About Our Job

Sarasota County has an abundance of sun, sand, and beaches! That is why it’s a premier community where people choose to live, work and play. As an Environmental Specialist III with the Beaches and Water Access Division, you will have the opportunity to supervise Environmental Specialists and participate in operations associated with the management of natural resources within beach, island, and water access parks. You will be the lead for identifying and applying for funding, planning, design and implementation of upland, marine, estuarine, and artificial reef habitat management activities to keep Sarasota beautiful! Want to be a part of this amazing team? Apply today!


Project Administration: Coordinate habitat improvement projects, invasive plant and animal management, artificial reef construction, water access improvements, unit management plans, and stewardship activities. Coordinate and administer grant applications and permits to the Artificial Reef Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, WCIND and other appropriate sources. Assist county departments, agencies and stakeholders with special projects including derelict vessel removals, boat ramp maintenance, water access development and maintenance, boater safety, and waterway navigational improvements and maintenance.

Contract Management: Develop, coordinate, and administer contractual services for natural resource management and water access improvement projects. Assist Capital Projects and Parks Planning with the development of water access improvement projects.

Environmental Management and Monitoring: Manage, lead, and participate with the Division’s Environmental Specialists that are responsible for assisting with conducting ecological and bathymetry surveys and mapping, sea-grass monitoring, invasive plant and animal management, integrated pest management compliance, habitat improvement projects, and environmental education. Assess environmental projects in terms of on-site and off-site environmental impacts as requested by the Division Manager.

Area Contingency Plans:  Coordinate with County EOC staff on water access plans and waterway debris management as needed. Coordinate with other county departments and outside agencies to address derelict vessels and the safe navigation of waterways with Sarasota County.

Perform Public Outreach: Develop and/or distribute information for public education regarding the coastal natural resources and their management in Sarasota County. Provide technical assistance to civic groups, advisory boards, police, marine patrol and coast guard. Respond to citizen’s questions either by phone, in writing or in person. Work with the local media to keep them informed of significant events as requested or initiated. Work with volunteers to achieve community and Division goals.

Additional Duties: Maintain field equipment in safe and proper operating condition including the Division boats and all associated electronics. Maintain monitoring equipment including GPS, depth finders and SCUBA equipment. Obtain and maintain the necessary training to be a crew member on the county’s prescribed fire management team.

About You:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology, ecology, environmental sciences or a related field and three (3) years professional experience.
  • Master’s degree may substitute for one year of professional experience
  • Progressively responsible professional experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required college degree
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications:

  • United States Coast Guard boater safety certifications,
  • State of Florida pesticide applicators license with an endorsement in Natural Areas,
  • Wildland fire certifications in S 130,S 190, and L 180
  • Scuba diving certification

 About Everything Else:

Pay Range: $50,523.20 – $67,932.80