draft basic compliance and enforcement documents.
  • Provide outreach and compliance assistance to owners/operators as needed.
  • Perform site inspections of regulated facilities to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Review facility monitoring reports for compliance with permit conditions.
  • Prepare inspection reports.
  • Perform laboratory certifications and calibrations on support equipment.
  • Investigate complaints and prepare reports, legal notices, and other documents.
  • Maintain and update data systems utilized for program management.
  • Assist in the development of grant applications and work plans.
  • Review permit applications: identify environmental impacts associated with proposed activities; assist in the resolution of environmental issues; draft proposed agency action.
  • Evaluate laboratory tests and recommend corrective action.
  • Conduct water quality monitoring.
  • Perform related work as required
  • Skilled at planning, organizing, and coordinating work priorities and managing time efficiently
  • Skilled in the use of current forms of electronic communication and data management software and equipment
  • Skilled in the use of current personal computers and applications, particularly the entire Microsoft Office Suite
  • Skilled in typing reports and information into spreadsheets and electronic documents
  • Ability to consistently demonstrate positive and effective teamwork
  • Ability to exercise sound independent judgment and utilize problem-solving techniques
  • Ability to demonstrate professional and effective written and verbal communication
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to assigned projects

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • A valid driver license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university OR an associate degree


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 individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. 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