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Environmental Specialist II

Requisition No: 627484 
Agency: Department of Health
Position Number: 64002393 
Salary: $36,000 - $42,000 Annually 
Posting Closing Date: 05/16/2022 
Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join our team! Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.
The incumbent is part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida Department of Health in Polk County in its mission to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts and its vision to be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness and Excellence in all aspects of their work.  
Your Specific Responsibilities:
Petroleum cleanup site manager. Manages the performance of contamination assessment, remedial action, and monitoring activities for state-funded rehabilitation projects and non-program petroleum discharges under contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP), and under the requirements of Chapter 62-780, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by Department’s Standards of Conduct, as well as and all departmental and /or work unit rules, directive, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.
Site management
Develops site specific scopes of work for state-funded restoration with the assistance of technical support personnel for development into purchase requisitions under the FDEP PRP’s program guidelines. Provides recommendations for corrective actions, negotiates changes in the scope of work as required and prepares change orders. Prepares draft correspondence for issuance of FDEP Site Orders. Monitors the effectiveness of the rehabilitation of the site and the consultant’s performance in accomplishing established goals in a cost-effective and timely manner. Monitors and makes recommendations on the rehabilitation of contaminated sites not eligible for state funding (non-program sites). Advises the owner and consultant regarding cleanup strategy and required progress towards site closure. Maintains files and documentation of these activities in local program site files and also directly inserts documents into the FDEP Document Management System (OCULUS) electronic record. Manages data entry into the FDEP Storage Tank and Petroleum Contamination Monitoring (STCM) database within established timeframes. Will be direct contact for difficult sites needing technical and detail design and monitoring including large Remedial Action Construction (RAC) sites.
Deliverable reviews
Performs reviews of technical reports documenting site remediation activities, monitoring and progress towards site rehabilitation. Works closely with technical professionals (P.E. and P.G.) to address technical questions needing appropriate responses to contractors. Issues approval and comment letters addressing the standard of completed work and contractor recommendations for the ongoing site strategy. Reviews and approves contractor invoices for completed work at state-funded sites. 
Site inspections
Will be responsible for and lead scheduling and performing inspections of managed sites to document the status and condition of installed remediation equipment and monitoring wells, along with general site conditions. Completes FDEP inspection forms and takes documentation photographs for inclusion in the file record and OCULUS.
Completes time reporting documentation, required training and other administrative functions. Will be lead training mentor working with Environmental Manager to develop mentoring program for new site managers. Will be responsible for all vehicle reporting, scheduling, and maintenance (Vehicle Coordinator). Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor. 
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of general applications of chemistry, geology, physical and mechanical principles in environmental projects. 
  • Knowledge of environmental field work, engineering and design principles, tools and equipment.
  • Skill in computer applications including document preparation, use of detailed spreadsheets, and extensive databases.
  • Skill in communicating tactfully and effectively with clients and the general public, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in organizing files, records, and other materials, in both paper and electronic filing systems.
  • Ability to review detailed technical and analytical data for accuracy and the use of correct sampling procedures.
  • Ability to follow instructions, work independently, and to organize, prioritize and schedule necessary tasks.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to navigate and input information in databases.
Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the Physical or Natural Sciences or Engineering
Other job-related requirements for this position:
Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
Confidentiality: Incumbent may have access to records containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job duties.
Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Depending on unit needs, some flexible schedule hours may be possible. This is by formal arrangement only, with supervisor and administrative approval needed.
Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:
To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.
nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.
Where You Will Work:
Bartow, FL 
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
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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!
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Please be advised:
Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  
This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 
Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: 
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 
The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   
Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 
Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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. 
Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    
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. 

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