Requisition No: 236801
Agency: Department of Health
Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST 1 – 64006658 1
Position Number: 64006658
Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2020
This professional Environmental Specialist I position functions independently and performs duties under the direction of the Environmental Supervisor I of the Environmental Health Division of the Florida Department of Health in Lee County. This is primarily a field position responsible for the following programs: Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) and Mobile Home/RV parks. The incumbent in this position is considered to have regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Chapter 60L-36, Florida Administrative Code.
Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS): Regulate and enforce the laws and rules pertaining to: application plan review, site evaluation, system construction permitting, inspection, consultation, enforcement, and other activities which are associated with the construction, installation, maintenance, modification, abandonment, operation, use, or repair of an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system per Ch. 381.006(7) F.S.; Ch. 381.0065 F.S.; and Ch. 64E-6 F.A.C.
Perform inspections and nuisance complaint investigations, and initiate compliance and enforcement actions, when appropriate, for assigned locations 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, mobile home/RV parks, as well as other environmental programs.
Mobile Home/RV Park Program: Regulate and enforce the laws and rules pertaining to approved water and sewer connections, conditions propagating sanitary nuisances, and overcrowding to prevent environmentally transmitted disease per Ch. 381.006(14) F.S.; Ch. 513 F.S.; and Ch. 64E-16 F.A.C.
This position may be required to present expert witness testimony and represent the Department on legal proceedings involving noncompliant persons or facilities within Lee County.
Perform any other duties as assigned within the scope of environmental health as directed by the supervisor. Keep supervisor apprised of unusual activities or non-compliance issues. Enter Daily Activity Reports daily and submit time sheets as required. Attend DOH mandatory training prior to assigned deadlines.
- 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 computer skills, the Environmental Health Database (EHD) program, EHD Mobile App, and Hosted Fax
- Knowledge of field equipment required, including but not limited to, iPhone, shovel, auger, probes, laser level, and other equipment as deemed necessary to perform OSTDS inspections
- Ability to become a Certified Environmental Health Professional in OSTDS or a Registered Sanitarian and maintain certification
- Knowledge of environmental principles, practices, & procedures
- Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation & grammar usage
- Ability to operate general office equipment
- Ability to frequently use telephone, computer, copier, and small hand tools, i.e.: stapler, scissors, etc.
- Ability to follow office procedures & practices
- Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments
- Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous & effective manner
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally & in writing
- Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationships
- Ability to understand, interpret & apply applicable rules, regulations, policies & procedures
- Ability to prioritize individual workload
- Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time
- Ability to lift & carry up to 50 pounds as needed
- Ability to work with occasional loud noises indoors and/or outdoors
- Ability to work outdoors with various temperature changes
- Ability to walk for long periods of time or great distances
- 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 work with the public in a tactful and courteous manner
- Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQURIED –
- Bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering and two years of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; 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 area of environmental health require certification in accordance with Section 381.0101, Florida Statutes. Requirements for certification are found in 64E-18.004(3) and include a bachelor’s degree from an 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 from a U.S. accredited college or university 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.
- Incumbent must possess a valid Florida Driver License and have a motor vehicle to carry out these duties.
- Selected immunizations or titers and/or periodic screening for tuberculosis may be recommended for this position.
Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (B) Total hours in workweek 40+40.
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. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. 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..
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.