ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37020711

Employer
State of Florida
Location
West Palm Beach, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 28, 2021
Closes
May 09, 2021
Ref
2136847126
Sector
Government
Discipline
Permitting
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Requisition No: 362502

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37020711

Position Number: 37020711

Salary: $37,492.00

Posting Closing Date: 05/07/2021

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I

This entry level position in the Southeast District Permitting Program is primarily responsible for assisting in processing and evaluating Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) and State 404 Permitting applications pertaining to dredge and fill activities in, on, or over wetlands or surface waters; sovereignty submerged land authorizations; wetland determinations; and mangrove trimming activities. In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the Department's Standards of Conduct, as well as any and all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.

ERP

The incumbent shall process and evaluate basic to intermediate complex ERP and State 404 applications. These applications are reviewed in accordance with Chapters 403, 373, 253, 258, applicable Florida Administrative Codes (F.A.C.), the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources' Operations and Procedures Manual, Department and Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund policies, and time clocks established by statute/rule.

Job duties:
  • Scheduling and participating in pre-application meetings and site visits, providing information to applicants, agents and representatives of other governmental agencies to inform them of statutes, rules, policies and to explain the ERP permitting procedures;
  • Determines the appropriate form of regulatory authorization and the appropriate form of state lands authorization, including leases, easements, temporary use agreements, delegations of authority, and other forms of consent of use for sovereign submerged lands;
  • Reviews and evaluates complex and technical biological, ecological and water quality data submitted as part of an application to make an assessment of the ecological conditions of the proposed activity site, and the environmental impacts of the proposed activities pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes (FS). Evaluates the secondary and cumulative impacts of proposed activity.
  • Conducts site inspections to determine environmental impacts to surface waters and wetlands, water quality, and sovereign submerged lands, and prepares concise technical reports of findings.
  • Verifies and delineates the landward extent of wetlands and surface waters by the identification of vegetation, hydric soils, and hydrologic indicators in accordance with Rule 62-340, Florida Administrative Code. Utilizes GIS software, soil surveys, and historic aerial photographs to conduct wetland delineations. Studies for and obtains a Certified Wetland Evaluator certification.
  • Evaluates mitigation proposals using the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM), or other approved method.
  • Coordinates and attends meetings with representatives of state, federal and local government, organizations and private interest stake holders to minimize effects of proposed activities to the aquatic and wetland resources.
  • Review ERP applications for qualification of Federal State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP) program pursuant to an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Drafts documents for review and approval including requests for additional information; preliminary evaluation letters; exemptions; general, individual, and conceptual environmental resource permits; State 404 permits; denials; notice of intents, delegations of authority, conservation easements, formal wetland delineations, etc.
  • Represents the Department at Administrative Hearings.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
  • Knowledge of Florida Rules and Statutes
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with fundamental ecological principles, wetland terminology, mitigation principles, hydrology and various wetland community types found throughout South Florida
  • Knowledge of collecting, evaluating, analyzing and interpreting scientific and technical data
  • Ability to work effectively, independently and under pressure; to plan, to organize and to prioritize workloads
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with DEP staff and the general public
  • Ability to employ critical thinking to solve problems and improve procedures
  • Ability to perform field inspections involving hiking or wading in mud or water, swimming, occasional snorkeling, climbing over/under obstacles, often in extreme heat, humidity or rain, or cool water, and to drive up to 250 miles/day


Licensure/registration/certification requirements.
Other job-related requirements for this position: Valid Driver License, Travel; Bachelor's degree in natural science or related filed
Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.)

DEP offers an excellent array of benefits, including:
  • Health insurance for individual or family (HMO and PPO options with premiums starting as low as $50 per month)
  • Life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Tuition waiver for state university and Florida College System courses
  • Training opportunities
  • Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts


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. 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.

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. 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.