Environmental Specialist I

State of Florida Fort Myers, FL
Requisition No: 35624

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 64006643

Position Number: 64006643

Salary: $ 32,388.72-$36,000.00

Posting Closing Date: 05/22/2018

Two positions available

This is a Career Service professional Environmental Specialist position with the DOH in Lee County, Environmental Health division in the Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) program. The duties include performing work in the Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems program and Mobile Home/RV parks.

This position functions independently within the OSTDS program. The environmental specialist is expected to review residential applications, perform site evaluations, abandonment inspections, initial and final inspections of newly installed systems as well as repairs on systems. Field work involves heavy lifting and physical activity in an often strenuous environment. The specialist determines seasonal high water tables and seasonally inundated areas to determine system suitability and compliance with 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code and Florida Statutes. This position reviews plans and accepts and issues permits for residential systems. The incumbent may also be expected to assist in training new employees, review and inspect ATU or PBT systems and may be assigned additional duties such as specialized programs within the OSTDS department.

This position is responsible for inspecting and recommending any necessary enforcement action for the Mobile Home/RV Park program.

When requested the specialist may be required to meet or consult with clients, government officials, property owners, general contractors, engineers, septic tank contractors, and/or other interested parties regarding inspections and future development of sites to be served by an OSTDS. The position may also be required to present expert witness testimony and represent the department in legal proceedings involving noncompliant persons or facilities within Lee County.

The specialist is expected to perform inspections, (including sanitary nuisance complaints), investigations, and enforcement duties in environmental programs under the direction of the department supervisor to ensure compliance with public health standards. Program activities include but are not limited to OSTDS and mobile home/RV parks as well as other environmental programs.

The specialist is required to perform data entry of permit, inspection, and enforcement information into the Environmental Health Database (EHD) as needed. Daily Activity Records (DAR’s) must be updated daily into the Health Management System and biweekly time entry must be made in the People First website.

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

Incumbent will be assigned a county vehicle and will be responsible for maintaining and operating the vehicle per state and county regulations

Knowledge of basic of basic computer skills and Environmental Health Database (EHD), EHD Mobile App, Health Management System, and Hosted Fax

Knowledge and skill in using field equipment required including, but not limited to, operating a laser level, using an iPhone for maps/camera, shovel, auger, probes, Munsell Color Charts, drill, and other equipment deemed necessary to perform environmental health inspections

Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences

Knowledge of environmental principles, practices, and procedures

Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation & grammar usage

Knowledge of applied mathematics and of soils

Knowledge of standard business formats & styles for letters & business forms

Ability to operate general office equipment

Ability and skill in operating a personal computer

Ability to determine seasonal high water tables

Ability and skill to operate and care for a laser level and to use a shovel, tape measure, soil auger, and probes

Ability to understand, interpret, and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

Ability to understand and follow legislative policy direction as established in Florida Statutes

Ability to prepare technical reports

Ability to follow office procedures & practices

Ability to organize & maintain filing systems

Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous & effective manner

Ability to plan, organize & coordinate work assignments & communicate effectively verbally & in writing

Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationship with others

Ability to prioritize individual workload

Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time

Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds as needed

Ability to work outdoors with various temperature changes

Ability to walk for long periods of time or great distances

Ability to frequently use telephone, computer, copier, and small hand tools, i.e.; stapler, scissors, etc.

Ability to work with occasional loud noises

Ability to locate information that is listed alphabetically & numerically

Ability to follow instructions

Ability to review data for accuracy & completeness

Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision

Ability to deal with the public in a tactful and courteous manner

Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques


Bachelor's degree from an US accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering; or a doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):

Incumbent must be a Certified Environmental Health Professional or a Registered Sanitarian as required by Florida Statute 381.0101. Certification must be obtained within six months of hire and must be maintained every two years per statute.

Positions in the Department of Health responsible for performing environmental health and sanitary evaluations in a primary program are of environmental health require certification in accordance with Section 381.0101, Florida Statutes. Requirements for certification are found in 64E018.004(3), Florida Administrative Code and include a bachelor's degree from an US accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental health, environmental science, or a physical or biological science.

Other job-related requirements for this position:

Position requires a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 credit hours in a related science field.

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.

Valid state of Florida Driver’s license.

Taking Confidential Information Out of the Health Department: Prior permission is granted to remove and transport confidential information from the premises of DOH-Lee as defined in the current version of the FL DOH Information Security and Privacy Policy 7. Employee must maintain the minimum required information in their control at all times in a lockable device. Information should be returned to DOH-Lee, by the close of same business day. If not feasible, prior permission by the supervisor must be granted to keep information until the next business day.

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 (DOH) 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 Departments 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. Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).

Note: 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. Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions. 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: http://www.sss.gov

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. Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Myers

Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral

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