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Position: Environmental Specialist III

Company: Florida Forest Service

Location: Tallahassee, FL




Jarek Nowak, (850) 228-7795


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Forestry or related field and two (2) years of professional experience in forestry or related field; or

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Forestry or related field and one (1) year of professional experience in forestry or related field.

An associate degree in Forestry and four (4) years of professional experience in forestry.

Professional experience in forestry can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Requires possession of a valid driver license.


To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services valuesand supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.


The anticipated hiring salary range for this position is $40,948.18 – $60,000.20 annually, based on level of experience.


This is an advanced professional position that is responsible for the coordination and implementation of Florida’s Forest Water Resources Program including managing all aspects of the Florida Forest Service’s (FFS) Best Management Practices (BMP) program.

Coordinates and conducts the FFS’s BMP Compliance Survey, including training for the Environmental Specialists (BMP Foresters) and/or County Foresters, field data collection, analysis of data, preparation of reports, and presentation and publication of results.

Supervises assigned staff and administers the BMP program.

Assists public and private forest managers and landowners in applying BMPs to silviculture and activities such as harvesting, road construction, and maintenance or site preparation.  Stays abreast of current information on BMPs and associated regulations.

Assists with the development and use of education and training materials on BMPs and related regulations for loggers, landowners and land managers, including public lands.

Assists with the design, initiation, and coordination of studies to determine compliance with and effectiveness of the silviculture BMP program.

Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner.  Responsible for ensuring that assigned program areas have operational procedures and processes which result in accountability and compliance with FFS and department policies and procedures.

Works with water management districts, and other state, local and federal agencies on complaint/incident resolution regarding BMP non-compliance issues, water quality issues and similar water resource related problems.


  • State of Florida retirement package
  • 10 Paid holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – the State covers the majority of the premiums for Individual and Family coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts available
  • Tax deferred savings program available through payroll deduction
  • Uniforms provided at no cost
  • Annual boot purchase allotment

Special Notes:

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.

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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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.

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