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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST II (CONSERVATION SERVICES)

Concurrent Open & Closed recruitments require 2 separate apps

Recruitment #A1912-R0-o22633

Introduction

Hillsborough County Government is looking for new members to join our team who are aligned with our core values of commitment to excellence; stellar customer service; and embracing diversity, transparency, and accountability.  Our employees enjoy careers that are professionally and personally rewarding and that provide fair and reliable compensation.   

Hillsborough County Government consists of many independent agencies with over 9,000 combined employees.  We provide a wide range of municipal services to the citizens of Hillsborough County, including law enforcement, detention, fire, street construction and maintenance, courts, library, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, property appraisal, tax collection, water, sewer, and solid waste collection services. In addition, we also employ professionals, paraprofessionals, and clerical staff in a wide range of service support functions, including management, finance, information technology, human resources, facilities, communications, etc. 

Learn more about Hillsborough County or read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team.

MAJOR FUNCTION

Performs professional and technical duties in an environmental laboratory or in the field.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Employees in this class perform duties of more than average difficulty requiring reasonable initiative and independent judgment under general supervision.

MAJOR DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Coordinates the implementation of restoration and mitigation projects with federal, state, and local government agencies.
  • Develops requests for proposals for upland and wetland restoration activities.
  • Supervises the development of restoration plans, including environmental permit applications.
  • Oversees all phases of contracted site work.
  • Administers all phases of restoration grant agreements and associated funding.
  • Manages lease agreements on ELAPP sites.
  • Pursues grants and other supplemental funding sources and prepares reports as necessary.
  • Supervises in-house staff conducting site restoration activities.
  • Provides oversight of site management activities, including prescribed burning, exotic plant control, listed species recovery assessments, biodiversity studies, etc.
  • Participates in all aspects of management of other County owned preserve areas.
  • Works with volunteer and user groups to further site management objectives.
  • May rate, supervise or train other staff members.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of habitat restoration techniques, especially re-establishment of natural plant communities on disturbed lands.
  • Knowledge of Florida upland and wetland ecosystems.
  • Knowledge of biological sampling methods and statistics.
  • Knowledge of fire behavior, fire equipment, importance of prescribed burning, and fire safety.
  • Knowledge of common herbicides, their use, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of Environmental Permitting.
  • Skill in using aerial photographs and soil surveys to locate natural habitats.
  • Ability to identify common, nuisance, rare, and listed plant and animal species.
  • Ability to follow technical instructions.
  • Ability to read and understand technical plans and drawings.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Note: Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

Bachelor's degree with a major in Biology, Botany, Environmental Science/Studies, Wildlife Management, Natural Areas Management or related field; and
Two years of experience in environmental protection or management; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

OR

Master's degree with a major in Biology, Botany, Environmental Science/Studies, Wildlife Management, Natural Areas Management or related field; and
One year of experience in environmental protection or management; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

Conclusion

OPEN AND CLOSED RECRUITMENTS:  We are running concurrent Closed (Internal) and Open recruitments. Internal candidates on a closed eligibility list must be considered first, prior to a selection being made from the open eligibility list. To be considered for the same classification under Open recruitment, internal candidates must also apply under the open recruitment process.

 

VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.

 

DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE:  The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.

 

NOTE: Depending on the agency of employment, individuals hired may be required to review Hillsborough County driving eligibility criteria and acknowledge their understanding of its provisions.

 

NOTE: Employees are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters affecting the County.  They are required to work in their normal job duties or other activities within their skills and capabilities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with existing rules and procedures.

 

EXAMINATION: Applicants will be competitively rated on the basis of their

 

 
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