ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT - 37010165 - Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Employer
State of Florida
Location
Tallahassee, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 31, 2021
Closes
Aug 14, 2021
Ref
2350407035
Discipline
Restoration
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Requisition No: 427752

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT - 37010165 - Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37010165

Salary: $3,865.10 monthly

Posting Closing Date: 08/12/2021

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT

State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

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 it's ecosystem.

The Work You Will Do:

The Environmental Consultant Position 37010165, is in the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration's Watershed Planning and Coordination Section in Tallahassee and will be responsible for guiding development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plans known as basin management action plans (BMAPs). This position supports DEP's mission by working to protect and restore the quality of the state's surface waters.

The Difference You Will Make:

Water and natural resources are the foundation of Florida's communities, economy, and way of life. The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (DEAR) is charged with protecting, maintaining, and improving the quality of Florida's springs, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters. DEAR team members work together to monitor and assess Florida's surface water and groundwater quality, develop strategies to reduce pollution, and work closely with local stakeholders to implement comprehensive restoration strategies that improve the lives of all Floridians and preserve aquatic resources for generations to come.

Some of the tasks DEAR team members get the opportunity to work on include:
  • Developing Florida's surface water quality standards;
  • Monitoring surface water and groundwater quality;
  • Assessing rivers, lakes, estuaries, and springs to identify pollution problems;
  • Working with stakeholders to implement programs that reduce pollutant loading into impaired waterbodies to achieve water quality restoration targets;
  • Provide the department and other resource agencies with the highest quality laboratory services available;
  • Manage water quality data repositories for data storage and use by the department, other agencies and the public;
  • Provide technical support to the department and the public regarding appropriate methods for water quality analysis and data quality assurance (QA).


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:

The work location of this position is in Tallahassee (Leon County), Florida. The city hosts the Capital of Florida and seat of state government. The city is home to numerous parks offering outdoor activities, league sports and natural trails for running, hiking and biking. Tallahassee is located just 22 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, which is home to some of the world's top beaches. Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and several smaller colleges in the region offer a hub for academic research, athletics, art, music and other student activities.

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.

Pay: $3,865.10 per month

Your Specific Responsibilities:
This is an advanced professional position coordinating activity associated with implementing the state's Total Maximum Daily Load/Watershed Management Program. These activities support the Program's 5-year rotational cycle encompassing watersheds in the Department's Districts. The cycle includes assessing information and preparing watershed reports; recommending additional data collection; data analysis and interpretation to determine the aquatic ecosystem health; assisting development of TMDLs; and developing and implementing watershed management plans to restore and protect the health of the watersheds' water bodies. This program relies on partnerships and close coordination with managers and technical staff of the Program, Division, Department, Water Management Districts, local, state, regional and federal agencies, the public, and the regulated community. This position is specifically responsible for guiding development of TMDL implementation plans. This responsibility requires extensive public contact and creating effective working partnerships with watershed stakeholders. Strong interpersonal skills and an understanding of the principles of watershed management are used to perform the following duties

Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) Development:
Works with Department staff and stakeholders to establish locally-supported BMAPs. Responsible for consensus-building and group decision-making. This includes organizing meetings, leading discussions, preparing agendas, background papers, maps, tables, presentation materials and other documents and materials, and coordinating with TMDL and BMAP development contractors to provide a basis for stakeholder decision-making in developing BMAPs. Formulates basin-specific approaches to stakeholder participation in developing BMAPs. Contacts stakeholders individually by phone, e-mail, or other means, including follow-up with stakeholders to ensure that minutes, action items, and other tasks are completed. Maintains e-mail distribution lists for specific basins to inform stakeholders of TMDL/BMAP-related meetings and disseminate TMDL/BMAP information. Ensures that Program and District Office staff are informed of and involved in BMAP development processes. Manages projects, particularly with respect to projects supporting BMAP development. Prepares draft BMAPs or BMAP sections that reflect stakeholder input. Ensures proper coordination in the Department and among stakeholders in BMAP drafting and review and in securing local acceptance, Department approvals, and Secretarial adoption of BMAPs.

Stakeholder Involvement and Coordination:
Assists Program staff in coordinating activities with stakeholders, such as in securing stakeholder reviews of draft lists of impaired waters and participating in TMDL development. Prepares informational materials for use by the public and internally; develops maps, tables, calendars, templates, and other documents to strengthen stakeholder support and participation in plan development and other stakeholder processes. Works with stakeholders to organize workshops and briefings and makes presentations to local officials, the public, and other interested parties. Organizes and participates in specific basin stakeholder meetings and assists other Basin Coordinators in organizing and conducting local decision-making processes.

Plan Monitoring and Reporting:
Assures that BMAP implementation meetings and reporting requirements are carried out as identified and scheduled in adopted BMAPs and related plans, such as TMDL Reasonable Assurance Plans. Initiates meetings and other communications with stakeholders and Department staff on the status of actions identified in BMAPs, on water quality results, and on the status of other environmental responses to BMAP implementation. Provides summary progress reports and other information to Program and Division managers on actions identified in approved BMAPs and related plans.

TMDL Program Support:
Serves as facilitator, team leader, or member of Program/Section approved teams to ensure completion of assigned tasks to implement the rotating basin approach, improve the operation of the Section and Program, and resolve process or work problems. Assists Program staff in initiating public notices and meeting announcements; maintains e-mail distribution lists for specific basins to inform stakeholders of TMDL/BMAP-related meetings and disseminate TMDL/BMAP information. Assists Program managers in identifying and addressing issues and coordination needs. Assists managers in scheduling and monitoring TMDL Program activities, and helps Tallahassee and District staff coordinate on such actions as impaired waters listings and TMDL development. Promotes and organizes coordination between DEP and other agencies to strengthen Program implementation. Assists managers in organizing Program retreats, staff training workshops, and other staff development activities.

Other Duties:

Assists WMDs, local governments, and federal agencies in incorporating priority water quality improvement projects and budgets in such plans as Florida Forever work plans and watershed restoration plans. Review and comment on WMD Surface Water Improvement and Management Act (SWIM) Plans. Coordinate review and comment on Florida Forever acquisition proposals. Performs other related duties as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and analytical techniques of hydrology, water quality modeling, aquatic ecology, watershed management, and aquatic resource assessment.
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences.
  • Knowledge of management principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of data collection and analysis principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of and skill in working in a team environment with others to achieve a task.
  • Skill in dealing with the public in a professional and tactful manner
  • Ability to determine work priorities, assign work and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to create effective working partnerships with watershed stakeholders.
  • Ability to solve problems and effectively make decisions.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable laws, rules, policies and procedures relating to land and water resource management program activities.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports.
  • Ability to travel outside of Tallahassee and maintain a valid Driver's license.


  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental or Natural Sciences or a minimum of 3 years of work experience
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Travel

  • Contact Information:

    Sara C. Davis, Environmental Administrator

    850-245-8825

    Sara.C.Davis@FloridaDEP.gov

    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:

    HR_VeteransPreference@dep.state.fl.us

    HR_ER@dep.state.fl.us

    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.

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