Environmental Supervisor II

Florida Department of Health - Polk County logoCompany: Florida Department of Health - Polk County 

Location:  Bartow, Florida

Date Posted:  March 15, 2018

Application Deadline:  April 6, 2018

Employment Type: Full time

Salary:  $51,000.00 to 52,000.00

Environmental Supervisor II 

About the Position

FDOH in Polk County serves a large and diverse population.  Working on the Environmental Health team provides many opportunities to gain experience in a real variety of unique settings in a dynamic state.  Polk is a suburban to rural county located in beautiful central Florida between Tampa and Orlando.  There are many outdoor opportunities as well as cultural and entertainment close by.

Requisition No: 32156

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERVISOR II - SES - 64029344 Position Number: 64029344

Salary:  $51,000.00 to 52,000.00

Posting Closing Date: 04/06/2018

*NOTE*   Previous applicaints need not apply

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This Environmental Supervisor II position is a leadership position in the Environmental Health Division in the Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal

(OSTDS) unit, and has supervisory responsibilities for staff including Environmental Supervisors, Environmental Specialists, and Clerical Staff in Bartow and Winter Haven.

The incumbent is expected to act as the key contact person for all the septic tank contractors in and doing business in Polk County; and is responsible for all OSTDS program management, quality assurance, and quality improvement.


The incumbent in this position spends the majority of their time communicating with, motivating, training, and evaluating employees, and planning and directing employee’s work, and have the authority to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline subordinate employees or effectively recommend such action.

Supervise the operation of the onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems

(OSTDS) program functions which include permitting of residential and commercial septic systems, operating permits, service permits, complaint investigations, and reporting.  Monitor the permitting and plan review process of the OSTDS facilities, septage disposal sites, operating and service permit program, and water supply systems in the county.

Ensure the prompt investigation of all sewage and sanitary nuisance complaints.

Review inspection reports to assure compliance with state regulations.

Discuss reports with employees for training and evaluation purposes.

Plan work flows, objectives, and time utilization with employees to improve the quality and quantity of work performed.  Coordinate the collection and analysis of data for the OSTDS program.  Ensure 100% of the program’s services and inspections are completed at the required frequencies.

Prepare documents for enforcement procedures and initiate legal action against environmental law violators.  

Coordinate and review OSTDS enforcement activities with department legal counsel, state health office officials, and local OSTDS department staff.

Establish and implement an in-house cross-training program for all positions. 

Maintain training records for all employees.

Manage and supervise clerical staff so offices maintain consistency, efficiency, and effective permitting.  Work with local Quality Assurance and state health office to identify administrative gaps and develop solutions to process improvement.

Conduct joint inspections with staff for purposes of quality assurance, training, or evaluation.


The incumbent is expected to act in a leadership role and will act as the key contact person for all septic tank contractors in and conducting business in Polk County.  This includes prompt handling of contractor complaints, assisting contractors in understanding department rules, regulations, and enforcement, promptly responding to contractor phone calls, working in partnership with contractors to solve office and administrative permit process discrepancies.  The incumbent will be available during business hours to meet with contractors, will be readily available by state issued cell phone to answer calls, and will conduct meetings in the office and field as needed to bring resolution to problems as per code requirements.

Coordinate annual septic contractor meetings and any other training or informational meetings for septic contractors as needed.

The incumbent will serve as liaison with other environmental agencies and the general public.  Will ensure the preparation of technical reports for state, county, and local governmental agencies.  Will represent the department in meetings with other key governmental agencies and private organizations such as Builder’s Associations, Florida Onsite Wastewater Association, BOCC, DEP, and SWFMD.

The incumbent will attend regional consistency meetings with state health office and any appropriate local commission meetings.

This position will establish a relationship with and will work with DEP and the county on all sewage and sanitary nuisance complaints as jurisdictionally appropriate.

The incumbent will coordinate the OSTDS variance application process.

Coordinate the Green Swamp program in partnership with the county.

Ensure promotional materials are accurate and available to the public and septic contractors.

Act as lead worker for Environmental Health in post-disaster field assessments including working with DEP on large sewage spills, land application sites, providing public information, and other post-disaster septic issues.


The incumbent is expected to prepare monthly reports detailing all work activities within the OSTDS program, and perform monthly quality assurance checks for inspections and permits and submit them to the Environmental Administrator.

Oversee the maintenance of all program files and records.  Ensure and establish a records retention and scanning program for the OSTDS program.

Plan, develop, and implement in-house procedures and forms to improve or enhance program performance.

The incumbent will plan the OSTDS annual budget and monitor monthly revenues and expenditures for the OSTDS program and other programs as required; and will participate in annual county fee resolution planning.

Daily Activity Reports (DAR's) will be reviewed and compared to inspection reports to ensure accurate accountability on a daily basis. Provide in-service training and orientations for all field staff personnel.

Performs duties necessary to carry on the programs of the Division as assigned by the Environmental Administrator.  Performs other duties as required, including performance of additional interpreter duties, consistent with skill level, and as needed.

Follow established rules, regulations and procedures in the areas of personnel actions, attendance and leave, travel reimbursements, appointment procedures and affirmative action.

Serves as the Information Custodian of assigned information sets; maintaining the confidentiality of the information in accordance with state and federal statutes, rules, regulations and Department of Health Information Security Policies, Protocols and Procedures, in accordance with Protocol: Security - 3, V, Sec 1-3.

This position may serve clients that speak only Spanish, Creole or other languages.  It may require performance of interpreter duties, if bilingual, or implementation of the Department’s Limited English Proficiency Plan.


A Bachelor's Degree in a science such as biology, physics, chemistry is required.  Certification per FS 381 in OSTDS is required within 6 months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of Laserplane instrument, dumpy level, Munsel Soil Chart, Wetland Delineation and applicable State rules and statutes.

Skills involving:  Department of Health’s Personnel Regulations, Core Program Enforcement, and Interagency Coordination.  Audit procedures management and leadership.

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 to understand and follow legislative policy direction as established in Florida Statutes.

Ability to deal with 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 supervise people.

Ability to determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments.

Ability to make decisions.


Valid Florida driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment Environmental Health Professional Certification Florida Certified in OSTDS (septic tanks): Section 381, Florida Statute Bachelor’s degree in a physical or natural science 

How to Apply 

Apply through the People First system at:

*Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

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

Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade.

Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

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, visit

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.

Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) to conduct this background check.

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

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 on the date of your retirement.

Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).

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 Departments 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.

Nearest Major Market: Lakeland