Environmental Specialist III (Agricultural Water Policy)

State of Florida

FL, USA 🇺🇸

Requisition No: 421183 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III – 42003368 1

Position Number: 42003368 

Salary:  $40,948.18 – $43,814.68 

Posting Closing Date: 07/23/2021 





The headquarters for this position is negotiable within Charlotte, Lee and Collier County.


Matt Warren (863) 448-9477


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 two (2) years 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 and one (1) year of professional experience as described above; or

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

Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist I or higher 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.


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

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields 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.


Occasional overnight travel may be required.


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.


This is a highly technical and professional team-oriented position under direction of the supervisor in the Office of Agricultural Water Policy (OAWP) Hardee Field Office, assisting with the coordination and implementation in the South West Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and the agricultural component of the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) programs established by the Florida Watershed Restoration Act, working in close cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), water management districts (WMDs), soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs), and private landowners.

Conduct BMP implementation verifications in the South West Florida Water Management district Springs BMAP area, and other WMD areas.  Duties may include soil sampling, data collection, analysis, implementation status determination, corrective measure determination, progress tracking, and report writing.

Implement the FDACS responsibilities under the Florida Watershed Restoration Act  through producer enrollment in the Best Management Practice (BMP) program and through coordination with the WMDs, Agricultural Advisory Committees, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, FDEP district staff, local SWCDs, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), and key agricultural industry associations (e.g., Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Strawberry Growers Association, and the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association).   This includes conducting BMP Notice of Intent (NOI) enrollments by performing on-site field evaluations of agricultural operations using BMP manuals, checklists, and other tools to assist producers. The primary focus for this would be livestock, specialty fruit and nut, nursery, citrus, equine, and row crop operations.  Duties in support of this would include generating maps, data collection and analysis, and cross-checking parcel identification information, as appropriate.       

Manage producer cost share agreements in accordance with the applicable cost share contracts and cost share SOP.  Perform on-site evaluations of specific soil and water conservation-related projects during and after BMP construction or implementation. Assist with mapping cost share projects using the BMP mapping application, as needed. Assist producers in coordination of cost share from various sources to implement BMPs as needed.

Perform other job duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of data collection and analysis principles.
  • Ability to use personal computers.
  • Prepare technical reports.
  • Deal with the public in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Communicate effectively and plan.
  • Organize, coordinate and complete assignments in a timely manner.


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.  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.