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Req No:  42003369-51151073-20140929100007    Agency Name:  Agriculture and Consumer Services 



Working Title:  ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III Broadband/Class Code:  19-2041-02 Position Number:  42003369-51151073 Annual Salary Range:  $40,948.18 - $55,000.00 Announcement Type:  Open Competitive



Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB008

Closing Date:  1/21/2015


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Vanessa Bessey

1835 Highway 441 SE, Suite B

Okeechobee, Florida 34974

(863) 462-5881




A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in life science, natural science or agriculture and three (3) years of experience in one of these areas or an area of similar capacity.


Experience with the agriculture industry and/or knowledge of water resources issues can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the requested college education.


This position requires possession of a valid Driver License.


The recommended candidate for this position will be required to undergo a Level 2 background check as a condition on employment.


***Information contained in responses to qualifying questions concerning education and knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed on the State of Florida Employment Application.***




The headquarters for this position is negotiable within one (1) of the following counties: Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, Osceola or Polk.




This is a highly technical and professional team-oriented position in the Office of Agricultural Water Policy's (OAWP) SW Northern Everglades Office, assisting with the coordination and implementation of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program (NEEPP) and the agricultural component of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program established by the Florida Watershed Restoration Act.  The incumbent will work in close cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Water Management Districts (WMDs), Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), and private landowners.


Assist in implementing the department's responsibilities under the Florida Watershed Restoration Act and the NEEPP through producer enrollment into the BMP implementation program and through coordination with the WMDs, Agricultural Advisory Committees, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, FDEP district staff, local SWCDs, and key agricultural industry associations (e.g., FFVA, FFB, FSGA, FNGA) within the WMD boundaries. This includes conducting Best Management Practices Notice of Intent enrollments by performing on-site field evaluations of agricultural operations using BMP manuals, checklists and other tools to assist producers. The primary focus would be livestock, citrus and row crop operation in south and southwest Florida within the NEEPA boundaries. Enrollments outside of the NEEPA boundary will also occur, however the focus shall be within the NEEPA boundary. Duties in support of this would include generating maps, data collection and analysis, and cross-checking parcel identification information as appropriate. Follow up with BMP enrollees within 90 days of NOI submittal.


Assist in the implementation of any Memoranda of Understanding, contracts, or plans developed to address basin -specific TMDLs and related BMPs, including research and demonstration of improved nutrient management practices. This may involve coordination among various agencies and technical committees, producer outreach, and stakeholder participation.


As assigned, serve as the OAWP local representative in area Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) meetings and activities. Assist in carrying out the OWAP responsibilities under adopted BMAPs.


Assist in delivery of information to and input from the SWCDs, resource conservation and development districts, IFAS extension, and the local agricultural community on non-regulatory strategies, cost share and other incentives, technical assistance needs, regulatory benefits, research and demonstration, and other aspects of basin-specific plans. This includes coordination and/or participation in meetings, workshops, field days, and distribution of printed and electronic materials.


Perform on-site evaluations of specific Soil and Water Conservation-related projects during and after BMP construction or implementation. Assist in developing and implementing a BMP implementation assurance program for the NEEPP and coordinate related duties with the agricultural technicians stationed in the Okeechobee Office. Duties may include water quality sampling, data collection, analysis, corrective measure determination, progress tracking, and report writing.


Manage contracts and grants, review reports and invoices for payment and coordinate with the OAWP Financial Director on contract/grant accountability.


In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the department's Standards of Conduct, as well as any and all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position.




The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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.


Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application 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. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110.


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