REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for Natural Resources Specialist with the Environmental Engineering & Permitting Division.
Coordinates, reviews, and issues Environmental Resource and Tree Removal license applications, which include design plans, calculations, environmental information, and legal documentation, for consistency with federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Coordinates, reviews, and issues permit applications for the delegated State Environmental Resource Permit Program. Prepares application review comments and requests additional information from environmental engineers and consultants or property owners for revisions to calculations and designs. Prepares environmental reports with project-specific information, license conditions, environmental data, and calculation summaries.
Coordinates and communicates with owners, developers, attorneys, environmental engineers and consultants, mitigation banks, and the general public for the purpose of reviewing design plans and specifications and the issuance of Environmental Resource and Tree Preservation licenses.
Apply scientific principles and methods in the development of manuals, guidelines, permit applications, and procedures for implementing environmental licensing programs. Assists in writing, amending, and updating County environmental rules and regulations. Implements quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate and comprehensive site visits to assess the environmental conditions pre- and post-licensing. Prepares written technical reports and agency correspondence.
Evaluates and interpret hydrological, terrestrial, chemical, and/or marine physical, geotechnical, laboratory, ecological, and biological data related to applications, licenses, compliance inspections, enforcement actions, and natural resource enhancement and protection projects.
Performs research to respond to queries and complaints. Performs site inspections to ensure compliance with state and local regulations and identifies deficiencies in inspection reports. Respond to inquiries from consultants, contractors, municipalities, and other internal and external customers. Performs public outreach on environmental issues and corrective actions.
Issues appropriate warnings, notices of violation, and/or other enforcement actions, as warranted, against respondents with non-compliance issues and/or violations cited. Participates in hearings concerning violations of federal, state, and local laws. Maintains enforcement case files.
Enters licensing and compliance information into the County’s database. Provides assistance with e-Permits implementation, training, and troubleshooting.
Stay abreast of current environmental technology and EPA, state, and local regulations.
Performs related work as assigned.
Performs professional environmental work enforcing the provisions of environmental ordinances as well as participating in natural resource enhancement and protection efforts.
Works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in chemistry, geology, biology, or environmental science or closely related field.
Requires six (6) months experience in natural resource protection based on the area of assignment or closely related experience.
Special Certifications and Licenses Required
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Class E driver's license for the duration of the appointment. (Depending upon the area of assignment.)
Applicants with knowledge of Broward County, SFWMD, and FDEP rules and regulations regarding aquatic and wetland resources and environmental resource permitting, including familiarity with wetland mitigation design and construction, the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method, and criteria for wetland jurisdictional determinations, are preferred.
Applicants with knowledge of Broward County rules and regulations regarding tree regulations, including familiarity with tree replacement and tree appraisal calculations are preferred.
Applicants that possess International Society of Arboriculture Arborist Certification are preferred.
Applicants with Tree Risk Assessment Qualification are preferred.
Applicants that possess Landscape Inspector Association of Florida Certification are preferred.
Applicants with knowledge of GIS are preferred.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.
Performs and assists in performing routine investigations involving compliance with environmental rules and license conditions; issues notices of violation and prepares correspondence dealing with enforcement of environmental rules and ordinances.
Performs special research and investigates complaints pertaining to environmental problems; advises the public on policies regarding environmental issues; performs field evaluations and makes recommendations on environmental aspects of resource management; prepares restoration and management plans.
Reviews environmental license applications for consistency with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.
Develops manuals, guidelines and procedures for implementing environmental resource programs; assists in writing, amending, and updating County environmental rules and regulations; prepares written reports and correspondence, and maintains enforcement case files; prepares grant request proposals.
Prepares technical specifications for the procurement of materials and equipment used in diversified environmental projects; participates in designing environmental sampling programs to meet specific objectives.
Makes presentations to schools, civic groups, chambers of commerce, and other business and civic associations to publicize the environmental programs and ordinances; coordinates programs with other County departments, municipalities and agencies; prepares informational and educational materials and programs relating to environmental resources; develops and implements management.
Tracks the progress of environmental protection and restoration efforts and works with contractors.
Performs training, instruction and supervision in the gathering, evaluation and interpretation of hydrological, terrestrial, chemical and/or marine physical and biological data.
Reviews beach erosion control projects to ensure appropriate enhancement and protective environmental considerations; reviews water resource and habitat restoration plans for County impact; interprets laboratory and geotechnical data related to permits, compliance inspections, or enforcement actions; reviews operating, transfer and closure permits for compliance to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Performs related work as assigned.
Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.
Performs light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of mechanical or electronic office equipment or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.
Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)
Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.
Involves routine and frequent exposure to disease/pathogens. (Depending upon area of assignment.)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with the Professional Standards/Human Rights Section.
Emergency Management Responsibilities
Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.
County-wide Employee Responsibilities
All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.
All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.