State of Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida, US
Jul 29, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 432841

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37010430

Salary: $41,200.00

Posting Closing Date: 07/31/2021





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:

This posting is for an Environmental Specialist II located at the Departments of Environmental Protection's Southeast Office located in West Palm Beach, Florida. This position is with the Underground Injection Control Program's Compliance Assistance/Enforcement section. Employee conducts compliance inspections on issued permits and complaint investigations on unauthorized activities.

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:

This position is located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click www.myfrs.com);
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.



Your Specific Responsibilities:
  • Review and interpret Department's regulations for the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program described in Chapter 62-528, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
  • Witnesses Mechanical Integrity Tests (MITs) at Class I injection wells, as assigned by Subject Matter Expert (SME).
  • Conducts intermediate-to-complex inspections for permitted facilities to evaluate compliance with the state and federal UIC regulations at Class I, Class V major, and Class V minor wells.
  • Ability to shadow SME on advanced UIC inspections, as required.
  • Assists manager(s) and SME with level of service inspection tracking.
  • Reviews facility submittals and monitoring data to evaluate compliance and demonstrates capacity in the assessment and interpretation of UIC monitoring data.
  • Accurately identifies potential noncompliance issues and resolves noncompliance in accordance with the Department's policies and procedures.
  • Reviews past high-level inspection reports and enforcement and able to gain familiarity with well construction methods.
  • Able to evaluate water quality sampling logs, geophysical logs, and water quality laboratory data to ensure compliance with permitted limits on Monthly Operating Report (MOR) submittals.
  • Prepares and transmits reports and letters to facilities within the required timeframes.
  • Works closely with Division and District permitting staff as necessary to improve procedures and promote UIC program consistency across the state.
  • Attends required formal UIC trainings offered by Division and or the U.S. EPA, as available.
  • Assists with inspections, report reviews, and other assigned tasks with the District's Air Resource Management program.
  • Able to conduct solo basic-to-intermediate inspections for the District's Air program.
  • Conducts outreach activities as assigned by manager and/or SME.
  • Adheres to Department's policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of Florida DEP's groundwater sampling policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform field inspections often in extreme heat, humidity or rain, and drive up to 250 miles per day.
  • Ability to work effectively, independently and under pressure, to plan, organize, and prioritize workloads.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use personal computers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with DEP staff, other governmental agencies, and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver's license.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • A Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience conducting inspections of Class I and Class V deep injection wells.
  • A Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major in environmental policy or a physical or natural science (i.e. biology, chemistry, environmental science, etc.).

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 veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Veterans and 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.

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.