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Environmental Specialist I

Florida Department of Transportation
Homosassa Springs, Florida, US
Closing date
May 23, 2022

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Requisition No: 634328

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 37020256

Position Number: 37020256

Salary: $3,000 month; $36,000 year

Posting Closing Date: 05/15/2022




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CLASS TITLE: Environmental Specialist I


BASE SALARY: $3,000 monthly; $36,000 yearly

LOCATION: Crystal River Preserve State Park

3266 North Sailboat Avenue

Crystal River, FL 34428

CONTACT INFORMATION: Barbara Roberts, Park Manager


CLOSING DATE: Sunday, May 15, 2022



Crystal River Preserve State Park is looking for a self-motivated park service professional to fill a park ranger position, providing visitor services, maintenance, protection, administration, and resource management. The applicant must possess good visitor service and administrative skills, be able to work independently and have the ability to perform a variety of skilled trade functions using assorted equipment and tools. The applicant must be able to work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays.


Compliance with the processing requirements of Chapter 215.422, F.S. is mandatory. Persistent failure to comply with this section by any agency of the state shall constitute good cause for discharge of employees duly found responsible, or predominantly responsible, for failure to comply. In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the Department's Standard of Conduct, as well as any and all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.

This position provides biological, resource management, interpretive, operational, and environmental analysis support for Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River Archaeological State Park, and Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park utilizing environmental policies, practices, and procedure. This position may also be utilized at other park units for various duties. This position may also be utilized at other park units for various duties.

Resource Management: Coordination and implementation of resource management programs including prescribed burning, biological and hydrological monitoring, exotic and nuisance species control, natural community restoration, reforestation, plant and animal surveys, listed species management, erosion control, and cultural resource preservation and management. Conducts field survey and treatment of non-native invasive plant species and assists with overseeing work projects from start to completion performed by, volunteers, contractors and AmeriCorps members in completion of same. Coordinates research, monitoring, and collecting activities in parks, and participates as needed. Assists in the preparation of unit management plans. Applies for permits. Helps train park personnel in fundamentals of resource management and tools of the trade.

Administration: Prepares forms and reports on a wide range of subjects in a timely manner including vehicle logs, timesheets, and quarterly resource management reports. Compiles resource data, evaluates effectiveness of resource management programs, and completes relevant reports as needed. Prepares miscellaneous correspondence. Manages databases and maintains correspondence, reference, and digital media files. Applies for and coordinates resource management grants. Conducts purchasing and fiscal activities in compliance with established procedures.

Maintenance: Maintains park structures, facilities, equipment, vehicles, and grounds through preventive, and corrective maintenance practices.

Education and Interpretation: Gathers information about the natural and cultural resources of the parks for interpretive purposes, presents interpretive programs as needed, and provides technical review in the development of interpretive brochures, exhibits, talks, and tours. Develops maps.

Performs other related duties as required including but not limited to: assisting park visitors, staffing events, revenue collection, opening and closing the park.


Knowledge of:

* principles of natural science;
* natural and cultural resource restoration techniques;
* fauna and flora of Florida;
* listed species management;
* upland and wetland natural community restoration techniques;
* hydrological monitoring

Skill in:

* communicating effectively verbally and in writing;
* personal computer operations including Microsoft Office Suite and ArcGIS;
* operating and maintaining vehicles and equipment associated with the position (e.g. 4x4 vehicles, GPS, ATVs, tractors & implements, fire suppression equipment, chain saws)

Ability to:

* actively participate in field activities associated with the position (e.g. prescribed burning, hydrological & biological monitoring, exotic plant survey and treatment including herbicide application);
* collect, analyze, and interpret environmental data, including use of GPS, GIS, water sampling, exotic species monitoring, plant & animal samplings, and other biological sampling;
* follow verbal and written instructions/directions;
* understand and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to environmental programs;
* prepare well-written scientific reports and management plans;
* establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
* interact with all internal and external customers and the general public in a professional, tactful and courteous manner;
* organize, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments in a timely manner;
* work independently with minimal supervision;
* work outdoors where you may encounter biting insects, venomous snakes, alligators, inclement weather, high temperatures, and humidity;
* perform physical labor;
* lift 40 pounds and assist in transporting items or other supplies 100 pounds or more;
* perform grounds and building maintenance which includes but is not limited to mowing, weed eating, pressure washing, painting, and fence repair;
* clean park facilities;
* maintain a valid driver's license;
* operate watercraft including boats, kayaks and airboat;
* properly wear uniform;
* be available for occasional overnight travel;
* occasionally work rotating shifts including, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite): Florida Class E driver's license or an out-of-state class equivalent driver's license

Other job-related requirements for this position:

* A bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences; or a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university with a minor in one of the physical or natural sciences & 2 years of professional experience in one of the physical or natural sciences.

Working hours: (A) Varies (B) Total hours in workweek 40 hours (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Occasional rotating shifts including, nights, weekends, and holidays.

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.
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