Florida Department of Environmental Protection

About Florida Department of Environmental Protection

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects, conserves and manages Florida's natural resources and enforces the State's environmental laws.

DEP oversees and manages Florida's award-winning state parks and trails system. Since 1990, through its innovative land acquisition programs - Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever - more than two million acres of valuable lands have been preserved, protecting habitat for 190 native and endangered animals and plants, while restoring ecosystems throughout the state.

The Department's regulatory priorities include administering Florida's air pollution control programs to best protect human health; protecting and restoring water quality; managing hazardous waste and cleanups; overseeing beach restorations; and reviewing applications for power plants, transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. In addition, DEPs six District Offices ensure statewide compliance with department rules.

Together with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), DEP is Restoring America’s Everglades. Implementation of the Restoration Strategies Water Quality Plan, which builds on the state’s $1.8 billion investment in water quality improvements, includes additional projects to achieve the stringent water quality requirements established for the Everglades. DEP also partners with the SFWMD on implementation of the 30-year, $13.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). To date, Florida has committed $2.4 billion toward the 50-50 state/federal cost-share and acquired 60 percent (~244,000 acres) of the land needed for restoration.



May 2023 - August 2023 Fort Myers, FL
“Everyone is very kind and the atmosphere is very calm. We got everything completed and had fun at the same time.”

Government Analyst I

May 2019 - August 2019 Tallahassee, FL
“I really liked how encouraging and helpful everyone was in the office. Everyone on the team was so excited to meet me and help me get started. Anytime I had a question or needed any guidance, every person was eager to help me. My superiors gave me a lot of autonomy to get my project done and the freedom to make decisions about the presentation and nature of the project. I really appreciated that I was treated as an equal and able to learn so much in just a short few months. It felt like I was truly one of their co-workers and not just an intern for the summer. ”
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