[Coral-List] FDEP Vacancy Announcement

Sarah Koerner sarahkoerner at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 7 18:50:33 UTC 2022

Hello! Would you be so kind as to add the posting below to the next listserv email? I sent this posting using my government email but am not sure if it went through. Thank you very much

 Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves (Miami, FL) is looking to hire a Restoration Technician. Please see the posting below. Applicants can apply throughhttps://jobs.myflorida.com/go/Department-of-Environmental-Protection/2815300/ by entering the position number. Application deadline is Sunday, March 20th.

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Department of Environmental Protection

Department of Environmental Protection






Date: Mar 3, 2022

Location: MIAMI, FL, US, 33138

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Requisition No: 581542 

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37979008 

Salary:  $19.50/hour 

Posting Closing Date: 03/20/2022 

OPS Environmental Specialist II - Restoration Technician
State of Florida
Department of Environmental Protection

 Our Organization and Mission: 
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship - protecting our air, water and land. The vision of DEP is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystem.  
The Work You Will Do:
This position is a core member of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection’s (RCP) Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves (BBAP) and will provide technical, planning, procedural and budget recommendations to the BBAP Manager. The primary purpose of this position is to fulfill the duties required of a three year EPA grant funded sponge restoration project and position to provide data management, report writing, datasonde coordination and deployment, water quality and sponge research coordination and sampling, partner coordination, permit coordination, purchasing of equipment, and support to the BBAP Manager. Other stakeholder outreach, programmatic coordination, research assistance, and activities may also be required to assist the program’s needs.

 The Difference You Will Make:
As part of the BBAP Team, you would further our goals of: 
• Protecting and enhancing the ecological integrity of the APs. 
• Restoring areas to their natural condition. 
• Encouraging sustainable use and foster active stewardship by engaging local communities in the protection of aquatic preserves. 
• Improving management effectiveness through a process based on sound science, consistent evaluation, and continual reassessment. 

 How You Will Grow:
DEP encourages its employees to constantly innovate and seek efficiencies. We believe in supporting and encouraging you as you take on important and often complex projects while offering you the opportunity to gain valuable experience quickly.

 Where You Will Work:
Our office is called the Biscayne Bay Environmental Center and it is located in the middle of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve within Pelican Harbor Park and Marina in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

 The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
• State Group Insurance coverage options for health;
• OPS alternative retirement plan;
• Entry to state parks;
• And more! 

 Pay: $19.50 per hour.

 Your Specific Responsibilities:

Database Management and Data Reporting:
• Conducts general database management and multi-step quality assurance and quality control of internal databases
• Updating of Standard Operating Procedures, manuals, and reports
• Interpretation of data with a focus on identifying environmental stressors
• Conducts analyses and writes project narratives to produce regularly scheduled project reports and a final scientifically valid report to inform management decisions

Datasonde Management:
• Datasonde deployment, including boat-based, land-based, and in-water work
• Memorizing and working within procedures and techniques for performing calibrations
• Performing & tracking maintenance scheduling and equipment ordering

Natural Resource Assessment and Research:
• Conducts resource monitoring and field data collecting including, telemetry maintenance and installation, datasonde deployment and maintenance, water quality bottle sampling, etc.
• Conducts sponge propagation techniques and monitoring
• Purchasing required equipment and maintaining required permits
• Scuba dive or snorkel, as required
• Pilots and trailers DEP boats and kayaks, as needed
• Reading and disseminating information gleaned from literature reviewal

Education/ Outreach and Other Program Initiatives:
• Communication with other partners (e.g., Fl Sea Grant and Miami Dade County) to provide research outputs and develop educational products 
• Coordinates an advisory group of sponge restoration experts to advance techniques and methodology
• Potentially coordinating and training volunteers for project assistance
• Fostering stewardship of and appreciation for Biscayne Bay and informing management actions
• Other administrative needs, as required

Provide assistance as essential personnel in the event of an emergency at the DEP field offices, including pre-storm preparation, post-storm clean-up and replacement of stored goods to ready field office for operation after a storm; or other services assigned.
Other duties as assigned.

 Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Experience with Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel
• Experience and comfort with public speaking experience
• Experience with coordination of people and logistical planning
• Experience and comfort working outdoors and in water, as well as working in an office environment
• Excellent organizational and writing skills
• Experience reviewing natural resource and environmental data/literature for status and trends
• Ability to maintain a valid driver license
• Ability to be flexible, multitask, and meet tight deadlines
• Ability to work independently and complete tasks with attention to detail under minimal supervision
• Ability to determine work priorities, ensure proper completion of work assignments
• Ability to swim/snorkel/kayak/dive under rigorous conditions, once given approval, per DEP policies
• Basic CPR/first aid certification and small boat handling and trailering experience, or the ability to acquire these skills
• Must be comfortable interacting with a variety of other governmental offices, non-governmental organizations, the public, and a variety of programs and administrative levels within DEP to successfully complete tasks 
• Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with a diverse range of people
• Must be self-directed and outgoing, take ownership of projects, and work professionally with manager and co-workers to manage responsibilities and resolve challenges that arise
• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. 
• Ability to travel throughout Southeast Florida occasionally

 Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Experience working with datasondes (YSI EXO2) and possibly telemetry units
• Experience with Microsoft Access and Adobe software
• Database management experience, especially with large datasets
• Data analysis experience using software (e.g.: R, PRIMER, MATLAB, EXCEL, ARCGIS)
• Water quality sampling experience
• Experience and/or knowledge in restoration techniques of natural species
• Knowledge of Southeast Florida flora and fauna, especially local sponge species
• Experience writing technical reports and publishing reports
• Creating and delivering scientific and public presentations

 Minimum Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s Degree with a major in one of the marine environmental or biological sciences and two years of professional experience in a field or environmental program is required.

 Preferred Qualifications:
A Master’s Degree in one of the marine environmental, or biological or chemical sciences is preferred. 

 Licensure/registration/certification requirements: 
Valid Florida Driver License. Scuba certification.

 Other job-related requirements for this position:
Regular local travel throughout Southeast Florida and occasional long-distance travel. Must have prior approval and meet the diving and/or snorkeling validation requirements in the DEP Underwater Operations Manual. This position is medically monitored.

 DEP is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce. We recognize the extensive training, experience, and transferrable skills individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following email addresses:
HR_ER at FloridaDEP.gov

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.

Nearest Major Market: Miami


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