DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37010529-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

State of Florida
Temple Terrace, Florida, US
Jun 05, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 386681

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37010529-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37010529

Salary: $3,690.50 monthly pay

Posting Closing Date: 06/10/2021

State of Florida
Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Water Quality Assessment Program

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Environmental Specialist III
Position Number 37010529

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 Water Quality Assessment Program is accepting applications for a full-time Environmental Specialist III position in the Southwest District Office in Temple Terrace, Florida.

Acts as Team Lead and conducts all aspects of monitoring activities for the Water Quality Assessment Program in the regional office. Water quality sampling is conducted on both surface and groundwater. Biological assessments may include taxonomic analysis of freshwater, estuarine and marine flora and fauna. Completion of FDEP training and some certifications are required to conduct water quality data collection and specialized floral and faunal biological assessments, including the Stream Condition Index, Biorecon, Lake Vegetation Index, Rapid Periphyton Survey, Linear Vegetation Survey, and Stream and Lake Habitat Assessments. Responsible for providing the regional manager with water quality monitoring plans or schedules and logistics in a timely manner. Works closely with the regional manager and program specific coordinators to ensure all Status and Trend Network, Strategic Monitoring, TMDL and BMAP data collection needs are met to fulfill the Division's goals. Provides guidance to the Program's regional sampling team. Performs logistical planning in coordination with other personnel for field sampling events using GIS, internet, mapping programs, databases and other available sources. Performs field reconnaissance as needed prior to sampling events. Monitors and maintains employees' performance and productivity. Provides direction, sets goals, establishes a team vision, and leads by example.

Provides technical assistance to the local DEP District with sampling and other monitoring or bioassessment needs. Conducts complaint investigations as requested for non-point source or point source related water pollution violations, such as fish kills, algae blooms, reports of odor, foam, etc. These activities should be coordinated through the regional manager and prior approval should be acquired. Responds in a timely manner to inquiries from the public, the media and elected officials, per established agency guidelines and procedures. Provides action item reply within required timeframes. Attends program training as necessary. Assists in the training of newer personnel.

Ensures that all data quality objectives are met. Responsible for QA/QC on all field procedures and data accuracy reviews on all data collected. Performs data accuracy reviews on all data collected. Enters and/or uploads biological, physical and chemical data into various data storage and retrieval systems. Analyzes data and produces scientific reports to evaluate and interpret biological, chemical and physical data for surface water environments. Researches and coordinates accumulation of local pertinent information and collates that information into reports as instructed by supervisor or other DEAR management.

Coordinates use and maintenance of the vehicles, vessels and the operation of the Field Support Facility. Maintains, and organizes supplies and equipment necessary for implementation of monitoring activities. Responsible for regular safety reviews.

Performs other duties as required and as necessary. Other duties may include assistance with stakeholder involvement in Watershed Management activities such as public meetings and developing Basin Management Action Plans coordinated by the regional manager. Boater and trailer safety training is required. Travel required. Snorkeling as needed. Must have prior approval and meet the snorkeling requirement in the DEP Underwater Operations Manual.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Essential)

(1) Ability to collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret scientific or technical data.

(2) Ability to understand and interpret applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

(3) Skill in operating small powerboats.

(4) Knowledge of freshwater, estuarine, and marine macroinvertebrates and plants.

(5) Ability to use personal computers.

(6) Ability to prepare technical reports.

(7) Knowledge of Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code Rules relating to the environmental program area.

(8) Ability to determine work priorities and ensure proper completion of work assignments.

(9) Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

(10) Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and respectful manner.

(11) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

(12) Ability to work independently.

(13) Ability to be adaptable, flexible, resourceful and to maintain a positive outlook.

(14) Knowledge of terminology, principals and analytical techniques of the physical and natural sciences.

(15) Knowledge of the terminology, principles and sampling techniques for measuring surface and ground water quality.

(16) Skilled in the operation and calibration of water quality field instruments.

(17) Ability to perform field biology and water quality sampling techniques, including wading, snorkeling, and traversing difficult wetland terrain.

(18) Ability to maintain a valid Class E Florida driver's license and travel.

(19) Ability to maintain or complete training on functional use of ESRI GIS software, MS Office software; Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and DEP proprietary software; SBIO, LIMS and the Report Tracker.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Science or other natural sciences and two years of professional experience in monitoring including surface and ground water wells sampling and operation of small watercrafts
  • Travel
  • Valid Driver's Driver's License

Position location: 13051 North Telecom Parkway, Temple Terrace, Florida 33637

Persons interested in applying for this position must submit a completed State of Florida Employment Application through the People First System.

For questions concerning this position, please contact:

Kalina Warren, Environmental Administrator

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.

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