Environmental Consultant

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Tallahassee, FL, USA 🇺🇸

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

Requisition No: 624967

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT – 37020901

Position Number: 37020901

Salary: $46,300.00 – $54,000.00 (Commensurate with experience)

Posting Closing Date: 05/23/2022

Environmental Consultant – 37020901

State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Career Service â€“ Open Competitive Opportunity

PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT 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:

  • Position Title: Environmental Consultant
  • Organization: Division of Water Resources Management
  • Description: This is a professional position responsible for implementing administrative and technical aspects of the Onsite Sewage Program on a statewide basis.
  • Responsibilities: The incumbent provides statewide training, technical assistance and rule consultation to Department of Health County health departments and other program stakeholders. Performs program evaluations and serves as a mediator for Department of Health county health departments and stakeholders.
     

The Difference You Will Make:

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 and surface water resources, as well as public health, by providing oversight over the implementation of the statewide Onsite Sewage Program.

This position, by providing training and promoting consistency in the implementation of the statewide Onsite Sewage Program, plays a critical role in helping ensure Florida’s groundwater and surface water resources, as well as public health, are protected.

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 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:

$46,300.00 – $54,000.00 (Commensurate with experience)

Your Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provides statewide training, standardization courses and conducts regional CHD OSTDS consistency meetings. Serves as instructor for Accelerated Certification Training. Administers examinations. Evaluates and standardizes CHD OSTDS field staff.
  • Provides technical assistance and interpretations of health and environmental statutes and rules to county health departments, other agencies, professionals, industry, and the general public. Assists in development, coordination, and implementation of statewide policies and procedures for environmental health onsite sewage programs.
  • Performs evaluations of CHD OSTDS programs and special projects to ensure compliance with law and rule.
  • Investigates complaints and mediates disputes in the OSTDS program area from CHDs, other agencies, septic tank contractors, land developers, builders and interested citizens. Coordinates on enforcement issues, including septic tank contractor complaints.
  • Represents the section at departmental, professional and civic meetings regarding the onsite sewage program. Serves as department witness in legal and administrative proceedings.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and field experience with installation or regulation of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments to meet department goals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Department staff, other agency staff and the public.
  • Ability to travel outside the Tallahassee area.
  • Skill in using word processing and spreadsheet applications, as well as relational databases.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Nine (9) years of related 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.
  • Five years of experience coordinating the planning administration, data analysis and research activities of an environmental related program.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to become a Certified Environmental Health Professional in the area of Onsite Sewage or a Registered Sanitarian within four months of hiring.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active certification as Certified Environmental Health Professional in the area of Onsite Sewage.
  • Field experience with installation or regulation of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems in Florida.
  • Training in the identification of soil redoximorphic features as applied to the determination of seasonal high-water tables.
  • Formal training in soil science.
  • Experience teaching and/or evaluating skills for onsite sewage field work

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:

[email protected]

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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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