ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 64001474 1 The State of Florida Fort Myers

Title Environmental Specialist I - 64001474 1
Date 2020
Company The State of Florida
City Fort Myers

Short Description :

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 Requirements for certification are found in 64E180043 and include ,…

Full Description :

Requisition No: 236741

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64001474

Salary: $32,388.72

Posting Closing Date: 09/28/2020

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Lee County

If you are looking to build a great career in public healthyou 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

The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all

This professional Environmental Specialist position functions independently and performs duties under the direction of the Environmental Supervisor I of the Environmental Health Division of the Florida Department of Health in Lee County. This is primarily a field position responsible for inspections in the following programs (or as assigned by the Environmental Supervisor I): Biomedical Waste, Body Art – Body Piercing & Tattooing, Food Safety and Sanitation, Group Care, Migrant Farmworker Housing, Mobile Home/RV Parks, Tanning, and Public Swimming Pools. The incumbent in this position is considered to have regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Chapter 60L-36, Florida Administrative Code.

Public Swimming Pool Program: Regulate and enforce the laws and rules to reduce the transmission of disease and injuries to the patrons of public swimming pools and bathing places through engineering controls, routine health and safety inspections, water sampling, and education per Ch. 514 F.S.; Ch. 381.006(13); Ch. 64E-9 Florida Administrative code (F.A.C.); and Florida Building Code.

Food Safety & Sanitation Program: Inspect food service establishments, educate the operators, and enforce the public health requirements to ensure that facilities under the Department’s jurisdiction safely prepare and serve food to the public per Ch. 64E-11 F.A.C and Ch. 381.0072 F.S. Earn the CEHP in Food Protection within 6 months of hire; become standardized in Ch. 64 E-11 F.A.C. by the Food Hygiene Coordinator; and complete the required contact hours for the CEHP license every 2 years.

Biomedical Waste Program: Regulate and enforce the segregation, packaging, transportation, storage, and treatment of biomedical waste to reduce the incidence of exposure to disease and injury per Ch. 64E-16 F.A.C and Sec. 381.0098 F.S. Successfully complete Bureau approved training annually.

Group Care Program: Regulate and enforce the laws and rules pertaining to sanitation, control of communicable diseases, protection and safety of the public's health, and to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring in residential and non-residential FDOH facilities per Ch. 381.006(6) and (16) F.S.; Ch. 64E-12 F.A.C.; Ch. 64C-14 F.A.C.; Ch. 6A-2.004 F.A.C.; and Florida Building Code.

Mobile Home/RV Park Program: Regulate and enforce the laws and rules pertaining to approved water and sewer connections, conditions propagating sanitary nuisances and overcrowding, to prevent environmentally transmitted disease per Ch. 381.006(14) F.S.; Ch. 513 F.S.; and Ch. 64E-16 F.A.C.

Perform inspections and nuisance complaint investigations, and initiate compliance and enforcement actions when appropriate for assigned facilities and locations.

This position may be required to present expert witness testimony and represent the Department on legal proceedings involving noncompliant persons or facilities within Lee County.

Perform as assigned any other duties within the scope of environmental health as directed by the supervisor. Keep supervisor apprised of unusual activities or non-compliance issues.

Enter Daily Activity Reports daily and submit time sheets as required. Complete DOH mandatory training prior to assigned deadlines.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Incumbent will be assigned a county vehicle and will be responsible for maintaining and operating the vehicle per state and county regulations
  • Knowledge of and basic computer skills
  • Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation & grammar usage
  • Ability to operate general office equipment
  • Ability to follow office procedures & practices
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments
  • Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous & effective manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally & in writing
  • Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to understand, interpret & apply applicable rules, regulations, policies & procedures
  • Ability to prioritize individual workload
  • Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift & carry up to 50 pounds as needed
  • Ability to work with occasional loud noises indoors and/or outdoors
  • Ability to work outdoors with various temperature changes
  • Ability to walk for long periods of time or great distances
  • Ability to locate information that is listed alphabetically & numerically
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to review data for accuracy & completeness
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work with the public in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques

Licensure/registration/certification requirements:

  • Certification in Food Hygiene is required by Florida Statute 381.0101 or become a certified Registered Sanitarian. Certification must be obtained within six months of hire and must be maintained every two years as required.
  • Positions in the Department of Health responsible for performing environmental health and sanitary evaluations in a primary program area of environmental health require certification in accordance with Section 381.0101, Florida Statutes. Requirements for certification are found in 64E-18.004(3) and include a bachelor’s degree from an US accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental health, environmental science, or a physical or biological science.

Other job-related requirements for this position:

  • Position requires a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. accredited college or university with a minimum of 30 credit hours in a related science field.
  • Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
  • Incumbent must possess a valid Florida Driver's License and have a motor vehicle to carry out these duties.
  • Transporting Confidential Information: This position is authorized to transport confidential information outside of established DOH-Lee facilities and must comply with parameters defined in DOHP 50-10.
  • Selected immunizations or titers and/or periodic screening for tuberculosis may be recommended for this position.
  • This position will abide by all state and federal laws, rules, and DOH policies and procedures.

Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (B) Total hours in workweek 40+40 May be required to work additional hours as needed for emergencies and special projects.

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 (DOH) 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. Certain veterans and

spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, eligible veterans and spouses of veterans will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. For applicants claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach supporting documentation that includes character of service (for example, DD form 214 Member Copy #4) when you apply for a vacancy. Applicants may upload their supporting documentation to People First when applying. All documentation is due by the closing date of the job announcement.

  • ** Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **
  • This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check
  • 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, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov
  • 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 upon the date of your retirement.
  • 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. Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • 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 DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
  • The application includes background information questions. A “yes” answer to these questions will not automatically bar you from employment. The nature, job-relatedness, severity, and date of the offence in relation to the position you are applying are considered. Please make sure all questions are answered thoroughly.
  • Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position. Responses such as “see resume” or “see application” and incomplete applications are subject to disqualification.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268.

Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • State of Florida Retirement package3% employee contribution required
  • Nine 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
  • Life insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waiver available
    Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums. Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!
    Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO
    Single coverage is $50, Family coverage is $180
    Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:
    Single coverage is $15, Family coverage is $64.30

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.

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.
Nearest Major Market: Fort Myers
Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral

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