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Environmental Specialist II - 37010842

Florida Department of Transportation
Tallahassee, Florida, US
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Requisition No: 602052

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37010842

Salary: $36,467.00 - $42,000.00 (Commensurate with experience, certifications, and qualifications)

Posting Closing Date: 04/16/2022


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 its ecosystem.

The Work You Will Do:

This posting is for a full-time, career service Environmental Specialist II position with the Water Compliance Enforcement Program (WCEP) in DEP's Division of Water Resource Management.

WCEP facilitates statewide coordination of compliance and enforcement activities relating to the development of policy, guidance and training materials to ensure consistency among DEP's six district offices for the state's Industrial Wastewater, Domestic Wastewater, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater programs. WCEP is responsible for federal data management reporting activities associated with the Wastewater and NPDES Stormwater programs. Additionally, WCEP coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on implementation of the NPDES components of the Clean Water Act.

The Difference You Will Make:

Water and natural resources are the foundation of Florida's communities, economy, and way of life. The Division of Water Resource Management (DWRM) is responsible for implementing state laws providing for the protection of the quality of Florida's drinking water, ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands; and the reclamation of mined lands.

DWRM is comprised of several programs that perform water facilities regulation, and operational support services and functions. The division also serves as Florida's central point of contact for federally delegated/assumed water programs and has regulatory oversight of certain functions of water and wastewater facilities throughout Florida. We work toward safeguarding Florida's water resources and enhancing natural systems through partnering with local communities, and providing a more certain, consistent and effective regulatory process. Our goal is to enhance both the quality and available quantity of water needed by the state's residents, visitors, and industries, while also providing protection of the state's wetlands, other surface waters, and ground waters today and for generations to come.

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, Florida, the capital of the state of Florida and the seat of state government. A mid-sized city in the heart of the Big Bend, Tallahassee is known for its beautiful parks, rolling hills, canopied roads, museums and natural resources. Tallahassee is located just 22 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, home to some of the world's top beaches, and the city boasts numerous parks offering outdoor activities, league sports and natural trails for running, hiking and biking. Florida State University (FSU), Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and several smaller colleges in the region offer a hub for academic research, athletics, art, music, and other student activities.

This position's responsibilities will also require occasional travel to DEP's six regional districts across Florida to provide regulatory staff trainings and to provide support during compliance inspections.

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;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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$36,467 to $42,000 (commensurate with experience, certifications, and qualifications).

Your Specific Responsibilities:
  • Evaluates, makes recommendations, and implements the various methods to promote and achieve compliance with Florida Statutes and Department rules related to the Wastewater, Stormwater and Drinking Water. This involves conducting quarterly audits of compliance and enforcement actions, to ensure statewide consistency.
  • Provides guidance and technical assistance to district staff and the general public in the form of written and oral communication, and reviews and comments on various issues affecting the regulatory and proprietary programs implemented by the Program.
  • Prepare SOPs, inspection and training documents for district staff to conduct field inspections at NPDES stormwater construction and industrial facilities and wastewater treatment facilities consistently across the state.
  • Provide file and inspection report review (QA/QC support) to district office and delegated local programs.
  • Develops and maintains user documentation and guidance documents for enforcement and database entry.
  • Presents training materials to users for the district offices, delegated local programs and regulated community.
  • Review/Document/Plan/Prepare/Coordinate/Provide Training for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) State Review Framework (SRF) Annual Data Verification and On-Site File Audits.
  • Peer Review draft enforcement documents for districts' formal enforcement actions to ensure regulatory consistency.
  • Enter, maintain and review data in Fiesta, ICIS, COMET, LCT, WAFR, and Oculus.
  • Assist with spill data QA/QC and fulfilling spill data requests.
  • Coordinate and assist division and district Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in conjunction with IT staff on development and enhancement of technical projects.
  • Develop and update tracking tools to assist with managing EPA commitments, e-Reporting requirements and Districts' Levels of Service.
  • Performs other related duties and assists in projects requiring section expertise, as assigned by supervisor.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of physical, natural science and engineering terminology.
  • Knowledge of biological, physical and chemical processes as they relate to water quality and the aquatic environment.
  • Knowledge of water quality criteria and testing parameters.
  • Knowledge of database fundamentals.
  • Skill in use of computers, word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to coordinate and monitor environmental related data and programs.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to utilize problem solving techniques.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to understand complex regulations.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations accurately.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver's license.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A 4-year degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, environmental science or one of the natural sciences.
  • One year of related professional experience or an advanced professional degree in a related field.
  • A valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous work experience with NPDES federal reporting or permit requirements.

Persons interested in applying for this position must submit a completed State of Florida Employment Application through the People First System.

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. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. 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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee

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