Environmental Specialist I-III - Polk County

Position Information
Organization: Polk County
Category: Scientist
Position Status: Full-Time
Position Title: Environmental Specialist I-III

Position Description:

MAJOR FUNCTION: Skilled and technical professional to perform technical scientific duties for various aspects of water resource management, including field, laboratory and office work related to NPDES permit and water resources.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES: Environmental Specialist I-III - Conduct field inspections of storm sewer system outfalls, maintain storm water monitoring equipment and collect samples of discharges during storm events. Inspection of industrial facilities to evaluate the potential for discharge of pollutants in storm water. Investigation of complaints on water quality and discharge of pollutants to receiving waters. Maintain a computer databases and records on inspections and investigations. Initiate enforcement of local ordinances and cooperate with federal, state and local officials in regard to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit program.

Assist in data collection, monitoring and evaluation of environmental samples and data relative to Water Resources projects and the preparation of technical reports. Review of permit applications and development proposals regarding the impact on Polk County's water resources. Review and interpret federal, state and local regulations and provide comment on proposed legislation and ordinances related to water management. Assist in the preparation and presentation of educational information to county employees and the general public. Perform other related duties as required.

  • NPDES structural control inspections

    • Structural controls include and are not limited to baffle box, catch basket and discharges of large stormwater ponds

  • NPDES industrial inspections

  • MS4 Outfall inspections

    • Outfalls (major and minor outfalls) discharging to waters of the state

  • Complaint inspections regarding surface waters and related environmental complaints

    • Internal, external investigation, documentation and resolution

  • Best Management Practices (BMP) inspection, operation and maintenance of stormwater facilities

    • Alum plant weekly inspection and maintenance

    • Monthly baffle boxes (coordinate cleanout)

    • Dry detention pond maintenance

  • County permitted projects (assistance and inspections)

    • Construction permits and inspections of county water quality projects

    • Recertification/inspection of county stormwater related treatment structures

  • Education and Outreach

    • Coordinate FDEP Erosion & Sediment Inspector Certification Class two times per year

    • Illicit discharge classes to co-permittee

    • Public and school related education/outreach such as nature festivals, Great American Teach-In, science fair judging, etc.

    • Summarize activities for annual NPDES report

  • Stormwater auto-sampling program with ISCO pump equipment: evaluate locations, implement and analyze data gathered

  • Algae Screening Program

    • Ability to identify harmful algal bloom species

    • Assist in the evaluation of baseline HAB data and design action items

  • Oversight of wetland treatment areas: provide habitat management, grass cutting, litter removal, public access and maintain native vegetation. Create reports and maps to track and provide updates of treatment. Coordinate Sheriff’s patrols as needed.

  • Assist in biological assessments: evaluation, design and implementation of manage biological components for improved water quality

    • Lake vegetation index (LVI) and stream condition index (SCI)

    • Freshwater mussels evaluation and assessment and role in water quality improvement

    • Fisheries evaluation

    • Investigate other biological components that affect the water quality of the system

  • Vegetation management of water bodies for water quality: conduct evaluations, make recommendations and apply treatments to improve the health of the system

  • Maintain County waterway navigation signs

  • Other Duties as necessary to support the Land and Water Team

Position Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Environmental Specialist I: Graduate of an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in physical or natural science. Must have valid driver's license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver's license at the time of employment within this classification. Must have a minimum of two (2) years experience in natural areas management, water resources management or related field or a Master’s Degree in physical or natural science may be substituted for two (2) years of experience. A comparable amount of training and related experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

Environmental Specialist II: Graduate of an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in physical or natural science. Must have valid driver's license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver's license at the time of employment within this classification. Must have a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in natural areas management, water resources management or related field or a Master’s Degree in physical or natural science may be substituted for two (2) years of experience. A comparable amount of training and related experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

Environmental Specialist III: Graduate of an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in physical or natural science. Must have valid driver's license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver's license at the time of employment within this classification. Must have a minimum of six (6) years experience in natural areas management, water resources management or related field or a Master’s Degree in physical or natural science may be substituted for two (2) years of experience. A comparable amount of training and related experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

SPECIAL PREFERENCES: Environmental Specialist I, II & III - Preference will be given to individuals with the following:

  • Experience with surveying and identification of Central Florida flora and fauna.

  • Experience in conducting inspections and working under NPDES permit program.

  • Experience in water quality sampling and using automatic water samplers.

  • Experience in public speaking and environmental education.

  • Experience with ArcGIS and mapping applications on computer tablets.

  • Public Applicator License in Aquatic Pest Control and/or Natural Areas Weed Management

Salary Information:

Environmental Specialist I - $17.76/hr. - $26.51/hr. ($36,940.80 - $55,140.80/annually)

Environmental Specialist II - $19.19/hr. - $28.65/hr. ($39,915.20 - $59,592.00/annually)

Environmental Specialist III - $20.62/hr. - $30.81/hr. ($42,889.60 - $64,084.80/annually)

How to Apply: Click here to apply.

Organization Information
Organization: Polk County
Point of Contact: Greg Knothe
Address: 4177 Ben Durrance Road
City: Bartow
State: Florida
Zip Code: 33830
Phone: 863-534-7377
Email: [email protected]