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115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:P5482

NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST I

NATURE OF WORK

This is entry-level professional environmental work enforcing the provisions of environmental ordinances as well as participating in natural resource enhancement and protection efforts.

Work involves performing natural resource protection activities related to air pollution, water pollution, groundwater and soil protection and restoration, ecosystem protection and restoration, and environmental enforcement. Work includes conducting site inspections, collecting samples and field testing, responding to complaints and inquiries by the regulated public, and participating in environmental enhancement, protection, and restoration projects. Work is performed with a minimum of supervision and reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of work results.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Performs and assists in performing routine investigations involving compliance with environmental rules and license conditions; issues Notice of Violation and prepares correspondence dealing with enforcement of environmental rules and ordinances.

Performs special research and investigates complaints pertaining to environmental problems; advises public on policies regarding environmental issues.

Reviews environmental license applications for consistency with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.

Prepares written reports and correspondence, and maintains enforcement case files.

Prepares technical specifications for the procurement of materials and equipment used in diversified environmental projects.

Maintains files, prepares reports and participates in hearings concerning violations of federal, state or local laws and ordinances.

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.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of chemistry, biology, geology, physics and environmental science as related to natural resource protection.

Some knowledge of federal, state and local environmental control laws and regulations.

Some knowledge of quality control procedures, sampling and statistical techniques used in determining reliability and validity.

Some knowledge of basic solid, industrial and hazardous waste handling practices and requirements.

Some knowledge of reference sources, current trends and recent research in environmental pollution control and regulations.

Ability to collect, record and analyze technical data relating to environmental science and pollution control.

Ability to apply scientific and technical knowledge with accuracy and sound judgement.

Ability to perform maintenance, calibration or modification of technical or scientific equipment.

Ability to act in emergency situations and respond to changing field conditions.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

Ability to 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, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in environmental science, biology, marine biology, engineering, chemistry, forestry, geology, hydrology or field of specialization appropriate to area of assignment; six (6) months experience in natural resource protection work appropriate to area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Code of Ethics

Certification: No

Work Locations: Air Quality, Biological Resources, Environmental Monitoring, Land Use & Permitting, Pollution Prevention & Remediation, Water Resources

Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E12/95 R5/00


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