Benefits

The District offers a generous variety of benefits to promote health and wellness, work-life balance and financial security.

Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave

Medical, dental and vision

Employee Assistance Program

Legal and identity theft

Well-being program

Florida Retirement System

Deferred compensation

Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer

Tuition Reimbursement

State Adoption Benefit Program qualified employer

Medical

You have two medical insurance coverage options including a copay plan and a high deductible health plan (HDHP). 

Health Savings Accounts & Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) including health care FSA, limited purpose FSA and dependent care FSA are available.

Dental

The dental insurance helps pay for routine cleanings and oral exams in addition to many basic and major restorative services such as orthodontia. The District contributes 61–79% towards your dental insurance premium depending on the tier level you choose.

Vision

Vision insurance includes eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses and frames. Your monthly contributions range from approximately $6–18, depending on the tier level selected.

Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

As a full-time employee, you are automatically enrolled in the employer-paid Basic Term Life (Life) insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance with a benefit amount equal to 1.5 times your annual salary. You have the opportunity to purchase additional Life and AD&D insurance to increase the financial security for your loved ones.

Disability

Voluntary short-term disability insurance is available to protect you against the loss of income, up to 60%, in the event of accident or illness. Long-term disability is provided at no cost to you and offers a benefit amount equal to 60% of your pay after 90 days of disability.

Supplemental

The District also offers supplemental group insurance through AFLAC to protect against loss of income due to accident, critical illness and hospitalizations.

Employee Assistance Program 

The EAP is a free service available to you and your immediate family members to access a range of confidential and professional services to help address personal and family matters.

Development

Employee development is encouraged through a variety of training classes including topics such as leadership, soft skills, job related and compliance. We also provide tuition reimbursement up to $3,500 per year for you to continue education.

Professional Geologist Kristina Mallams examining samples on the Weeki Wachee.

Without the District’s financial assistance and support, it would have been very costly and difficult for me to get my master’s degree in Hydrogeology and then my Professional Geologist license.
– Kristina Mallams

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The District is a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. As a District employee, you may be eligible for the federal PSLF program. The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

Paid Time Off

In addition to 9 paid holidays and 1 floating holiday each calendar year, the District offers time off for your leisure and to handle personal matters. You are eligible for approximately 5 weeks of paid time off annually (208 hours) that includes annual and sick leave, pro-rated based on your date of hire.

Compensatory Leave

In a regular exempt full-time position, you are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), meaning you will not receive overtime pay. However, compensatory leave is earned if you exceed your normal 40-hour work week. Hours worked over 40 in a work week will be coded as compensatory leave earned and available for you to use for future time off.

Florida Retirement System

As a District employee, you will participate in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) contributing 3% of pay each pay period to your FRS pension or investment plan. The District contributes more than double that each pay period. For additional retirement savings, you also have the opportunity to enroll in a deferred compensation plan with Nationwide Retirement Solutions. Employee Discounts As a District employee, you can receive discounts on products such as cellular service and computers as well as discounted tickets to attractions such as Legoland through the Employee Committee.

Adoption Assistance

The District is a qualified employer for the State Adoption Program. As a District employee, you may be eligible for adoption assistance.

Well-being

The District’s wellness program offers a variety of group activities and educational resources to encourage a healthy lifestyle. You have the opportunity to participate in annual health screenings and receive flu immunizations on-site at no cost. You can earn up to $150 each year for completing wellness activities such as the annual biometric screening, wellness classes and annual preventive exams. Discounted gym memberships and individual and group fitness challenges are also offered.

Pinky Mathew in chem lab

I really enjoy the health and wellness programs like yoga. Being part of yoga during lunch gives me an opportunity to meet employees from different sections.
– Pinky Matthew

Other

The District has a motor pool available for you to use for work-related travel such as an out of town conference or training in order to avoid wear and tear on your personal vehicle.

 


*This is a summary of benefits. See benefit plan documents and personnel guidelines for complete details. In the event of discrepancy between this document and the plan documents or guidelines, the plan documents and guidelines prevail.