Most jobs within the Department are in the Career Service personnel system.
Career Service employees enjoy certain rights that begin after the employee has
achieved permanent status in the Career Service system. A newly hired Career
Service employee must serve a 12-month probationary period before attaining the
rights associated with permanent status in the Career Service. Career Service
employees may only be disciplined or dismissed for “cause” and may grieve or
appeal certain personnel actions.
Positions in the Selected Exempt Service (SES)
personnel system include middle management, professional, and supervisory
positions. SES employees are hired and retain employment at the will and
pleasure of the Secretary, and are not entitled to grieve or appeal personnel
The Senior Management Service (SMS) personnel system is comprised of upper
management and policy-making positions. SMS employees are hired and
retain employment at the will and pleasure of the Secretary, and are not
entitled to grieve or appeal personnel actions.
Temporary jobs are funded by Other Personnel
Services (OPS) appropriations. Employees hired as OPS receive an hourly wage but
no benefits such as insurance, leave, or retirement.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Learning Center program manager Sarah Falkowski teaches visitors about fish
during the Reserve’s National Estuaries Day event. Rookery Bay,
in Naples, was established nearly 30 years ago as a partnership between the State of Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The reserve is one of 27 research reserves operating across the nation, a list that includes three in Florida.