State of Florida
Tallahassee, Florida, US
Jul 23, 2021
Aug 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 388201

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37010462

Salary: $3,412.35 (monthly minimum)

Posting Closing Date: 08/04/2021

State of Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Water Quality Assessment (Monitoring) Program
Watershed Monitoring Section

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Environmental Specialist III
Position Number 37010462

***Previous applicants will be considered - no need to reapply***

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 (Monitoring) Program is accepting applications for a full-time Environmental Specialist III position.

Summary of Duties:

This position ls the Quality Assurance (QA) officer for the statewide Status and Trend monitoring program. As the QA Officer, the position is responsible for coordinating and documenting all water quality sampling QA activities for the Status and Trend networks. The position also coordinates some QA activities related to other monitoring conducted within the Water Quality Assessment Program (WQAP). Responsibilities include:

Schedules laboratory analysis of samples for the Status and Trends networks. Coordinates sampler training workshops and revises program sampling manual, Quality manual, and other required reports for the Status and Trend networks. Reviews results of field quality assurance procedures (quality assurance reports, field blanks, equipment blanks). Provides summary of results on a quarterly basis to Section administrator, and prepares annual summary of program QA activities, including training, audits and corrective actions for inclusion in the annual QA Report to the Secretary. Ensures that site reconnaissance data and provisional field and laboratory data are reviewed consistently by the project managers and data reviewers. Ensures that corrective actions are implemented for data non-conformance of the program's Data Quality Objectives. Assists with QA and design of special projects as required.

Coordinates and conducts on-site audits of WQAP samplers and samplers from contracted sampling agencies.

Works with WQAP monitoring staff on QA activities related to other monitoring conducted within the program. Duties may include assisting with quality manual updates and annual QA reporting for monitoring projects other than Status and Trend. Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to implement agency rules and SOPs regarding Quality Assurance (QA) for all facets of field operations statewide
  • Ability to organize documentation essential for support of QA requirements
  • Ability to provide documentation of QA attachments necessary for contract management
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with others to achieve a task
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, analyze, and interpret scientific or technical data
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and possesses experience in technical writing
  • Ability to deal with employees and the public in a tactful, professional and courteous manner
  • Ability to utilize problem solving techniques
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to travel outside the Tallahassee area
  • Ability to organize and instruct program staff on correct field procedures
  • Ability to maintain a valid Driver's License
  • Knowledge of principles of surface and ground water chemical, physical, biological any hydrological processes relating to water quality and associated resource
  • Knowledge of applied statistical methods
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems applications
  • Knowledge of biological based indices used for assessment of aquatic resources
  • Knowledge of water resource assessment methods
  • Skill in using word processing and spreadsheet applications

  • Position Requirements:
    • Valid Driver's License
    • Bachelor of Science Degre from an accredited college or university in one of the Natural Sciences
    • Ability to travel

    Position Location: Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399

    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:

    James (Jay) Silvanima, 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.