Environmental Specialist II - Job Code #4379

Sarasota County Government
Job Description

Environmental Specialist II:  Purpose is to implement relevant sections of the Environment Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan, and implementation of Sarasota County Codes that pertain to environmental and natural resources protection. This position primarily focuses on implementing the Earthmoving Code and the Unified Development Code, and standards associated with ensuring that appropriate pollution prevention measures are addressed during development such that adverse impacts to air, surface water, groundwater, watersheds, native habitats, historical resources, buildings, residences, and roads are reduced or eliminated during development activities. 

Duties:

Conduct technical reviews and processing of applications:

  • Review Earthmoving applications for consistency with permit approval criteria and applicable sections of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Review land use petitions and Site Development applications for consistency with the Water Pollution Control Code, applicable sections of the Comprehensive Plan, and the Unified Development Code. Work includes development and ensuring implementation of related ambient water quality monitoring plans for specific projects. Work also includes development and review of environmental site assessments/site investigations and coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection regarding remedial action plan review and implementation for specific projects.
  • Track stipulation compliance, monitor files for expiration dates and perform final inspections for approvals. 
  • Perform field inspections, document and analyze findings related to impacts to natural resources and consistency with applicable County regulations.
  • Prepare correspondence, permits/approvals, notices, Board packets, and other technical reports based upon collected and analyzed data and resulting decisions made with regard to the applicable regulations.
  • Coordinate regulatory processes with applicants, other government agencies, engineers and consultants, builders, and the general public.
  •    Interact with other County departments and divisions on Environmental Protection issues (i.e., pollution prevention, best management practices, protected habitat, wetlands, etc.).
  •    Maintain up-to-date files and data entry within permitting database (e.g., LIMS system).

Conduct compliance inspections and associated compliance measures related to the Earthmoving Code, other environmental protection codes as necessary, and the Unified Development Code:

  • Respond to and properly resolve citizen complaints and initiate appropriate enforcement actions in a timely manner.  Provide expert technical testimony in legal actions.

Provide information to the public on applicable regulations, natural resources management issues and important pollution prevention/ecological functions. 

  • Conduct pre-application meetings with the public.  Create or update public outreach materials.  Represent the County and present information at public events, neighborhood associations, etc., when requested. 

Provide recommendations on and review of policy, rule, and ordinance amendments.

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Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological or physical sciences, Environmental Engineering or related field and two (2) years of professional experience directly related to the position.  A Master's Degree may substitute for one year of professional experience.  Progressively responsible professional experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required college degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in biology, environmental studies/science, ecology, natural resources management, botany, or forestry.
  • Familiarity with the review and interpretation of site development/construction plans.
  • Florida Stormwater, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector Certification, and/or comparable certification from another state, and/or certification through the International Erosion Control Association (Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector – SESSWI, or Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control – CEPSC).
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Generic Permit for Stormwater Discharge from Large and Small Construction Activities (Construction Generic Permit), and the Generic Permit for Discharge of Ground Water from Dewatering Operations.
  • Familiarity with and experience in wetland delineation and other Florida habitat delineations.
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