Department of Health
ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 64028828
$1,402.64 biweekly $36,468.64 annually
Posting Closing Date:
Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County. If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join our team! Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.
Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Incumbent to obtain On Site Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS) Certification within the first six months of employment as a condition of employment.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering; or
A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences or engineering; or
Professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or engineering can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
This position performs specialized professional environmental work making independent decisions, performing site evaluations, research, permit application and project reviews for new and existing septic tank installations and repair permits for failing systems. This position is also responsible for inspection and permit issuance for onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) in industrial/manufacturing zones and inspection of septage haulers, portable toilet operations and septage land application sites. This position maintains a good working knowledge of all statutory and rule requirements. This position maintains a good working knowledge of all applicable codes and regulations involving these tasks and is capable of preparing and presenting legal cases.
Responsible for inspecting new and existing septic tank installations and properly completes all paperwork on approved systems. If the system is approved, notifies installer or applicant. Performs site evaluations for septic tank permit applications. Reviews the application for completeness, identifies environmental impact associated with proposed activities, assists in giving guidance and direction in the resolution of environmental issues, drafts proposed agency action. Coordinates the review and evaluation of proposed systems for consistency with department laws and regulations. Issues permit or sends denial letter after completion of the site test. Inspects failing septic systems and issues repair permits after completion of investigation. Performs site inspections of regulated systems to ensure compliance of regulations.
Conducts inspections and issues permits for industrial/manufacturing zone OSTDS, initiates enforcement actions by drafting non-compliance and warning letters.
Conducts sanitary nuisance complaint investigations. Responsible for gathering evidence and information to be utilized in legal actions.
Serves as backup to inspect septage haulers, portable toilet operations, septage land application areas and lime stabilization plants as required by applicable codes. Reviews federal and state environmental health laws and regulations for compliance, prepares reports, reviews to determine compliance with codes.
Conducts inspections and issues permits for aerobic treatment units, alternative systems designed and submitted by an engineer and performance based systems. Initiates enforcement actions by drafting non-compliance and warning letters.
Coordinates work with other Environmental Health staff and assists them in the different investigations and evaluations.
Attends at least two training sessions per rating period.
Reviews federal and state environmental health laws and regulations for projected impact on state operations.
Performs other related duties as requested/required.
Responsible for security and confidentiality of information present in the work environment.
Reports breaches of security to supervisor.
Responsible for securing the designated information set for the purposes of protecting confidentiality, data
integrity, and appropriate access, for all information, both confidential and public record, which is stored in
hard copy or electronic formats.
Valid Driver’s license required
Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).
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 (department) 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
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 - State pays 80% of premium
Life insurance – State pays 80% of premium
Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
Tuition waiver available
Important Notices- Please be advised:
Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days
Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade.
Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
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, visit ****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.
Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) to conduct this background check.
Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.
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 on the date of your retirement.
Direct deposit of salary is a condition of employment.
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-****, 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.