Company Name: State of Florida

Location: OCALA, FL, US - 34471


Requisition No: 149221 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I – 64082659

Position Number: 64082659 

Salary:  $30,992.00 

Posting Closing Date: 09/16/2020 



This position involves performing technical work in a comprehensive domestic waste program (OSDTS).  This Environmental Specialist I is responsible for performing a variety of professional, educational and investigational tasks in the promotion and enforcement of all above functions. Duties include the enforcement of Florida Statutes and Regulations prescribed in F.S. 381, 386, 403, and Florida Administrative Code Chapters 64E-6, 62-302, 62-520, 62-550, 62-555, or 62-560, 62-600, 62-701, respectively.  This position also is responsible for the determination of wet season water tables based on soil genesis and redoximorphic features such as gley colors and mottles. Incumbent will identify possible environmental impacts of proposed construction sites.  Much of the work assigned will be located in the two BMAP areas in Marion County.  These spring sheds have a special designation by DEP and are required to install nitrogen reducing septic systems.  General guidance is provided by an Environmental Administrator whom assigns work and evaluates performance with departmental policies.  A reliable vehicle and valid Florida driver’s license is required for this position.



This position requires that you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and university in natural science, willing to work outside in the elements every day, are not color blind and can lift a 60 lb. manhole with a hook.





This position is responsible for all aspects of OSTDS construction permitting.  This entails the locating of specific parcels with or without addresses.  Classification of soils to determine wet season water table and texture.  This soils information is used to write construction permits and directs installers on the elevation and square footage of drainfield. Septic system is the BMAP areas of Marion county are required to install nitrate reducing systems in certain circumstances. Investigates complaints filed by the public, related to unsanitary conditions in any programs under the authority of Environmental Health.  Notifies citizens harboring unsanitary conditions of the possible negative health and legal implications of improperly treated human wastes.  Initiates legal proceedings in accordance with Chapters 120, 381 and 386, Florida Statutes as required. Inspector assists in the inspection of IME/CW annual inspections and the collection of annual permit fees. 


Performs other duties as assigned.


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

  • Incumbent must be certified in OSTDS.
  • Incumbent must be able to lift 60 pounds (concrete septic tank man hole covers).
  • Incumbent must be able to force a 30 inch probe through the ground surface to locate and measure existing drainfields.
  • Incumbent must be able to utilize a laser level to determine reference points and drainfield fall.
  • Incumbent must be able to properly classify soils utilizing Munssel color chart and determine soil texture in the field using only tactile perception.
  • Incumbent must be able to estimate wet season water tables via USDA accepted redoximorphic features such as gley colors and/or mottles.
  • Incumbent must be able to work with contractors and the public to educate and enforce environmental regulations.
  • Incumbent must be able to utilize a windows based computer to perform data entry of inspections and complaints into the EHD system.
  • Incumbent must be able to drive a pickup truck responsibly while following written directions to unfamiliar locations.
  • Incumbent must be willing to work in the Florida weather, frequently very hot and humid but, also rain and cold.
  • Incumbent must be able to perform basic arithmetic functions needed to determine area of polygons, required drainfield, and septic tank volumes.
  • Incumbent must be able to work with little supervision and represent the DOH-Marion in a professional manner



This position requires a security background check and participation in direct deposit.


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. 




Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

•        State of Florida Retirement package – 3% employee contribution required

•        9 Annual paid holidays

•        Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)

•        Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)

•        Health insurance for individual or family coverage

•        Life insurance

•        Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.

•        Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available

•        Tuition waiver available


Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums.  Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!


Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $50

Family coverage is $180


Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $15

Family coverage is $64.30

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.