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Company: State of Florida
Location: Belle Glade
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Requisition No: 796487

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64085279

Salary: $ 43,151.16 - $48,876.36

Posting Closing Date: 03/17/2023

State Personnel System Opportunity

Applications accepted only from applicants currently employed with any State agency within the State Personnel System. This includes applicants employed in OPS, Career Service, SES and SMS positions.

Applicants will not be accepted from outside the State Personnel System.

Specific Responsibilities:

This is an Environmental Specialist III position conducting a variety of regulatory environmental health and safety inspections to ensure compliance with state and local laws, and makes recommendations on the issuance of permits, licenses, or approvals. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Environmental Supervisor II-SES. This position is responsible for conducting a variety of regulatory and educational tasks in core Environmental Health areas of Food Safety, Group Care, Mobile Home/Recreational Vehicle Parks, Migrant Labor Housing, and Sanitary Nuisances in accordance with Section 381.006, Florida Statutes.

This position is designated as a sensitive position and is required to maintain confidential information in accordance with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Palm Beach County Health Department (CHD) Information Security Policy, Protocols and Procedures. Confidential Information sets include Social Security Data and Clinical Information Data. Incumbent has access to Health Management System (HMS) to Daily Activity Report (DAR) entry only. Input and updates data in Environmental Health Database (EHD), as needed, including data relating to inspections, complaints and complaint investigations, operating permits, and billing information. Has access to the Environmental Health Data Set for food borne illness investigations. This position may view, update, or release information.

Performs regulatory inspections of Public Schools, Private Schools, Assisted Living Facilities, Residential Facilities, Migrant Labor Camps, Residential Migrant Housing, Mobile Home Parks and Recreational Vehicle Parks. Performs inspections of food service operations located at FDOH regulated facilities and other food service operations as required by Florida Statues and local laws or ordinances. Conducts follow-up inspections.

Investigates complaints of foodborne illnesses, completes related documentation, makes appropriate referrals, and conducts required follow-up activities in accordance with Department policies and procedures. Investigates sanitary nuisance complaints in accordance with Chapter 386, Florida Statutes, recommends and enforces appropriate corrective actions, and makes appropriate referrals to relevant agencies. Investigates complaints of non-compliance regarding FDOH-regulated facilities, enforces or recommends appropriate corrective actions, or makes appropriate referrals to relevant agencies. Investigates allegations of unlicensed or unapproved facility operations, monitors the facility status following initial investigation, and initiates appropriate enforcement actions, or referrals to relevant agencies. Document all findings from inspections or investigations clearly and concisely, and in sufficient detail to fully support all conclusions, recommendations, required corrective actions, and enforcement actions.

Provide accurate oral or written information to responsible parties regarding the results of investigations or inspections. Uses a portable computer and printer to quickly and accurately document and update data, and generate inspection reports, notices, and other documents in field settings. Collects data electronically in the field, and ensures timely updates to the main databases, as required. Collects water and food samples as required. Perform activities related to Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH) to meet applicable strategic goals and objectives. Meet and engage community leaders and citizens at all levels, making and presentations to professional and community groups, planning meetings, community events, writing detailed reports and analysis of program activities and progress reports.

Meets with property owners, facility operators, engineers, architects, planners, and prospective applicants or their representatives to provide consultation on the design and operation of facilities and resolution of environmental health and safety issues. Coordinates activities with federal, State, and local agencies. Reviews license applications. Reviews and approves plans for food service establishments, schools, mobile home parks, residential migrant housing, migrant labor camps and other facilities. Reads, evaluates, and interprets blueprints, diagrams, sketches, maps and aerial photos involving regulated facilities or properties under investigation. Verifies the availability of approved water and sewer services for regulated facilities. Recommend issuance or denial of licenses, permits, or approvals of regulated facilities based on review of the facility's level of compliance with all applicable standards or requirements. Organizes and maintains files, reports, and other related documents. Documents possible causes and remedies. Schedules and conducts follow-up inspections. Initiates and conducts enforcement actions and special investigations in a timely manner in keeping with applicable Department or Program standards. Organizes and maintains records and other documents for enforcement activities. Drafts appropriate correspondence, reports and other documents regarding environmental health problems to facilitate compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Participates at conferences, hearings, and court appearances. Testifies at administrative hearings or court appearances as expert witness related to enforcement actions initiated.

Organizes, develops, promotes, and conducts workshops and in-depth consultations to educate owners, managers, operators, or consumers of licensing requirements and issues involved in operating a safe and healthy environment.

Provide information to the public, builders, owners and public officials and civic groups concerning disease prevention and environmental health regulations. Interprets and explains the significance and application of public health laws and regulations.

Participate in the Outreach, Suggestions, and Teamwork as needed.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences.
  • Knowledge of data collection and analysis principles and procedures.
  • Ability to perform site inspections, collect or evaluate, analyze and interpret scientific or technical data.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to environmental programs.
  • Ability understand and follow legislative policy direction as established in Florida Statutes.
  • Ability to deal with the public in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to utilize problem solving techniques.
  • Ability to use personal computers.
  • Ability to determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
  • Ability to make decisions Qualifications:
    • The position requires certification as an environmental health professional (CEHP) in the area of food hygiene. The certification requirements are in accordance with Chapter 381.0101 F. S. requires environmental health professional certification to perform work in the food protection program within six (6) months after employment, and thereafter, maintain this certification while employed in the food program. The educational requirements as per Chapter 64E-18, Florida Administrative Code state "applicants beginning work in a primary area of environmental health on or after September 21, 1994 must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental health, environmental science, or physical or biological science. Major coursework is no less than 30 semester hours or 40 quarter hours of class work.
    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Physical or Natural Science; Master's Degree in Engineering, Physical or Natural Science or Doctorate Degree in Engineering, Physical or Natural Science. Standards Certification which includes minimum standards of education, training or experience per Chapter 381 F.S. Other job-related requirements for this position:
      • 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 shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
      • Valid Driver's License.
      • Steel toe safety footwear, use of hard hat and tight-fitting respirator required for this position.
      • Position requires extensive walking, bending, working in hot weather and required to carry equipment with a total combined weight of up to 30 pounds Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00AM to 5:00PM (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (Split shift, rotation, etc.)

        Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


        To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


        To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


        I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

        C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

        A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

        R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

        E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

        Where You Will Work:

        38754 State Road 80

        Belle Glade, FL 33430

        The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

        Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
        • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
        • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
        • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
        • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click;
          • Flexible Spending Accounts;
          • Tuition waivers;
          • And more!
            For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, visit

            Please be advised:

            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. Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

            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:

            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.

            Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

            The State of Florida 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 agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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.

            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 (department) 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 Department's 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.

            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.

Keywords: State of Florida, Miami , ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III, Other , Belle Glade, Florida

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