Blake has worked as an environmental scientist in both the public and private sectors for over 20 years and, as a result, has broad experience in a variety of fields. He is certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) by the Society of Wetland Scientists, and is a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent. His experience in local and state wetland regulatory agencies has included the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. During his tenure at these agencies, he was responsible for conducting regulatory evaluations of numerous development, mining, and transportation projects. He also participated in rule development and staff training.
As a private-sector consultant, Blake has been responsible for the management of many large development, transportation, mining, agricultural and mitigation projects, and navigating their complex wetland and protected species regulatory issues. Blake also worked as a contractor for the state of Louisiana and was responsible for NRDA Shoreline/Vegetation field operations management for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Release incident. In his current role, Blake is responsible for managing field studies and preparing documentation for transportation projects, mitigation banks, and environmental permitting.