Environmental Scientist II

Recruitment #1710-ENVSC2GENO-002

Introduction

WHY JOIN US

Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.

WHY WE EXIST

Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.

WHAT MATTERS MOST

Hillsborough County Government is guided by our shared values that help us deliver on the promise of effective quality service. We expect and demonstrate:

  • Customer Commitment: Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity: Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence: Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork: Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.

JOB OVERVIEW

Performs professional and technical duties to coordinate and manage environmental education and behavior change programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor's degree in a Natural Science; and
Two years of experience in environmental education, behavior change, program management; and Possession of a valid Driver's License.

Or
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.
  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Physical Demands:

85% of time - sitting for extended periods of time in a standard office environment utilizing a computer. 15% of time - field work including frequent fine manipulations, repetitive motion, lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds, and occasional bending/stooping, grasping, reaching. Position will be required to operate a vehicle.

Work Environment:

85% of time - cubicle setting in climate-controlled office setting.  15% of t ime - traveling for business needs.  This position will be required to be available to assist in Emergency events  such as Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, etc.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Working knowledge of ecology, botany, and biology.
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems.
  • Working knowledge of desktop publishing and graphic design.
  • Working knowledge of various governmental agency regulations.
  • Skill in interpretation of scientific concepts to various levels of understanding.
  • Skill in writing (technical/creative/informative) and report production.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Skill in facilitating education programs.
  • Ability to create curriculums and lesson development.
  • Ability to work outdoors and in wet environments for long periods of time.
  • Ability to organize work schedules.
  • Ability to work with internal staff and various agencies.
  • Ability to meet milestones and deadlines.
  • Ability to manage a budget.

REPRESENTATIVE 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 one or more of the activities described below.

  • Coordinates all activities in the implementation of environmental education/behavior change programs.
  • Coordinates schedules, manages program budget, procures tools, equipment, plants, and other supplies for the program.
  • Utilizes GIS in assessing site conditions, continuity of systems, watersheds, and various land uses.
  • Trains and educates the public.
  • Attends public events to educate the public on stormwater pollution issues. 
  • Prepares and maintains pollution prevention educational materials.
  • Prepares and submits detailed reports of activities.
  • Assists in the collection of water quality samples, field reviews, and wetland delineations.
  • Assists in the resolution of citizen complaints and other related issues.
  • May supervise activities and personnel engaged in an environmental evaluation, enforcement and/or permitting program.
  • Formulates and recommends policies and procedures to ensure the maximum utilization of personnel and to increase program effectiveness.  
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

Conclusion

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 60 days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year.

Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*