Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Environmental Specialist III

Recruitment #240412-387210-001


This is responsible professional work involving a variety of environmental functions.

Environmental Specialist III operates at an advanced level and performs tasks of heightened complexity; undertaking tasks that require a deeper understanding of environmental rules and regulations. This role involves a high degree of initiative, independent judgment, and leadership in environmental planning, analyzing data, formulating recommendations. While general supervision is provided, the incumbent exercises a significant level of autonomy in fieldwork and research activities.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of tasks of considerable difficulty, which may include planning, development, inspection, maintenance of environmental related projects as well as educational outreach, public speaking, and program management activities. Under direction, employee exercises reasonable initiative and independent judgment in selecting work methods and formulating recommendations to meet program needs, objectives, and goals. Employee must possess knowledge of various environmental rules and regulations, be capable of drawing sound conclusions based upon this knowledge and be able to use communication tools to convey department’s goals/issues. Positions in this class are distinguished by their extensive responsibility for educational programs, public awareness, conservation projects, collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data, or participating in the formulation of programs for environmental education and legislation compliance. Most work is performed under general supervision; however, field work and research activities are usually performed without proximity to a supervisor.  Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through conferences, oral and written reports, and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Designs, details, prepares, reviews, and leads other employees in developing and implementing plans for environmental programs, promotional activities, special events, given projects, data analysis, and participates in formulating environmental education and legislation compliance programs.

Coordinates environmental work, programs, and projects with engineering, inspectors, utilities, and contractors; drafts environmental documents, reports, studies, plans, applications, and other related documentation; answers requests for information from the public, city, or other agencies about city services, municipal ordinances, and environmental regulation, programs, and environmentally impacted properties.

Reads and interprets, technical documents and diagrams to determine proper installation and configurations; examines general commercial, industrial, and residential construction site plans to assure conformance to applicable environmental rules and regulations.

Collects, assimilates, and assists in the analysis and interpretation of data and indicators regarding municipal conditions; gathers, compiles, sorts, and categorizes information needed for ongoing research studies and special projects.

Serves as the city's appointed representative on environmental advisory committees and provides consultative services on environmental issues pertaining to City and private public projects.

Investigates and ensures compliance with local, state, and federal regulations for systems within the Integrated Solid Waste System; to include compliance of environmental problems such as stationary tank storage, illegal dumping, hazardous waste sites and spills, possible site contamination, and related sanitation hazards; addresses noncompliant environmental offenders.

Assist with permitting (i.e., air, water, waste), providing compliance support in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations through coordination of various activities i.e. sampling, and reporting, data handling and analysis, and conducting regulatory research.

Conducts environmental compliance audits, assessments, and inspections to determine compliance with Federal, state, and local standards, and Departments environmental policies and procedures.

Develops, drafts, revises, and recommends program or project plans to address environmental problems and needs of the city; monitors programs and/or projects progress; advises and assists other departments on environmental issues; coordinates training for employees required to maintain occupational certification.

Interacts with other City departments; coordinates and advises on capital improvement projects and environmental maintenance activities; writes technical specifications; selects, works with, and supervises project contractors and consultants; oversees construction and maintenance work on-site; and interacts with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

Assists other departments in arranging for, reviewing, and interpreting environmental reports and assessments; makes recommendations related to the acquisition of property and environmental liability.

Manages contamination assessments and remediations resulting from releases of petroleum and other regulated contaminants, often under legal enforcement; interfaces with facility personnel, coordinating various city departments, contractors, engineering consultants, and legal counsel; maintains awareness of clean-up and disposal options, and available sources of financial and resource assistance.

Instructs city departments, the public, and businesses on safe disposal practices, especially for items not permitted in the everyday solid waste collection; coordinates activities for disposal of household chemicals; is responsible for contractual arrangements and public information and communication.

Works with legal staff and regulatory agencies to develop, maintain, and enforce city ordinances consistent with Solid Waste and Waste-to-Energy operational permit requirements.

Prepares annual and quarterly reports required by regional and national regulatory agencies, and other reporting requirements as requested.

Oversees environmental program enforcement activities, represents the department in all court cases, manages all vendor and 3rd party contractor partnerships, and reconciles all administrative processes monthly.

Provides input into the budget, monitors budget performance, reviews and processes invoices, and prepares various summary analyses when requested.

Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable Knowledge of:  Environmental health and safety. Local, state, and federal environmental regulations, including applicability, inspection, and enforcement.

Ability to: Express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing. Conduct advanced research and analysis of data, drawing sound conclusions. Use tact and diplomacy in addressing non-compliant environmental offenders. Use personal computers and software. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public. 

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or a related field. Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in advanced environmental conservation, education, or investigation for environmental compliance. Six (6) months of supervisory or major project lead experience preferred.

An equivalent combination of education (not less than possession of a high school diploma/GED), training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job related competencies noted above.

Licenses or Certifications

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Certificate when assigned to Solid Waste. 

Possession of a valid driver's license may be required. 


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


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