Job Responsibilities : ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT
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Company : The State of Florida
Location : 250 Marriott Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32301 US
Requisition No: 789754
Agency: Environmental Protection
Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT – 37010315-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration 1
Position Number: 37010315
Salary: $4073.04 Monthly
Posting Closing Date: 12/27/2022
State of Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
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 Environmental Consultant 37010315 is in the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration’s Water Quality Standards Program Standards Development Section in Tallahassee and will be responsible for planning evaluating and coordinating changes to surface water quality standards. Duties include review of State water quality standards as required by the Clean Water Act providing information to stakeholders about the applicable water quality standards and classifications and reviewing requests for standards changes and other technical water quality-related information.
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 provide the department and other resource agencies with the highest quality laboratory services available; provide technical support to the department and the public regarding water quality analysis and data quality assurance (QA); manage water quality data repositories for data storage and use by the department other agencies and the public; and 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.
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.
Your Specific Responsibilities:
This is an advanced professional and scientific position planning evaluating and coordinating changes to surface water quality standards. Duties include review of State water quality standards as required by the Clean Water Act providing information to stakeholders about the applicable water quality standards and classifications and reviewing requests for standards changes and other technical water quality-related information.
Prepare and submit rulemaking public and OFARR notices consistent with the requirements of Chapter 120. Provide technical expertise in support of the refinement of existing or development of new surface water quality standards including designated uses surface water classifications criteria and the antidegradation policy. Provide technical input on rule development and implementation.
Writes edits and reviews technical reports in support of surface water quality standards change.
Provide scientific review statistical evaluation and interpretation of biological and chemical environmental data and of environmental reports in support of Section Program and Division projects.
Review and provide comments on petitions or requests for site specific standards changes including site specific alternative criteria. Level II WQBELs reclassification and Outstanding Florida Waters designation.
Provide advice and assistance on water quality standards to other Department staff and the public.
Assists in intra-Program coordinated projects requiring section expertise as assigned by supervisor.
Conducts environmental field sampling for a wide array of highly sophisticated physical chemical and biological parameters according to DEP Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) following DEP protocols and QA procedures. Participate in field-related training events.
Performs other duties as required.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to understand interpret and explain State and Federal Water Quality Regulations
- Ability to organize complex work assignments with little supervision.
- Educational background related to environmental biological physical or health sciences.
- Ability to prepare technical reports.
- Ability to evaluate analyze and interpret scientific or technical data in the context of appropriate water quality standards.
- Knowledge of computer software programs including Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Ability to deal with the public in a tactful and courteous manner.
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- Ability to communicate with the public in formal settings.
- Ability to participate in intensive field work conditions.
- Ability to maintain a valid Driver’s License.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in one of the following fields: Environmental Biological Physical or Health sciences AND two years of environmental science work experience OR a master’s degree from an accredited university in one of the following fields: Environmental Biological Physical or Health sciences.
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Knowledge of Chapter 120 rulemaking deadlines and processes.
- Knowledge of Florida’s surface water quality standards in Chapter 62-302 F.A.C. and EPA water quality standards regulations.
- Experience organizing and/or facilitating virtual and in-person public meetings/workshops.
- Experience with ESRI GIS web mapping applications statistical software.
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.
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.