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About DEP

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, protecting our air, water and land. DEP is divided into three primary areas:

Land and Recreation programs acquire and protect lands for preservation and recreation. DEP oversees 175 state parks and trails and more than 12 million acres of public lands and 4 million acres of coastal uplands and submerged lands.

Regulatory programs safeguard natural resources by overseeing permitting and compliance activities that protect air and water quality, and manage waste cleanups.

Ecosystems Restoration programs protect and improve water quality and aquatic resources including America’s Everglades, Florida’s iconic springs and Florida’s world-renowned coastal resources. DEP works with communities, local governments and other agencies to protect and restore water quality and supply and to provide funding assistance for water restoration and infrastructure projects, as well as coordinates the protection of Florida’s submerged lands and coastal areas.

How can DEP help you?

  • Compliance assistance: The department helps residents and businesses comply with environmental regulations through site visits and technical support. DEP’s six regulatory district offices review permit applications, inspect permitted facilities, respond to reports of environmental damage, and conduct compliance assistance and enforcement.
  • Education and information: You can sign up for a variety of digital newsletters, updates and announcements about the department’s programs, activities and events.
  • Recognizing environmental stewardship: DEP encourages sound environmental practices through its sustainable initiatives programs, including Clean Marinas, Green Lodging, Green School and Recycling Recognition.

DEP offers a wide range of career and internship opportunities across the state. View the DEP Job Portal, or learn more about applying for an internship.

Last Modified:
February 10, 2023 - 4:06pm

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