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Requisition No: 227443 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER I – 37001439 1 1

Position Number: 37001439 

Salary:  $53,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/02/2020 

Program Overview:

The Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection is seeking a Coastal Engineer. This is a full-time Professional Engineer I position in the Coastal Engineering and Geology Group, which provides technical expertise and assistance to the beach and inlet management, and regulatory programs, of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (ORCP). Technical expertise is provided in coastal hydrodynamics, sediment processes, and geology, and the related principles and practices of coastal engineering and geotechnical analysis. The staff provides technical support for Florida’s beach erosion control program through evaluations of coastal conditions, including historical shoreline changes and storm impact assessments, through evaluations of proposed beach and inlet management activities, and through analysis of project monitoring data. The coastal engineering staff supports the ORCP's environmental regulatory programs by conducting engineering and geotechnical reviews of proposed activities. Staff conducts or manages applied research initiatives and other program development projects that provide technical guidance for ORCP policies regarding engineering and environmental design issues facing the beach management program in Florida. The staff develops shoreline, inlet and project monitoring guidelines and methodologies. It organizes, inventories, and provides shoreline change information with associated documentation. It provides consultation and assistance with analytical procedures, methodologies, models and computer programs for coastal engineering analysis purposes.


Specific Duties of Position:

  • Conducts coastal engineering reviews as lead engineer of assigned Joint Coastal Permit applications, and beach and inlet management planning and engineering reports and associated scopes of work. 
  • Conducts computer numerical modeling studies of high-frequency beach-dune erosion and storm tide predictions; conducts numerical modeling of storm tide circulation and inundation using comparative models; assists with the development of hydrographic monitoring data collection and processing.
  • Conducts coastal process analysis and preparation of reports and planning recommendations for regional beach and coastal inlet systems in collaboration with staff.  Assists in periodic beach and inlet shoreline assessments to evaluate current beach erosion conditions for updating of the Critical Erosion Report.  Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, such as technical criteria of coastal engineering design analysis necessary to demonstrate with reasonable assurance the expected effect of proposed activities on the coastal system.  Serves on technical advisory committees and/or as project manager for projects and studies as assigned. 
  • Develops and maintains knowledge, skills and abilities in coastal engineering; and knowledge of the statutes, rules, and policies related to coastal construction and environmental resources, pursuant to Chapters 161, 373, and 403, Florida Statutes. Represents the Department in administrative hearings as an expert in coastal engineering.
  • Conducts on-site inspections to investigate site conditions necessary to evaluate beach and inlet management projects undergoing review.  Conducts post-storm impact assessments to evaluate the effects of major storm events on coastal construction and beach and dune resources.  Assists in the preparation of post-storm reports and recovery plans.  The incumbent of this position is a member of DEP’s Disaster Response Team and in that capacity may be required, on short notice, to perform duties and necessary attendant travel in support of disaster relief efforts


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Knowledge and ability to learn concepts, technology, principles, and analytical techniques of coastal engineering; engineering design and construction of coastal shore protection structures; coastal geology and geological processes.
  • Skills and knowledge required include an understanding of numerical modeling of coastal processes, mathematical and statistical applications, data processing and programming.
  • Skills in technical writing and communicating engineering information effectively.
  • Ability to plan, evaluate and investigate engineering works and systems; apply engineering quantitative techniques; monitor and inspect projects; plan and conduct the review of engineering and design of projects.
  • Ability to travel, conduct field investigations and collect technical data.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to learn Florida coastal construction regulatory and beach/inlet management policies.


Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in civil or coastal engineering, or engineering technology with coastal track course concentration, or related coastal studies degree.

A licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida or ability to obtain license upon employment through reciprocity with licensure in another state.

A valid driver’s license.


DEP offers an excellent array of benefits, including:                     

Health insurance for individual or family (HMO and PPO options with premiums starting as low as $50 per month)

Life insurance

Dental, vision and supplemental insurance      

Retirement benefits      

Vacation and sick leave

Paid holidays

Opportunities for career advancement

Tuition waiver for state university and Florida College System courses

Training opportunities

Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts


Contact Information:

Robert Brantly, P.E.

Program Administrator

Coastal Engineering and Geology Group

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

Department of Environmental Protection






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. 

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