The Department of Business and Professional Regulation supports the Governor in meeting his obligation to appoint qualified, representative and appropriate people to the important leadership roles within the department’s Professional Boards, Council and Commissions. Members are appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.
The Board of Professional Geologists members work with the department in meeting its mission to “License Efficiently. Regulate Fairly.” There are approximately 1,800 licensed individuals pursuant to Chapter 492, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 61G16, Florida Administrative Code.
A Professional Geologist studies the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the earth. A Geologist may also use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems.
The Board of Professional Geologists is comprised of seven members plus one ex officio member – five professional geologists and two laypersons who are not and have never been geologists or members of any closely related profession or occupation. The Chief of the Bureau of Geology in the Department of Environmental Protection, or his/her designee, shall serve as an ex officio member of the Board. No member may serve for more than the remaining portion of a previous member’s unexpired term, plus two consecutive 4-year terms.
As the terms of the members expire, the Governor shall appoint successors for terms of four years; and such members shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified. The Governor may remove any member for cause. No person shall be appointed to serve more than two consecutive terms. Any vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the term.
Each board member shall receive per diem and mileage allowances as provided in Section 112.061, Florida Statutes, from the place of her or his residence to the place of the meeting and return to the residence.
The Board meets approximately four times a year for two days, plus teleconferences as necessary. Prior to each meeting, there is an average of five to six hours of pre-meeting preparation required. Preparation activities may include reviewing agenda items, reviewing application information, reviewing disciplinary information, and/or reading Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code.