Environmental Specialist I

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Crystal River Preserve State Park, North Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, FL, USA
  • Feb 26, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Cultural Resources

Job Description


This opportunity is available for an energetic, self-motivated professional to join our team as an Environmental Specialist I at Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River Archaeological State Park, and Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park.  The position requires an individual with a strong knowledge of Florida’s natural and cultural resources, coupled with the skills to achieve high quality conservation land management results. The three parks combined account for over 27,500 acres of coastal and upland ecosystems of the Nature Coast with 16 natural communities in varying degrees of disturbance. The park has 21 miles of trails, multiple trailheads, a museum and gift shop, visitor center, active Citizen Support Organization and tour boat.  The position acts as site supervisor for 2 FLCC AmeriCorps positions and is based out of the Crystal River Preserve office.  The applicant must be able to work occasional rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays.


Compliance with the processing requirements of Chapter 215.422, F.S. is mandatory. Persistent failure to comply with this section by any agency of the state shall constitute good cause for discharge of employees duly found responsible, or predominantly responsible, for failure to comply. 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 Standard 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. 

This position provides biological, resource management, interpretive, operational, and environmental analysis support for Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River Archaeological State Park, and Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park utilizing environmental policies, practices, and procedure. This position may also be utilized at other park units for various duties. This position may also be utilized at other park units for various duties. 

Resource Management:  Coordination and implementation of resource management programs including prescribed burning, biological and hydrological monitoring, exotic and nuisance species control, natural community restoration, reforestation, plant and animal surveys, listed species management, erosion control, and cultural resource preservation and management. Conducts field survey and treatment of non-native invasive plant species, and supervises staff, volunteers, and contractors in completion of same.  Coordinates research, monitoring, and collecting activities in parks, and participates as needed.  Assists in the preparation of unit management plans. Helps train park personnel in fundamentals of resource management and tools of the trade. 

Administration: Prepares forms and reports on a wide range of subjects in a timely manner including vehicle logs, timesheets, and quarterly resource management reports.  Compiles resource data, evaluates effectiveness of resource management programs, and completes relevant reports as needed. Prepares miscellaneous correspondence. Manages databases and maintains correspondence, reference, and digital media files. Applies for and coordinates resource management grants. Conducts purchasing and fiscal activities in compliance with established procedures. 

Maintenance- Maintains park structures, facilities, equipment, and grounds through preventive, and corrective maintenance practices. 

Education and Interpretation: Gathers information about the natural and cultural resources of the parks for interpretive purposes, presents interpretive programs as needed, and provides technical review in the development of interpretive brochures, exhibits, talks, and tours. Develops maps. 

Performs other related duties as required including but not limited to: assisting park visitors, staffing events, revenue collection, opening and closing the park. 

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


  • principles of natural science
  • natural and cultural resource restoration techniques
  • fauna and flora of Florida
  • listed species management
  • upland and wetland natural community restoration techniques hydrological monitoring  


  • communicating effectively verbally and in writing
  • personal computer operations including Microsoft Office Suite and ArcGIS operating and maintaining vehicles and equipment associated with the position (e.g. 4x4 vehicles, GPS, ATVs, tractors & implements, fire suppression equipment, chain saws)  


  • actively participate in field activities associated with the position (e.g. prescribed burning, hydrological & biological monitoring, exotic plant survey and treatment including herbicide application)
  • collect, analyze, and interpret environmental data, including use of GPS, GIS, water sampling, exotic species monitoring, plant & animal samplings, and other biological sampling
  • follow verbal and written instructions/directions
  • understand and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to environmental programs
  • prepare well-written scientific reports and management plans
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • interact with all internal and external customers and the general public in a professional, tactful and courteous manner
  • organize, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments in a timely manner
  • work independently with minimal supervision
  • work outdoors where you may encounter biting insects, venomous snakes, alligators, inclement weather, high temperatures, and humidity
  • perform physical labor
  • lift 40 pounds and assist in transporting items or other supplies 100 pounds or more;
  • perform grounds and building maintenance which includes but is not limited to mowing, weed eating, pressure washing, painting, and fence repair
  • clean park facilities
  • maintain a valid driver’s license
  • operate watercraft including boats, kayaks, and airboat
  • properly wear uniform;
  • be available for occasional overnight travel occasionally work rotating shifts including, nights, weekends, and holidays 

Licensure/registration/certification requirements:  Florida Class E driver’s license.  

Other job-related requirements for this position: Participate in the medical monitoring program- Hearing. A bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences; or a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university with a minor in one of the physical or natural sciences & 2 years of professional experience in one of the physical or natural sciences or 6 years professional experience in the physical or natural sciences commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. 

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


  • retain Florida Certified Prescribed Manager Certificate within 6 months of hire pass moderate pack test  

Working hours: (A) Daily from Varies (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Occasional rotating shifts including, nights, weekends, and holidays.      

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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$2,582.39/Month - $30,988.62/Year