Agency: Environmental Protection
Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37001812
Posting Closing Date: 04/30/2022Environmental Specialist I - 37001812State of FloridaDepartment of Environmental ProtectionOffice of Resilience and Coastal ProtectionRookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
This full-time Career Service position is located at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida.Duties and Responsibilities:
The applicant will be involved in a variety of field-based activities occurring in a variety of weather conditions, with potential exposure to insects, dangerous wildlife and toxic plants such as Poison Ivy. Employee must be willing to work occasional weekends when necessary and may be on-call regarding animal stranding /rescue activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Public Access & Visitor-Use:
- Patrol Reserve boundaries, waterways, and islands to collect data regarding public use and other required statistical data. Patrols Reserve to promote safety, security, and compatible use of Reserve resources. Install/maintain boundary posts, maps, and identify Reserve boundaries and install/maintain boundary markers. Install and maintains signage. Assist with removal of debris from public use areas.
- Identifies and reports incidents of theft, vandalism, and incompatible use. Coordinates resolution of illegal activities with state and local law enforcement for the Reserve. Assesses negative impact of user groups on the Reserve and develops plans to reduce them. Provides public information and coordinate complaint resolution with staff and other agencies.
- Species Protection: (Coordinate with Stewardship Coordinator and with staff relative to these duties).
- Assist Stewardship Team with the coordination of protection efforts for multiple species to meet goals for management and preservation efforts, including sea turtle nest monitoring and stranding.
- Conduct surveys for multiple species relative to habitat requirements.
- Develop programs, as needed, to determine the effects of management activities on species within the Reserve.
- Habitat Management:
- Assist the Stewardship Team with resource management activities such as prescribed fire, habitat mapping, and vegetation monitoring.
- Assist with upkeep/maintenance of all equipment light & heavy (chainsaws/small engine/UTV/truck/tractor/tools/fuel etc.).
- Exotic/Invasive/Nuisance Fauna & Flora Control:
- Assist as directed by supervisor to address Reserves needs related to identification, control, and eradication of exotic/invasive species (flora & fauna), as well as, nuisance predatory animal control. Will work closely with current Exotic/Invasive species flora and fauna team-leads as necessary. This responsibility will require competency with a variety of firearms.
- Research Sector assistance:
- Assist Research division of RBNERR with activities as directed and as time and resources allow. This will include implementation of the Reserves Sentinel Site program.
- Other duties:
- As needed will assist with the research & technical writing tasks (related activities may include: technical reports, project information sheets, and preparation and presentation of scientific poster projects, grant proposals).
- Perform all other work as instructed and required.
- Assists inhurricane preparation and post-storm recovery.
Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques of the physical and natural sciences; data collection and analysis principles and procedures; report writing, both technical and general (grant writing skills are a plus). Safe operation of motor vehicles, marine vessels (including trailering) and heavy-equipment (Truck, ATV, UTV, trac-loader, tractor, front-end loader, bush hog), operation and navigation of boats in near-shore & backwater estuarine environments. Ability to collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret biological and resource data and prepare technical reports. Proficiency with using personal computers, and Microsoft Office Suite. Proficiency with Geographic Information System (GIS) methods is highly desirable (use of ARC-Pro & ARC-online). Skilled with interaction with the public in a tactful and courteous manner. Ability to communicate and work well alone, as well as, with colleagues is a must, plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; communicate effectively (verbally and in writing); effectively communicate to a variety of audiences; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Must maintain a valid driver's license; must be able to swim. Within 6-months the candidate will be required to obtain DEP boating certifications, and wildland Firefighting certifications (S130/190 & L180). Must meet annual physical test requirements for Wildland Firefighting. Requirements:
- Florida drivers license
- Bachelors degree in applicable biological sciences field or equivalent experience.
- Valid Driver License
- Ability to Swim
- Ability to Lift 50 lbs.
- Ability to pass wildland firefighting physical test (walk 2 miles in 30 minutes or less while wearing a 25 lb. weight-vest).
- CDL license
- (A.R.M. training (Archeological Resource Monitor certification).
- UTV/ATV Safe Driver certification
- Auto Mechanic certification
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.