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 Program Administrator, position number 37020330, is in the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration’s Water Quality Assessment (Monitoring) Program and will be responsible for supervising the division’s seven regional operation centers responsible for collecting surface and groundwater quality samples, and the position coordinates analyses of long-term (trend) and current (status) water quality across the state. This function is critical to the division’s effort to characterize the overall status of water quality in Florida as well as to collect the data used to identify waters that are not meeting standards.
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: $6,333.34 monthly
Your Specific Responsibilities:
The incumbent directs the activities of the Water Quality Monitoring Program, which is responsible for administration of the State’s Ambient Monitoring Program for fresh waters, including groundwater, and management of the Department’s Regional Operation Centers. Provides direction on program priorities, establishes program administrative procedures, provides technical and policy input on rulemaking activities and rule implementation, and ensures that program expenditures are consistent with available budget.
Interacts with Division management to establish priorities for the programs, develop budgets, and help develop draft legislation, as needed, and coordinates with DEP programs and District offices, as well as local, state, and federal agencies, as needed.
Represents the Department in meetings and other activities with other DEP programs, federal, state and local government agencies and the public. Participates in technical work groups and technical advisory committees.
To perform these duties, the position requires an understanding of the scientific principles of hydrology, water quality, aquatic ecology, wastewater and storm water engineering, and watershed management. In addition, the position requires a detailed understanding of the Department’s rules and programs. As Program Administrator, the position coordinates the activities of professional staff, including assigning projects, establishing work priorities, ensuring timely completion of work assignments, and completing administrative paperwork.
Performs other duties as directed.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to travel and maintain a valid driver’s license.
- Ability to coordinate an environmental program.
- Ability to determine work priorities and ensure proper completion of work assignments
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Ability to understand and apply applicable, rules, statutes, regulations, policies and procedures relating to environmental programs
- Ability to solve problems and make decisions.
- Ability to assess budgetary needs
- Ability to formulate policies and procedures
- Ability to prepare technical reports.
- Ability to collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret scientific or technical data
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work effectively as a leader, facilitator, and manager.
- Ability to provide effective leadership, vision, and motivation of staff.
- Ability to motivate and manage employees and teams
- Knowledge of DEP policies and procedures
- Knowledge of Federal and State laws and rules, i.e., US EPA Clean Water Act
- Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences
- Knowledge of data collection and analysis principles and procedures
- A bachelor’s degree from a college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering and five years of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or engineering; or A master’s degree from a college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering and four years of professional experience as described above; or
- A doctorate from a college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering and two years of professional experience as described above; or
- Five years of experience coordinating the planning administration, data analysis and research activities of an environmental related program.
- Professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or engineering can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
- Valid Driver’s license. Travel. Successful completion of a level-2 background check with fingerprints.
Greg DeAngelo, Deputy Director
Phone: (850) 245-7609
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.