Environmental Specialist II

State of Florida

Jacksonville, FL, USA 🇺🇸

Requisition No: 740623 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II – 42005739

Position Number: 42005739 

Salary:  $38,429.56 – $40,350.96 

Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2022 

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II
 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES
 

OFFICE OF AGRICULTURAL WATER POLICY
 

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

The headquarters for this position is negotiable within Putnam, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Baker County.
 

CONTACT:
 

Stacey Simmons (386) 329-4208
 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
 

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences, engineering or allied health and one (1) year of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; engineering; or allied health; or
 

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences, engineering or allied health; or
 

A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences, engineering or allied health; or
 

One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist I with the State of Florida.
 

Professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; engineering, or allied health can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
 

Requires possession of a valid Driver License.
 

***ATTENTION CANDIDATES***
 

To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
 

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed (an attached resume is not a substitution for the information required on the candidate profile).
  • Work history, duties and responsibilities, hours worked, supervisor, and formal education fields, etc. must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values

and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified

 individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
 

Occasional overnight travel required.
 

NOTES:
 

Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.
 

In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the FDACS Standards of Conduct, as well as any and all FDACS and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.
 

JOB DUTIES:
 

This is a professional team-oriented intermediate level position under direction of the Environmental Manager located in the Volusia Field Office.  The Environmental Specialist II will assist in implementing Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practices (BMP) program established by the Florida Watershed Restoration Act by working with agricultural producers to enroll, implement and verify compliance with BMPs.

Conduct BMP enrollments with agricultural producers using commodity specific manuals, checklists and other tools according to the Enrollment Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).  This includes performing on-site field evaluations of agricultural operations to identify and implement applicable BMPs and conservation practices. Effectively communicate the producer’s obligation under the BMP program as defined by FS 403.067, FAC 5M-1 and any other site-specific statutes and rules.  Duties include identifying applicable projects and practices for cost share and implementation. 

Assist with conducting Implementation Verification (IV) site visits every 2 years for enrolled producers according to the IV SOP, as assigned by supervisor.  An IV includes performing on-site field evaluations of agricultural operations to confirm compliance with their site specific BMPs as established during the enrollment and updating enrollment to reflect changes in the operation. This process requires analysis of fertilizer records for compliance with University of Florida-IFAS (UF-IFAS) nutrient application rates and the evaluation and collection of producer’s nutrient data.  The IV evaluation involves a determination of compliance with the BMP program and may involve the implementation of corrective measures by the producer.

Assist producers with submitting cost share applications for qualifying projects that provide improve water quality and/or water conservation.  Manage producer cost share agreements in accordance with the applicable cost share contracts and the Cost-Share SOP.  Verify implementation of cost share projects and submit requests for reimbursement. 

Assist in delivery of information to and input from the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, resource conservation and development districts, UF-IFAS technical assistance needs, regulatory benefits, research and demonstration, and other aspects of basin-specific plans.  These include assisting Environmental Manager by helping plan, and then participate in meetings, workshops, field days, and distribution of printed and electronic materials.
 

Perform other job-related tasks as needed or assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILIITES:
 

  • Ability to access digital information and prepare documents using a personal computer with basic understanding of the internet, GIS, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office products including Outlook scheduling.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices and techniques related to agricultural BMPs and conservation including nutrient management, irrigation management and water resource protection.
  • Ability to interact with the public in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently to plan, organize, coordinate and complete assignments in a timely manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to conduct inspections in agricultural production areas with uneven ground.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

SPECIAL NOTES:

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: Jacksonville


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