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Enviornmental Specialist I

The State of Florida

Temple Terrace ,  Florida

Summary of Duties:

  • Performs biological assessment and water quality sampling in freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems for the Water Quality Assessment Program. Water quality sampling is conducted on both surface and groundwater. Biological assessments may include taxonomic analysis of freshwater, estuarine and marine flora and fauna. Participation in FDEP training and certifications are required to conduct water quality data collection and specialized floral and faunal biological assessments, including the Stream Condition Index, Biorecon, Lake Vegetation Index, Rapid Periphyton Survey, Linear Vegetation Survey, and Stream and Lake Habitat Assessments. Performs logistical planning in coordination with other personnel for field sampling events using GIS, internet, mapping programs, databases and other available sources. Performs office and field reconnaissance as needed prior to sampling events.
  • Performs data accuracy reviews on all data collected following QA/QC protocols. Enters and/or uploads biological, physical and chemical data into various data storage and retrieval systems. Assists with data analysis and reporting of biological, chemical and physical data for surface water environments.
  • Provides technical assistance to the local DEP District with sampling and other monitoring or bioassessment needs. Conducts complaint investigations as requested for non-point source or point source related water pollution violations, such as fish kills, algae blooms, reports of odor, foam, etc. These activities should be coordinated through the regional manager and prior approval should be acquired. Responds in a timely manner to inquiries from the public, the media and elected officials, per established agency guidelines and procedures. Provides action item reply within required timeframes. Attends program training as necessary. Assists in the training of newer personnel.
  • Organizes and maintains equipment and other sampling gear. This includes organization of field projects, keeping inventory of coolers, kits and supplies needed for projects; cleaning of laboratory space, vehicles, and equipment. Performs maintenance or facilitates maintenance on sampling equipment.
  • Performs other duties as required and as necessary. May volunteer to snorkel. Participation in Boater safety training is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Essential):

  • Ability to collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret scientific or technical data. 
  • Ability to understand and interpret applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures. 
  • Skill in operating small powerboats. 
  • Ability to use personal computers. 
  • Ability to prepare technical reports. 
  • Knowledge of Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code Rules relating to the environmental program area. 
  • Ability to determine work priorities and ensure proper completion of work assignments. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and respectful manner. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. 
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to be adaptable, flexible, resourceful and to maintain a positive outlook. 
  • Knowledge of terminology, principals and analytical techniques of the physical and natural sciences. 
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and sampling techniques for measuring surface and ground water quality.
  • Ability to perform field biology and water quality sampling techniques, including wading, snorkeling, and traversing difficult wetland terrain.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Class E Florida driver’s license and travel. 
  • Ability to maintain or complete training on functional use of ESRI GIS software, MS Office software; Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and DEP proprietary software; SBIO, LIMS and the Report Tracker.
  • Skilled in the operation and calibration of water quality field instruments.
  • Ability to understand and interpret quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) rules, policies, and protocols.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):

  • Abiility to operate 4x4 vehicles in off road situations
  • Ability to become Habitat Assessment (HA), Stream Condition Index (SCI), Lake Vegetation Index (LVI), Rapid Periphyton Survey (RPS), and Linear Vegetation Survey (LVS) certified.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science or other natural science or a minimum of 3 years’ experience conducting water quality and/or biological monitoring.

Position Requirements:

  • Travel
  • A valid Class E Driver’s License
  • Must have prior approval and meet the snorkeling requirements in the DEP Underwater Operations Manual.


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