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Environment Specialist II

The State of Florida

Panama City ,  Florida

Intermediate first level work where the employee will perform assignments independently under limited supervision. The work requires applying scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized nature. Work will focus primarily in environmental resource compliance assurance, including wetland and other surface waters regulations. Position will also perform compliance assurance for the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System {NPDES) stormwater requirements. While it is expected that the position will primarily focus on environmental resources and NPDES, compliance responsibilities may also expand to other subject matters like air, water, wastewater, solid waste, and/or hazardous waste. The position will work out of the Northwest District Branch Office in Panama City, FL and will be responsible for compliance assurance in the surrounding geographical area.

Facility Compliance

  • In general, this position will conduct a variety of low to moderately complex inspections.
  • Plans and conducts inspections, site visits and other required field work. Reviews permitting files, reports and other documents applicable to the inspection, conducts calculations and technical evaluations as necessary to determine the compliance status of a facility.
  • Provides compliance assistance to regulated facilities before, during and after inspections. Conducts follow up visits as needed to assist facilities with returning to compliance without enforcement.
  • When necessary, recommends enforcement action. Drafts enforcement documents, and coordinates and leads enforcement meetings.
  • Responds to, investigates and takes steps to resolve complaints.
  • Reviews permit applications and draft permits, as necessary, to ensure the final permit meets State regulatory requirements.
  • Conceives, supports, participates and assists in the execution of compliance assistance workshops for the regulated community and District employee cross-training.

Training

  • Participates in office training events/activities to gain essential skills needed to determine the compliance status of regulated facilities. This includes participating in safety events, job shadowing, on the job training and team building initiatives as directed by management.
  • Is a self-advocate for training and partners with appropriate district staff to learn about multiple DEP program areas.

Report Processing

  • Produces timely and accurate documentation of inspections, site visits or field work.
  • Enters inspection documentation, compliance data and resolution actions into the designated database.
  • Reviews required reports, test reports and notices for regulated facilities. Ensures the reviews are accurate, completed timely and entered into the designated database. Processes reports in accordance with established program rules, requirements and policies.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Ability to develop and maintain an effective working relationship with the public, coworkers, consultants and other County, State or Federal Agencies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations {for example, tight deadlines, hostile individuals, emergency situations).
  • Ability to be flexible when experiencing change in personal work tasks, work structures, processes, or requirements.
  • Skill in negotiating or working with others to find mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Ability to look at situations from multiple perspectives .
  • Ability to contribute to maintaining the integrity of the Department by displaying high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Ability to use knowledge acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience.
  • Ability to use efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills.
  • Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, and determining resource requirements to achieve them.
  • Skill in identifying and solving problems.
  • Ability to understand and interpret written material, then apply what is learned to specific situations.
  • Ability to display a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner.
  • Ability to conduct inspections under a wide range of site conditions, sometimes requiring negotiating difficult terrain or working in harsh weather.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable State and Federal rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to environmental programs.
  • Skill in writing and preparing non-compliance letters, warning letters, notices of violations, consent orders and penalties related to State of Florida and Federal Environmental Rules and Regulations violations.
  • Skill in preparing, organizing and maintaining records to document activities, and preparing technical and evidential reports.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing or evaluating scientific data.
  • Ability to maintain valid driver license and travel.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and learn new software programs.

Preferred Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Skill in working with National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations.
  • Skill in working with State of Florida and Federal Environmental Rules and Regulations relating to environmental resource compliance (including wetland and other surface waters).

 Other job-related requirements for this position:

  • 4-year degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, environmental science or one of the natural sciences (Natural sciences are defined as programs of study for astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, meteorology, and physics.
  • Travel.
  • Complete initial OSHA 24-hour HAZWOPER and OSHA 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher annually thereafter.

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.



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