DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I – 37020844-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration


Requisition No: 167682 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I – 37020844-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37020844 

Salary:  $ 2,582.39 monthly (hiring at base of the position title) 

Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2020 

Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Biology Program

Toxicology Section


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Environmental Specialist I –

Position Number 37020844

Previous Applicants will be Considered 


The Biology Program is accepting applications for a full-time Career Service Environmental Specialist I position.


Summary of Duties: Performs aquatic toxicity tests using algae, invertebrate, and vertebrate test organisms in the Aquatic Toxicity Workgroup. Assists Senior Biologist in studies/special projects using toxicity testing and bioassay procedures. Participates in the design, evaluation and operation of testing of dischargers for compliance with state and federal regulations using aquatic toxicity tests. Trains analysts in bioassay techniques. Performs routine laboratory QA/QC and ensures that laboratory supplies are maintained for operational efficiency. Initiates resolution of laboratory issues including but not limited to instrument repair, culture problems, and test conflicts. Collects and transports samples from commercial carriers to the laboratory, including picking up samples on weekends. Maintains bioassay logbooks. 


Attend meetings and represents the Toxicity workgroup as needed. 


Performs Algal Growth Potential (AGP) and Limiting Nutrient (LN) tests.


Reviews and maintains Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance.


Assists with bioassay report writing.


Performs other work as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Essential):

1.  Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in biological research, analysis, or testing.

2.  Knowledge of the procedures, techniques, QA/QC, and equipment used in aquatic toxicity testing.

3.  Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.

4.  Skill in the use of computers, including Microsoft Office software, internet resources, or other computer programs.

5.  Ability to collect, record, and analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences.

6.  Ability to understand and follow verbal and written technical instructions for laboratory analysis, including Standard   Operating Procedures (SOPs) and QA/QC procedures.

7.    Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.

8.    Ability to calibrate and maintain laboratory equipment.

9.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

10.  Ability to use laboratory personal protective equipment and work with acids, acetone, and other chemicals.

11.  Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

12.  Ability to work independently and to work well in a group      

13.  Ability to maintain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License and travel.

14.  Ability to lift 50 pounds.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):  

      15. Knowledge of Whole Effluent Toxicity testing.


Position Requirements:  

A Bachelor’s Degree in one of the natural, physical or environmental sciences.

Valid State of Florida Driver’s License and travel.

Some weekend and holiday work.



Position location:                    Bob Martinez Center, Jerry E Brooks Environmental Laboratory

                                     2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400



Persons interested in applying for this position must submit a completed State of Florida Employment Application through the People First System.


For questions concerning this position, please contact:


Lauren Gottfreid, Environmental Manager

(850) 245-8166


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.