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Environmental Specialist 2

Location: 440 Court Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
The Environmental Specialist 2 is specialized work involving both technical field and office work in environmental land use management and site plan review. Areas of focus include habitat assessment and protection, wetland delineations, landscape review, and/or National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) enforcement within the Development Review Services Department. This position will be involved in the review, permitting, and/or enforcement of federal, state and local environmental laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations. Duties may include responsibility for evaluating site plans, conducting a variety of complex environmental habitat inspections, verifying arborist reports, planning, organizing and conducting site field assessments, and initiating enforcement activities. The position requires a thorough knowledge of environmental principles and practices and the ability to make determinations regarding environmental impacts and regulatory compliance.
Biweekly Medical Plan Premiums:
Employee Only: $11.43
Employee and Spouse or Domestic Partner: $131.90
Employee and Child(ren): $105.23
Family: $216.12

Essential Job Functions
  • Conducts complex site development plans and permit application reviews completing field investigations for compliance with environmental codes and ordinances.
  • Analyzes and verifies the integrity of environmental pollution control monitoring data, interprets the results of field tests
  • Performs field inspections and makes recommendations and limited decisions on the removal of protected vegetation and issues permits.
  • Evaluates ecological and environmental impact of pollution sources, determines regulatory compliance, initiates enforcement actions and develops reports on specialized studies.
  • Assists businesses, contractors, developers, engineers and the public with interpretation of environmental regulations and compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Attends meetings of various advisory boards, committees and regulatory agencies involving pollution control and environmental management.
  • Assists in the development of environmental management and natural resource conservation codes, ordinances, policies and regulations.
  • Investigates complaints and conducts field analysis and initiates enforcement actions for non-compliance with federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Reviews plans and specifications submitted for habitat management permits and ensures compliance.
  • Prepares and serves fine citations and appears in court as a witness.
  • Performs quality assurance tests and audits to ensure integrity of environmental data.
  • Conducts special environmental project studies on new state legislation and grants.
  • Coordinates work effort with other site plan reviewers and field inspectors. May direct the work of other colleagues in association with the review of a site plan.
  • Performs related work as assigned or required.
Position Specific Requirements
Experience - professional level experience in the assigned field of environmental management that includes team leader experience, supervision, or supervisory training.
  • At least 6 years of experience as described above or;
  • An associate degree with major course work in physical, natural or biological science, environmental engineering, or related field and at least 4 years of experience as described above or;
  • A bachelor’s degree with major course work in physical, natural or biological science, environmental engineering, or related field and at least 2 years of experience as described above or;
  • A master’s degree or higher with major course work in physical, natural or biological science, environmental engineering, or related field.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida Driver's License upon hire with eligibility based upon evaluation of a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) driving report.
  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
  • Must be a non-smoker and submit to periodic physical examinations for medical monitoring.
Highly Desirable
  • Familiarity with the review and evaluation of site plans.
  • Experience conducting site inspections. 
  • The ability to obtain arborist certification within 1 year, if not already certified.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of environmental management including specialized area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of natural, physical, and biological sciences.
  • Knowledge of the biological sciences and their relationship to environmental quality and land use planning.
  • Knowledge of Florida biology, native plants, and vegetation.
  • Knowledge of codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations relating to environmental management and ability to enforce them.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, sketches, maps, and aerial photos.
  • Ability to formulate and present ideas and findings clearly and concisely in written, oral, or graphic form.
  • Ability to conduct and participate in environmental studies, analyze information, and formulate recommendations based upon studies.
  • Ability to testify in court as an expert witness.
  • Ability to use small office equipment, computers, and highly technical computer applications.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of customers and members of the public in a respectful and diplomatic manner.
  • Ability to identify and recommend process improvements.
Physical/Mental Demands
The work is medium work which requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.
Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Visual ability: Sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; and to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.
Hearing ability: Sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recording on transcription device.
Speaking ability: Sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.
Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires me to be sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs.