NATURE OF WORK
This is 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 inspection of facilities in well field zones, pollutant storage facilities, dredge and fill activities, sites proposed for development, and environmentally sensitive lands, sample collection and field testing, and participation in environmental enhancement, protection, and restoration projects. Major technical or policy problems are discussed with a superior before taking action although employees are expected to exercise independent judgement and initiative in developing work methods. Employees in this class may supervise professional and sub-professional assistants in field and office environmental protection work. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of work results.
This class is distinguished from the Natural Resource Specialist I by the greater experience required and by the lead worker responsibilities.
Performs 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 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.
Maintains files, prepares reports and participates in hearings concerning violations of federal, state, or local laws and ordinances.
Tracks the progress of environmental protection and restoration efforts and works with contractors.
Prepares grant request proposals.
Prepares informational and educational materials and programs relating to environmental resources; develops and implements Best Management Practices.
Performs training, instruction and supervision in the gathering, evaluation and interpretation of hydrological, terrestrial, chemical and/or marine physical and biological data.
Makes presentations to schools, civic groups, chambers of commerce, and other business and civic associations to publicize the environmental programs and ordinances.
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.
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.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental control laws and regulations.
Knowledge of quality control procedures, sampling, and statistical techniques used in determining reliability and validity.
Knowledge of basic solid, industrial and hazardous waste handling practices and requirements.
Knowledge of reference sources, current trends, and recent research in environmental pollution control and regulation.
Ability to collect, record and analyze technical data relating to environmental science and pollution control and to recommend solutions to environmental problems.
Ability to apply scientific and technical knowledge with accuracy and sound judgement.
Ability to supervise and participate in the work of subordinate professionals and technicians.
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; two (2) years experience in natural resource protection work appropriate to area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Code of Ethics
Work Locations: Air Quality, Biological Resources, Environmental Monitoring, Land Use & Permitting, Pollution Prevention & Remediation, Water Resources
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E12/95 R5/00