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MyFlorida ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37010790 in TALLAHASSEE, Florida

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37010790

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location:

TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 744921

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 37010790

Position Number: 37010790

Salary: 43151.19

Posting Closing Date: 10/05/2022

Environmental Specialist III

State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

This advertisement may be used to fill multiple positions.

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:

This position is a Environmental Specialist III that will work as a Grant Manager for Florida stakeholders to develop and manage assigned cost-reimbursement agreements for projects selected for federal and state grant funding.manages federal and state funded projects geared toward reduction of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution throughout the state, primarily within Basin Management Action Plan areas. Typical projects selected for grant funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction of traditional stormwater treatment best management practices (e.g., wet retention ponds, modular wetlands, baffle boxes, etc.);

  • Construction of green stormwater infrastructure/low impact development practices (e.g., rain gardens, permeable pavement, tree boxes, etc.);

  • Abandonment of septic tanks to connect to sewer;

  • Demonstration of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) to reduce fertilizer use, reduce water consumption, and lower land use intensity; and

  • Public education/outreach campaigns to promote reducing personal pollution through behavior change (e.g., the Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Program).

  • ​​​​​​​ Provides technical assistance to local governments and their consultants in developing and managing projects through cost-reimbursement grant agreements. Managing a project from start to finish includes development of a scope of work, review of deliverables, processing payment requests and entering data within a grant management system.

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The Difference You Will Make:

Stormwater runoff is one of the leading contributors of water quality problems in Florida. Runoff flows over land or impervious surfaces instead of allowing rain to soak into the ground, picking up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, bacteria, nutrients, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. Population growth and urbanized areas are major contributors to the amount of pollutants in runoff. As a member of the NPS team, you will assist in selecting and implementing projects that reduce these pollutants from entering waterbodies. You may perform site visits to select projects so that you can personally connect with how these projects help local communities with water quality issues. The position also aids and coordinates with the other program areas of the Division in pursuit of the overall mission to preserve, restore and protect the water quality of Florida.

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.

The following duties will help you grow and develop efficiencies and improvements:

  • Professional development training opportunities related to effective stormwater treatment practices in Florida.

  • Ability to represent the Division at public meetings and interagency discussions.

  • Work with a warm and welcoming team that encourages growth at professional and program levels.

    Where You Will Work:

  • This position is located at 3900 Commonwealth Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida.

  • Tallahassee is a mid-sized city, the capital of the state of Florida, and is known for its beautiful parks and trails, rolling hills, canopied roads, museums, and natural resources.

  • It is located less than an hour from Gulf of Mexico beaches, the Apalachicola National Forest, the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, and waterbodies like bays, creeks, rivers, and springs to explore.

  • Tallahassee is also home to the following college campuses: Florida State University (FSU), Florida A & M University (FAMU), and Tallahassee Community College (TCC).

  • No state income tax for residents of Florida.

  • Percentage of time required to travel to perform mission critical duties, less than 10%.

    Pay:

    $43,151.19 yearly

    Your Specific Responsibilities:

    Serves as project manager for highly technical projects that have been awarded grant or contractual funds by the Department, particularly in the area of stormwater nonpoint source abatement/demonstration projects and water resource restoration. Provides technical assistance to governments and their consultants in the development of the grants and/or contract and scopes of work and as needed throughout the grant and/or contract period. Maintains, manages, processes and reports on the status of assigned projects from start to completion. Compiles, facilitates, and completes the internal/external evaluation, review, approvals, and processing of technical, scientific, financial, and administrative projects, as assigned.

    Participate and work effectively as a leader, facilitator, or member of Program or Section- approved teams created to facilitate the completion of tasks related to the implementation of watershed restoration, to improve the effectiveness of the operation of the program or to resolve process or work problems.

    Develop and critically analyze watershed restoration implementation strategies to reduce pollutants entering receiving waters and assure the protection or restoration of beneficial uses. Responsible for inspections of proposed, ongoing, and completed nonpoint source management projects, as time and budget allow, to ensure compliance with program requirements.

    Maintains project and funding data in the Enterprise Grants System Program Area Component to properly manage and track grant progress, so that reports submitted to leadership on grants awarded by the Department will be accurate.

    Depending on available campaigns and skills/interest/need, position may also participate in internal and/or external public education campaign development and implementation. Depending upon skills/interest/need, Position may also take on a budget role, reviewing invoices for the Program and helping reconcile overall grant funding.

    Perform other duties as assigned, which may include database entry, project management, and issue tracking.

    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 Career Service 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 .

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Department contracting procedures and policies.

  • Strong communication, coordination, and writing skills.

  • Ability to represent the Department appropriately in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Ability to independently plan, organize, and prioritize a complex workload to ensure timely completion of simultaneous high-quality work assignments, with minimal supervision.

  • Proficiency in use of computer software including Outlook, Word, and Excel.

  • Ability to attend to details, meet deadlines, maintain administrative files, and update tracking spreadsheets/databases.

  • Ability to compile, review and reconcile financial data for accuracy, completeness, and compliance.

  • Ability to prepare and critique technical documents.

  • Ability to participate effectively as a team member and develop and maintain working relationships with diverse groups of professionals.

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to frame and focus issues, reach conclusions, and develop recommendations for issue resolution to management.

  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and modify work activities in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

  • Ability to understand and apply State of Florida Statutes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and travel as required.

  • Ability to successfully complete training for Florida Certified Contract Manager designation.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • A valid driver’s license

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university or four years of relevant work experience.

  • Achieve and maintain a Florida Certified Contract Manager status within 6 months of hiring.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental, engineering, natural sciences, or business/finance management.

  • Knowledge of stormwater treatment practices and nonpoint source pollution management.

  • Experience in managing state agreements and contracts and the state procurement process.

  • Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM) status.

  • Knowledge of environmental issues and laws, especially as they relate to water and ecosystem issues in Florida.

  • Excellent communication and people skills.

  • Excellent organization and time management skills.

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For questions concerning this position, please contact:

Connie Becker, Environmental Administrator

Ph. 850-245-2945

Connie.L.Becker@FloridaDEP.gov

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 clickinghere (http://www.dms.myflorida.com/content/download/97612/566545) . All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market:Tallahassee

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