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Tallahassee, Florida, US
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Requisition No: 524322
Agency: Environmental Protection
Position Number: 37950016
Salary: 19.69 PER HOUR
Posting Closing Date: 01/28/2022
OPS Environmental Specialist III
State of Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
Position No. 37950016
"Previous applicants need not re-apply."

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:
The Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration (OWPER) is accepting applications for one full time Other Personnel Services (OPS) Environmental Specialist III position. The selected candidate will join a multidisciplinary team that implements Department policy, programmatic, technical and regulatory responsibilities under several Everglades restoration efforts, including the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), Everglades Forever Act (EFA), and the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program (NEEPP). This position provides technical support to Everglades planning, permitting and compliance activities by evaluating, interpreting, and reporting water quality data specific to the Everglades ecosystem. This position requires frequent participation in intra- and interagency teams and working groups and is also involved in the implementation of the Innovative Technology Grants that identify methods to prevent, combat, and clean-up harmful algal blooms. This position reports to the Everglades Water Quality Technical Lead and has no supervisory responsibilities.

The Difference You Will Make:
OWPER plays a key role in carrying out the largest environmental restoration project in the world - restoring the natural treasure of America's Everglades. Restoration initiatives are focused on improving water quality and restoring the hydrology and ecology of the Everglades ecosystem, which covers nearly 18,000 square miles from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Florida Bay.

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:
Tallahassee, Florida's Capitol City, lined with rolling hills, oak trees, and canopied roads combines old world charm with a modern pace of life. Home to two major universities as well as state government, Tallahassee is a mid-sized city in the heart of Florida's Big Bend. Boasting proximity to the coast and centrally located to popular tourist destinations, Tallahassee is a highly desirable location for both those seeking their first job or those ready to enter the next exciting chapter in their career.

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 OPS employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
* State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options
For a more complete list of benefits, visit [].


Your Specific Responsibilities:
This position provides technical support for planning, permitting and compliance activities, including but not limited to generating the daily South Florida system updates, reviewing permit application materials and water quality monitoring plans, reviewing regulatory reports, and statistically analyzing and illustrating water quality, biological and hydrological data for the greater Everglades ecosystem. This position will assist in writing Chapter 3 of the annual South Florida Environmental Report. Other duties include participation in interagency meetings and working groups with Federal and State partners and local stakeholders, including the Restoration Coordination & Verification team (RECOVER) and Project Delivery Teams (PDT) for Everglades restoration projects. The position will also provide technical support for OWPER on the Everglades Technical Oversight Committee. Other responsibilities include supporting the program's quality assurance (QA) system and conducting technical reviews of Innovative Technology Grant deliverables, including Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Ability to analyze and interpret water quality and environmental data. Experience using R and RStudio or similar statistical analysis software is strongly desired.
2. Ability to synthesize data into reports and presentations that illustrate and communicate key findings, trends, and regional water quality and/or hydrological status.
3. Ability to determine work priorities and ensure timely and accurate completion of tasks and assignments.
4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of professionals.
5. Ability to work independently and with others in a team setting with minimal supervision.
6. Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
7. Strong organizational skills and ability to plan and coordinate work assignments.
8. Strong time management skills.
9. Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
10. Ability to operate personal computers and appropriate software for word processing and data analysis.
11. Applicable knowledge of statistical theory.
12. Ability to maintain a valid Driver's License.

Minimum Qualifications:
* Valid Driver's License
* A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a natural science (i.e., biology, chemistry, environmental science)

Preferred Qualifications:
* A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a natural science (i.e., biology, chemistry, environmental science)
* Knowledge of 62-302, FAC and 62-160, FAC
* Knowledge of south Florida ecology and Everglades restoration efforts

Contact Information:
Mailin Sotolongo Lopez
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration
Office:(850) 245-2182

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.
Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee
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