Position open with the Florida Department of Transportation: Environmental Specialist III

Req. No: 55007935-51148236-20160527111501

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III

Broadband/Class Code: 13-1111-04
Position Number: 55007935-51148236
Annual Salary Range: $42,523.50 - $49,735.80
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
City: MIAMI
Facility: D6 HEADQUARTER COMPLEX
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB010
Closing Date: 6/15/2016

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STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

JOB POSTING DESCRIPTION

601 / Planning and Environmental Management Office

ENDING RECLASSIFICATION / OPEN COMPETITIVE

CAREER SERVICE

POSITION NUMBER: 55007935

BROADBAND OCCUPATION: Management Analysts

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POSITION LOCATED IN: Miami-Dade

CONTACT PERSON: Mauricio Gomez

CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: (305) 470-5228

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire, promotion or subsequent appointment in either the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

  • Performs independent environmental work supporting implementation of the Florida Transportation Plan and accomplishment of the Work Program in the context of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Mission, Vision, Values, and Key Performance Measures by established due dates.
  • Independently coordinates with FDOT Central Office, FDOT District Offices, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), other Federal and Local governmental agencies, the general public, and special interest groups on assignments as needed.
  • Reviews and comments on Statute, Rule, Policy, Procedure, Manual, and Guide development and changes, Legislative proposals, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) development and changes, and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Directives.
  • Coordinates and maintains liaison with the federal government on all projects within program area to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Advises local government agencies in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of transportation programs and activities including noise and air, contamination, cultural resources and NEPA compliance programs.
  • Reviews energy impacts of department plans and programs and advises management of results.
  • Independently analyzes or reviews analysis of assigned projects for natural and physical environmental impacts including the relationship of people with the environment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the FDOT Project Development and Environment Manual (PD&E Manual), Federal Regulations, State Statutes, Rules, Policies, and Procedures.
  • Independently prepares and reviews preparation of environmental technical reports, documentation, and processes IN/for compliance with NEPA, the PD&E Manual, Federal Regulations, State Statutes, Rules, Policies, and Procedures, including but not limited to: Environmental Impact Statements (Draft and Final), Environmental Assessments, Finding Of No Significant Impacts, Categorical Exclusions (Type I, Programmatic, Minor, Type 2), State Environmental Impact Reports, Non-Major State Actions, Reevaluations, Purpose and Need Statements, Advance Notifications, Sociocultural Effects Technical Memoranda, Community Characteristics Inventories, Section 4(f) Evaluations, Cultural Resource Assessment Surveys, Wetland Evaluation Reports, Water Quality Impact Evaluation Checklists, Endangered Species Biological Assessments, Essential Fish Habitat Assessments, Noise Study Reports, Air Quality Technical Memoranda, Contamination Screening Evaluation Reports, Contamination Impact Assessments, Contamination Impact Remedial Action Plans, Conceptual Mitigation Plans, Public Involvement Plans, Meeting Minutes, and phone conversation records.
  • Prepares or reviews preparation of Summary of Environmental Decisions Summary of Environmental Decisions, Actions, and Project history for projects to be included in the Project file.
  • Prepares and tracks or reviews preparation and tracking of summary of Commitments and Recommendations from PD&E through Final Design and Construction Project phases.
  • Reviews or oversees reviews of Project Design Plans for all Project phases for compliance with NEPA and/or State Statutes, Rules, Policies, and Procedures.
  • Prepares or reviews preparation of review comments. Attends and participates in or schedules attendance to Review Meetings.
  • Insures all environmental documents are completed and comments are addressed prior to established due dates.
  • Prepares Environmental Certification and coordinates with Environmental Administrator, or designee, on status of Projects to obtain signature prior to Final Design Production Date.
  • Conducts or oversees conduction of field visits and reviews for all Projects phases. Conducts research as needed and maintains Project files.
  • Independently provides technical consultation and training to internal and external customers.
  • Conducts inspections of transportation projects to determine status and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Monitors and evaluates quality of work, progress, and cost records and recommends approval and disapproval.
  • Implements and evaluates new and innovative programs.
  • Conducts marketing efforts regarding employer based ride-sharing pilot projects.
  • Administers and monitors federal grant programs delegated to the agency related to projects in small, urban and rural areas.

Performs independent Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) process management by coordinating with FHWA, FDOT Project Managers and staff, Environmental Technical Advisory Team (ETAT), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), environmental agencies, local governments, and the public. Assists in identifying projects to be screened in the ETDM Environmental Screening Tools (ESTs). Independently performs or manages performance of project data collection, analysis, and entry into the ETDM ESTs, and ETDM training. Attends Statewide ETDM meetings and coordinates regional ETAT meetings. Independently performs or reviews performance of site assessments for and evaluates or reviews evaluations of the potential to encounter contamination within or adjacent to projects. Independently collects data for and prepares or reviews preparation of Contamination Screening Evaluation Reports, Contamination Assessments, Remedial Action Plans, and Site Evaluation Checklists. Provides support to the District Contamination Impact Coordinator and assists with management of District Contamination Assessment Remediation contracts. Attends Statewide Contamination meetings and performs or manages performance of trainings. Independently reviews projects for potential noise Impacts by reviewing traffic noise predictions, land use plans, aerial photography, noise models, pavement selections, vehicular restrictions, field measurements, analysis of noise abatement, feasibility factors, reasonableness factors, outdoor advertising sign impacts, traffic noise abatement techniques, community coordination, construction noise and vibration impacts, project and receptor sites, Noise Study Reports. Independently preforms field reviews, analysis of receptor site land uses and prepares Abatement Measure Reports.

Performs independent environmental work by management of consultant contracts including preparing or reviewing preparation of contract documents, scopes of services, advertisements, task work orders, project and contract budgets, staff-hour estimates, and participates in the negotiations process. Independently reviews and evaluates consultant letter of interest, letters of response, technical proposals, and oral presentations. Serves as coordinator on major consultant, program development, and project management studies. Develops and maintains transportation energy programs. Independently reviews, evaluates, coordinates with management, and approves staff hour estimates, scopes of services, task work orders, letters of authorizations, proposals, and Invoices. Participates in the FDOT Gaming process to assist in forecasting the Department’s budget responsibilities and financial commitments for projects and consultant contracts. Participates in coordination meetings with consultants and evaluates consultant’s performance. Independently prepares or reviews preparation of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Local Agency Program (LAP) agreements, and Joint Participation Agreements (JPA). Performs special transportation planning and research.

Conducts or oversees conduction of field visits and reviews for all Projects phases. Conducts inspections of transportation projects to determine status and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

Coordinates or assists in coordination of regional environmental projects or activities including communicating FDOT’s role and position, obtaining information from others, and briefing FDOT management and staff on status. Track coordination activities, project issues, and FDOT’s staff and/or consultant’s time and expenses. Independently reviews and comments on projects processed through the Intergovernmental Coordination and Review (ICAR) State Clearing House.

Coordinates with the general public, governmental agencies, and special interest groups by attending and participating in public hearings and workshops, Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, governmental Board and committee meetings, and home owner association meetings. Initiates and Responds to telephone calls to and from the public, governmental agencies, and special interest groups. Prepares meeting minutes and written correspondence to governmental agencies, the public, and special interest groups.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF A TRANSPORTATION SPECIALTY AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT PLANNING.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT(PD&E) MANUAL OR NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA) PROCESS.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS AND THE ASSOCIATED REGULATIONS.
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE OF FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY AGENCIES AND THEIR JURISDICTION.
  • ABILITY TO ANALYZE AND EVALUATE DATA RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION.
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA ECOLOGY, FLORA AND FAUNA.
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE CORRECT USE OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION IN COMMUNICATING SPOKEN AND WRITTEN BUSINESS PRODUCT.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.
  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY.
  • ABILITY TO PREPARE CORRESPONDENCE AND REPORTS.
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE OF AND SKILLED AT CREATING DOCUMENTS USING THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL FEATURES OF THE CURRENT COMPUTER PROGRAMS.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF BASIC MATHEMATICS AND ABILITY TO PERFORM MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS.
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE OF AND SKILLED AT APPLYING PROJECT MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, PLANNING, ORGANIZING, PRIORITIZING AND PERFORMING MULTIPLE WORK ASSIGNMENTS.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF AND ABILITY TO PROBLEM-SOLVING TECHNIQUES.
  • WORKING INDEPENDENTLY AND MEETING DEADLINES.
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE OF AND SKILLED AT DATA COLLECTION TERMINOLOGY, PRINCIPLES AND ANALYTICAL Techniques OF THE PHYSICAL OR NATURAL SCIENCES.
  • ABILITY TO ESTABLISH AND Maintain EFFECTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH REGULATORY AGENCIES, OTHER FDOT EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC.
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE OF PHASE I AND PHASE II CONTAMINATION SITE ASSESSMENTS. *

SPECIAL NOTES:* A Competitive Area Differential (CAD) additive in the amount of $1,976.00 will be added to the annual salary.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the 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 Department of Transportation hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. An Employment Eligibility Verification check will be conducted using the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services’ electronic database (E-Verify) on each new employee.

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application 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. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110.

The Department of Transportation 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.

The Department of Transportation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

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