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Job Opportunity – Alachua County Firefighter

October 16, 2017 by FLERA

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

Firefighter

$33,327.92 – $51,658.55 Annually

Closing Date: 12/15/17

Minimum Qualifications:

FIREFIGHTER:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR FIREFIGHTER:

Graduation from high school or equivalent. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check is required prior to employment.

Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:

1. A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products. Click this link to retrieve the document.

2. Current enrollment in a state recognized Fire Academy (if non-certified at time of application). Candidate must receive State of Florida Certificate of Compliance prior to official job offer.

3. Applicants must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s license, with an acceptable driving record. “The Driving Policy is currently under review. You may qualify under the new policy; we encourage you to apply for the position”.

4. Candidates must possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate provided by an authorized CPAT testing center prior to interview date. Valid CPAT certificates must be dated within 1 year of application date.

5. Alachua County will pay for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and certification, EMT certification must be obtained within one year of employment in the FF classification.  Applicants will be required to make a two year commitment as a full time certified EMT with Alachua County Fire Rescue.

 FIREFIGHTER EMT 56:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE FIREFIGHTER EMT 56:

Graduation from high school or equivalent. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment.

Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:

A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products

State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance or current enrollment in a state recognized Fire Academy (if non-certified at time of application). Candidate must receive State of Florida Certificate of Compliance prior to official job offer.

Applicants must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s license, with an acceptable driving record. “The Driving Policy is currently under review. You may qualify under the new policy; we encourage you to apply for the position”.

Prior to the interview date, proof of the following must be provided:

Candidates must possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate provided by an authorized CPAT testing center prior to interview date. Valid CPAT certificates must be dated within 1 year of application date.

At the time of hire, proof of the following must be provided:

Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance.

Possession and maintenance of State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification is a condition of continued employment with Alachua County Fire Rescue. Individuals must be certified as Emergency Medical Technician in order to perform EMT duties.

FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC 56

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC 56:

Graduation from high school or equivalent. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check is required prior to employment.

Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:

1. A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products. Click this link to retrieve the document.

2. State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance or current enrollment in a state recognized Fire Academy (if non-certified at time of application). Candidate must receive State of Florida Certificate of Compliance prior to official job offer.

3. Applicants must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s license, with an acceptable driving record. “The Driving Policy is currently under review. You may qualify under the new policy; we encourage you to apply for the position”.

4. Candidates must possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate provided by an authorized CPAT testing center prior to interview date. Valid CPAT certificates must be dated within 1 year of application date.

5. All firefighters will be hired into the position as a Firefighter/EMT. Once the candidate  has successfully met with and been approved by the County’s Medical Director to provide Advanced Life Support care, the candidate will then be reclassified as a Firefighter Paramedic.

6.  Current designation as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider.

Upon appointment to position, the following must be completed and maintained as a condition of employment:

1. Successful completion of a course in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support / International Trauma Life Support must be obtained within the first twelve months upon appointment to position.

2. Certification by the Alachua County Medical Director within the first month of employment and maintain this certification as a condition of employment.

3. Possession and maintenance of a State of Florida Paramedic Certification is a condition of continued employment with Alachua County Fire Rescue.

NOTE: APPLICANTS SELECTED FROM THIS POSTING MAY BE PLACED ON AN ACTIVE ELIGIBILITY LIST FOR 24 MONTHS.

NOTE: This position for firefighter is funded under a Federal SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant program. This grant is funded through February of 2021. In the event that funding is not continued for these positions, the positions will be eliminated unless otherwise directed by the BOCC at the end of the grant program. Employees are eligible for benefits but have no rights to permanent employment.

Please apply on-line at http://www.alachuacounty.us/employment. Please direct inquiries regarding this position to (352) 374-5219.

 

Applicants with disabilities will be accommodated in the application process. Preference in initial appointment will be given to eligible veterans and spouses of disabled veterans.

ALL OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT WILL BE CONTINGENT UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST.

TDD users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M.F.V.D.

Pursuant to Florida’s open records law, applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure.

Job Opportunity – Alachua County Senior Environmental Specialist

October 16, 2017 by FLERA

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

Senior Environmental Specialist

$47,499.09 – $73,784.88 Annually

Closing Date: 10/27/17

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with major course work in environmental science, environmental engineering, chemistry, natural science, or a related field, and three years of professional level environmental related experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver’s license. Applicants within six months of meeting the education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

Note: This position is in the Parks and Conservation Land Division

Please apply on-line at http://www.alachuacounty.us/employment. Please direct inquiries regarding this position to (352) 374-5219.

Applicants with disabilities will be accommodated in the application process. Preference in initial appointment will be given to eligible veterans and spouses of disabled veterans.

ALL OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT WILL BE CONTINGENT UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST.

TDD users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M.F.V.D.

Pursuant to Florida’s open records law, applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure.

Job Opportunity – Alachua County Environmental Professional Engineer

October 16, 2017 by FLERA

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

Environmental Professional Engineer

$64,752.27 – $103,728.98 Annually

Closing Date: 10/27/17

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or civil engineering and four years of professional level environmental engineering experience or equivalent professional engineering related experience. Must become registered as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) by the State of Florida within six months of employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

Please apply on-line at http://www.alachuacounty.us/employment. Please direct inquiries regarding this position to (352) 374-5219.

 

Applicants with disabilities will be accommodated in the application process. Preference in initial appointment will be given to eligible veterans and spouses of disabled veterans.

ALL OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT WILL BE CONTINGENT UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST.

TDD users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M.F.V.D.

Pursuant to Florida’s open records law, applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure.

Job Opportunity – Hillsborough County Project Manager I (Quality Assurance)

October 16, 2017 by FLERA

Project Manager I (Quality Assurance)
Recruitment #1710-PM1EPCQ-002

Date Opened: 10/13/2017 4:00:00 PM
Filing Deadline: 10/27/2017 11:59:00 PM
Salary: $46,238.40 – $73,424.00/year
Department: Environmental Protection Commission
Job Type: Open Recruitment
Employment Type: Full-Time
Click HERE to apply

 

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree in a technical field with three years of experience in either a laboratory or environmental program involved in quality assurance of data and/or experience writing standard operating procedures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor’s degree with a major in the natural sciences or engineering; and three or more years of program/project management experience that includes at least two years of experience in a laboratory or environmental program with data quality assurance responsibilities and/or responsibility for developing and implementing standard operating procedures.

Or

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge and understanding of data quality statistics and acceptance testing.
  • Knowledge of statistical software and word processing program.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of project management.
  • Knowledge of the processes, activities, requirements and objectives of the functional area to which assigned.
  • Mathematical skills in performance and quality assurance statistics and evaluating performance audits.
  • Technical writing skills in preparing quality assurance reports, technical evaluations, and standard operating procedures.
  • Ability to read, understand, and explain technical guidance documents and federal regulations.
  • Ability to plan and implement data quality controls and enhancements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and solve problems involving several variables or unique situations.
  • Ability to manage the details of projects, track activities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to collect, organize and analyze data and make logical decisions.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Generates air monitoring instrument performance statistics and quality assurance reports needed to review and validate air monitoring data.  This includes identifying and tracking the corrective actions necessary when performance criteria are not met.
  • Reviews and updates Air Monitoring Section Standard Operating Procedures for data quality assurance and quality control and provided comments to federal or state Quality Assurance Project Plans, technical assistance documents, and statewide SOPs.
  • Performs internal audits of field technician engaged in air pollutant sampling, instrument maintenance, and data management.
  • Designing project plans for special purpose air monitoring studies, developing presentations and public information materials for the air monitoring program.
  • Reviews and evaluates new and revised air monitoring regulations and reporting requirements which includes participation on USEPA Region 4 and statewide workgroups of committees.
  • Performs project management work by managing, coordinating and implementing small projects or parts of larger complex projects.
  • Directs and coordinates activities concerned with the implementation of a project.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of contract drafts, requests for proposal, and other related documents for review.
  • Manage project execution to ensure adherence to plan, schedule and scope.
  • Identifies, tracks, monitors and communicates project-related tasks, issues, scope changes, variances and contingencies that may arise during the project implementation.
  • Monitors project budget, monitors status of allocated funds and controls expenses.
  • Prepares and maintains project documentation.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

Conclusion

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: The Civil Service Board and its client agencies value the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. Therefore, special consideration and priority in appointment will be given to veteran preference-eligible applicants (as described in Section 295.07, F.S.) throughout each step of the selection process.

The applicant claiming veterans’ preference is responsible for providing required documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference CAN be provided at the time of application submission. Documentation can easily be provided to us electronically through this online application system (preferred), but can also be provided to us by email, fax, or USPS. However, in ALL cases, required documentation must be provided to us prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants that meet the minimum job requirements and qualify for Veterans’ Preference who believe they have not been afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law, may file a written complaint requesting an investigation with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708. The complaint must be filed within 60 calendar days from the date the applicant receives notice that s/he was not selected.  Prior to filing a complaint, however, it is the responsibility of the preference-eligible applicant to contact the employer at least one time after 45 days have passed from the final date for submitting an application or the interview date, whichever is later in time, if the applicant has not received notice of a hiring decision.

For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit the Civil Service Board website by clicking here.

DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE: The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.

RESPONSE/RECOVERY ACTIVITIES: Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Hillsborough County provides equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

APPLICANTS RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS:  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster;  Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Poster; and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster.

FLERAlert – Volume 1 Issue 14

May 11, 2017 by FLERA

Session Wrap Up
The Legislature was scheduled to conclude its work on Friday, May 5, but finally adjourned sine die on Monday, May 8 at 8:52 pm, after extending through the weekend and into Monday because the budget was not completed on time.  There was much speculation that the chambers might end session with no budget and come back for a special session in June.  Although the budget was ultimately completed, it was a bumpy ride.  Hundreds of pages of policy were amended into conforming bills and debated on the floor of both chambers Friday and Monday.  Many significant legislative items, such as gaming, medical marijuana, workers compensation, and assignment of benefits legislation did not make it past the finish line.  We have highlighted some of the major environmental items of interest here.  For a detailed bill report that contains the final status of all the legislation FLERA tracked, please click here.

 


Your Conference Committee is finalizing preparations for the 2017 FLERA Annual Conference at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota from August 2-4, 2017. Registration information and hotel options can be found on the FLERA website.

 


Bills That Passed

Lake Okeechobee
SB 10 by Senator Bradley authorizes a significant increase in southern water storage to further the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron. The bill authorizes up to $800 million in Florida Forever bonds and appropriates $30 million for this fiscal year and $64 million annually beginning next fiscal year for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project.  It also appropriates funding for the C-51 Reservoir Project.

Natural Hazards
HB 181 by Representative Jacobs creates a natural hazards interagency working group for the purpose of sharing information on current and potential impacts of natural hazards through the state, coordinating ongoing efforts of state agencies in addressing impacts of natural hazards, and collaborating on statewide initiatives to address natural hazards.  The bill defines “natural hazards” to include extreme heat, drought, wildfire, sea-level change, high tides, storm surge, saltwater intrusion, stormwater runoff, flash floods, inland flooding, and coastal flooding.  The bill requires the Division of Emergency Management, on behalf of the workgroup, to prepare and submit an annual progress report to the Governor and Legislature beginning January 1, 2019, and requires agency liaisons to ensure the report is posted on their agency websites.

Resource Recovery and Management
HB 335 by Representative C. Clemons expands the exemption from solid waste regulations to facilities that convert recovered materials by gasification, pyrolysis, or other thermal conversion process.  The bill also defines terms used in the exemption and makes conforming changes to other statutes.

Pollution
SB 1018 by Senator Grimsley contains provisions related to contaminated site cleanup as well as pollution notification.  The bill provides for the advancement ahead of priority ranking for the rehabilitation of individual petroleum contaminated sites proposed for redevelopment.  It also provides that any reportable pollution release must be reported to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) within 24 hours.

 


Bills That Failed

Preemption
HB 17 by Representative Fine and SB 1158 by Senator Passidomo, while different in substance, both would have significantly eroded local government home rule authority.  HB 17 received on hearing that was lengthy and contentious.  The bill passed this committee but was not heard again.  SB 1158 did not receive a hearing.  These bills would have significantly impacted local environmental programs.

Florida Forever
HB 7119 by the House Governmental Accountability Committee would have realigned the components and priorities of the Florida Forever program.  The bill would have removed funding allocations for acquisitions identified on water management districts’ priority lists, acquisition of inholdings and additions to state parks, state forests, lands managed by FWC, greenways and trails, and land acquisition grants under FRDAP.  These projects would remain eligible to receive funding through the priority list developed by the ARC.

The bill would have increased the funding allocation to Florida Communities Trust from 21 percent to 25 percent and would have consolidated the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program into this allocation.  It also would have increased funding allocations for the Rural and Family Lands Program from 3 percent to 40 percent.  Lastly, it would have removed the use of Florida Forever funding for capital project expenditures and land management.  The Legislature would still be able to directly appropriate funding for these items under the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.  This bill surfaced late in the session and the Senate did not agree to include this proposal in the budget package.

Stormwater
HB 751 by Representative C. Clemons and SB 1378 by Senator Perry would have required all local governments to adopt DEP best management practices (BMPs) and other local stormwater management measures and would have prohibited local governments from adopting more stringent water quality standards for stormwater discharges.  Although it would have given local governments a presumption of compliance with water quality standards, the bills had numerous technical problems.  Neither bill received a hearing.

Agency Rulemaking
HB 1163 by Representative Spano and SB 1640 by Senator Broxson would have required state agencies to prepare a statement of estimated regulatory cost before adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule except an emergency rule.  HB 1163 passed the House but died in Senate messages.  SB 1640 died in its second of three committees.

HB 1225 by Representative Fitzenhagen and SB 1352 by Senator Young would have required the Governor to appoint Administrative Law Judges to four year terms from nominees selected by a statewide nominating commission.  HB 1225 passed the House but died in Senate messages.  SB 1352 died in its last committee.

EPC Sterling Trifecta Showcase!

October 14, 2016 by FLERA

And they’re off! It’s Customers, Processes and Workforce in the lead for the win at the great EPC Sterling Trifecta Showcase! Don’t leave your success to chance. Come join us on November 16th as we share our winning Sterling strategies in three exciting sessions with an on-site tour. We will also host a unique “Hav-A-Tampa” dining experience for breakfast and lunch with a featured keynote address. Don’t delay. Let us help you create your own Road to Excellence – this is one showcase you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more! showcase_poster_EPC jc

Florida Electric Vehicle Summit

September 27, 2016 by FLERA

Florida Electric Vehicle Summit

October 17 – 20, 2016

Special Registration and Hotel Rates Ending Soon!

View more information here! http://www.evsummit.org/registration.php

Pinecrest Gardens Educational Programs Newsletter

September 27, 2016 by FLERA

There is a lot going on in Pinecrest Gardens for you or students to get involved in. Programs for scouts, art contest and more!

Click here for the Pinecrest Gardens Educational Programs Newsletter

Florida Wildlife Corridor Film

September 27, 2016 by FLERA

Florida Wildlife Corridor Film. Wed Sept 28, 7pm – Bush Science Center, Rollins College

 

Click here for the full announcement: http://www.flera.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/image005.jpg

 

 

The 2016 Water Module: Helping a River and a Lagoon September 15 & 16, 2016

September 14, 2016 by FLERA

The 2016 Water Module: Helping a River and a Lagoon

September 15 & 16, 2016

Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, Florida

Join this great and informative class, an excellent opportunity to increase your understanding of the status of waters and monitoring around the state.

https://www.floridaearth.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.register-for-water-module-2016

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