State of Florida
Fort Myers, Florida, US
Jul 15, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 422921

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64002619

Salary: $ 37,561.68

Posting Closing Date: 07/20/2021


This professional Environmental Specialist position functions independently for the DOH in Lee County, Environmental Health division in the Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) program. The duties include performing work in the Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems program, Mobile Home/RV parks, as well as other environmental programs. The incumbent in this position is considered to have regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Chapter 60L-36, Florida Administrative Code.

OSTDS Program: The environmental specialist is expected to review residential applications and plans, accept and issue permits for residential systems, perform site evaluations, perform abandonment inspections, perform initial and final inspections of newly installed systems as well as inspections of repairs on systems, investigate sanitary nuisance complaints, and any enforcement duties to ensure compliance with public health standards. Field work involves heavy lifting and physical activity in an often-strenuous environment. The specialist determines seasonal high-water tables and seasonally inundated areas to determine system suitability and compliance with 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code and Florida Statutes

When requested, the specialist may be required to meet or consult with clients, government officials, property owners, general contractors, engineers, septic tank contractors, and/or other interested parties regarding inspections and future development of sites to be served by an OSTDS. The position may also be required to present expert witness testimony and represent the department in legal proceedings involving noncompliant persons or facilities within Lee County.

This position is responsible for performing assigned industrial/manufacturing and commercial operating permitted (IMOP) site state inspections at least once per year and starting enforcement in instances of noncompliance. The specialist is responsible for quality assurance and oversight of the functionality and enforcement of the IMOP program requirements.

Mobile Home/RV Park Program: Regulate and enforce the laws and rules pertaining to approved water and sewer connections, conditions propagating sanitary nuisances, and overcrowding to prevent environmentally transmitted disease per Ch. 381.006(14) F.S.; Ch. 513 F.S.; and Ch. 64E-16 F.A.C.

The specialist is required to perform data entry of permit, inspection, and enforcement information into the Environmental Health Database (EHD) as needed. Enter Daily Activity Reports daily and submit time sheets as required and in time frames specified. Attend DOH mandatory training prior to assigned deadlines and respond to Everbridge Emergency alerts within 60 minutes.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
  • Knowledge and skill in using field equipment required, including but not limited to operating a laser level, shovel, auger, Munsell Color Charts, drill, and other equipment as deemed necessary to perform environmental health inspections
  • Knowledge of terminology, principles, and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences
  • Knowledge of and basic computer skills
  • Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation & grammar usage
  • Ability to operate general office equipment
  • Ability to follow office procedures & practices
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments
  • Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous & effective manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally & in writing
  • Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to understand, interpret & apply applicable rules, regulations, policies & procedures
  • Ability to prioritize individual workload
  • Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift & carry up to 50 pounds as needed
  • Ability to work with occasional loud noises indoors and/or outdoors
  • Ability to work outdoors with various temperature changes
  • Ability to walk for long periods of time or great distances
  • Ability to locate information that is listed alphabetically & numerically
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to review data for accuracy & completeness
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work with the public in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques
  • Incumbent will be assigned a county vehicle and will be responsible for maintaining and operating the vehicle per state and county regulations

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 credit hours in a related science field from a US accredited college or university.
  • Certified Environmental Health Professional in the OSTDS program or Registered Sanitarian Certification FEHA or NEHA as required by Florida Statute 381.0101. Certification must be maintained every two years as required by Florida Statute.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):
  • Certified Environmental Health Professional in the OSTDS program or Registered Sanitarian Certification FEHA or NEHA as required by Florida Statute 381.0101. Certification must be maintained every two years as required by Florida Statute.
  • Positions in the Department of Health responsible for performing environmental health and sanitary evaluations in a primary program area of environmental health require certification in accordance with Section 381.0101, Florida Statutes. Requirements for certification are found in Chapter 64E-18.004(3), Florida Administrative Code.

Other job-related requirements for this position:
  • Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
  • Taking Confidential Information Out of the Health Department: This position is authorized to transport confidential information outside of established DOH-Lee facilities and must comply with parameters defined in DOHP 50-10.
  • Incumbent must possess valid Florida Driver License and have a motor vehicle to carry out these duties
  • Selected immunizations or titers and/or periodic screening for tuberculosis may be recommended for this position.
  • This position will abide by all state and federal laws, rules, and DOH Policies and Procedures.

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.) May be required to work additional hours as needed.

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 (DOH) 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 Departments 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. Certain veterans and

spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, eligible veterans and spouses of veterans will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. For applicants claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach supporting documentation that includes character of service (for example, DD form 214 Member Copy #4) when you apply for a vacancy. Applicants may upload their supporting documentation to People First when applying. All documentation is due by the closing date of the job announcement.

  • ** Note: 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. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. 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: http://www.sss.gov
  • 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. Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • The State of Florida is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
  • Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
  • The application includes background information questions. A "yes" answer to these questions will not automatically bar you from employment. The nature, job-relatedness, severity, and date of the offence in relation to the position you are applying are considered. Please make sure all questions are answered thoroughly.
  • Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position. Responses such as "see resume" or "see application" and incomplete applications are subject to disqualification.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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. 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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