DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II – 37011129-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration


Requisition No: 167741 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: DEP-ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II – 37011129-Div of Env Asmnt & Restoration

Position Number: 37011129 

Salary:  $ 3,038.97 monthly (hiring at base for the position title) 

Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2020 

Previous Applicants will be Considered.

Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Biology Program


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Environmental Specialist I

Position Number 37011129



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


Summary of Duties:    Provides technical support in the Aquatic Toxicity Assessment laboratory.  Independently performs aquatic toxicity tests using algae, invertebrate and vertebrate test organisms.  Directs and assists analysts with all aspects of lab work under guidance of the Environmental Manager. Performs advanced studies using toxicity testing and bioassay procedures.  Maintains organism and algal cultures. 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.  Ensures that adequate laboratory supplies are maintained for operational efficiency.  Attends meetings and represents the Toxicology Subsection as needed.  Plans, organizes and coordinates monthly standard reference toxicity tests with regularly scheduled samples.  Initiates resolution of laboratory issues including but not limited to material repair, culture problems, and test conflicts.  Collects and transports samples to the central laboratory, including picking up samples on weekends from commercial carriers.  Maintains bioassay logbooks. 


Maintains an ecotoxicology database, retrieves and interprets analytical data, performs statistical analysis of results, and writes reports for management.  Contacts clients to obtain facility information.  Assists in review and modification of laboratory standard operating procedures.  Reviews bench sheets and logbooks to ensure accuracy and ongoing relevance.  Ensures that laboratory meets appropriate quality assurance requirements for certification. Participates in Pesticide Registration Evaluation Committee.


Maintains proficiency in Algal Growth Potential (AGP) and Limiting Nutrient (LN) analyses, coordinates and conducts AGP and LN analyses.


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. Knowledge of water quality test procedures.
  4. Skill in the use of computers, including Microsoft Office software, internet resources, or other computer programs.
  5. Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  6. Skill in reviewing data and technical information.
  7. Skill in planning, organizing, and coordinating work assignments.
  8. Ability to use laboratory personal protective equipment and work with acids, acetone, and other chemicals.
  9. Ability to collect, record, and analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences.
  10. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  11. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  12. Ability to operate a computer and utilize internet resources to obtain data relating to environmental toxicology.
  13. Ability to maintain valid driver’s license; travel.
  14. Ability to calibrate, do initial set up of, and maintain laboratory equipment. 
  15. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  16. Ability to solve/resolve problems with test organisms.
  17. Ability to work independently and to work well in a group.
  18. Ability to lift 50 pounds.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):  


  1. Knowledge of TNI/NELAC laboratory standards and the Florida Department of Health Laboratory Certification Program
  2. Knowledge of Whole Effluent Toxicity testing procedures
  3. Knowledge of Algal Growth Potential and Limiting Nutrient testing procedures


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.