Environmental Scientist I

Recruitment #1711-ENVSC1EPCL-003

Introduction

Hillsborough County (County seat of Tampa, FL) is a great place to work! Situated along Florida's Gulf Coast, this region boasts an enviable quality of life with year round sunshine, a unique cultural heritage and a diverse business climate. For both individuals and companies alike, Tampa offers accessibility, affordability and opportunity.

Hillsborough County Government is a great employer looking for new members to join its team who are aligned with the 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 provide competitive and reasonable compensation.   

Hillsborough County Government consists of many independent agencies and thousands of employees.  We provide a wide range of municipal services to the citizens of Hillsborough County, including port operations, childrens' education, arts and culture, courts, planning and zoning, public transportation, environmental protection, and employment-related services.

Read below to learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Engineering, Environmental Science, Natural Science, or Wetland Science and one to two years of experience in the environmental permitting field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's degree in a Natural Science; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of wetland delineation methodology perCH 62-340 F.A.C. and adopted into
    Chapter 1-11 
  • Knowledge of basic science related to wetland function
  • Knowledge of plant identification
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations
  • Skill in entering and maintaining databases and using computer programs such as GIS
  • Skill in technical writing, oral communication and reading and interpreting scientific
    documents
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to comprehend and write scientific regulatory language
  • Ability to effectively manage projects
  • Ability for public speaking, communicating with the scientific community and general public
  • Ability for onsite wetland assessment and problem solving
  • Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions

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.

  • Identifies, delineates, and assesses wetlands within Hillsborough County.
  • Evaluates permitting applications submitted to the Agency for consistency with EPC rules as well as those of other delegated agencies.
  • Generates correspondences.
  • Conducts field inspections to ensure compliance with regulations. 
  • Researches citizen complaints and carries out compliance investigations.
  • Interacts with various stakeholder groups such as citizens, developers, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Reviews wetland impact application proposals to ensure no net loss of wetlands.
  • Attends regular Division/Agency meetings.
  • Participates in trainings such as plant and soils identification.
  • Participates and represents agency in meetings with partners, stakeholders, and general public.
  • Performs other related duties are 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

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: The Civil Service Board and its client agencies value the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. Therefore, special consideration and priority in appointment will be given to veteran preference-eligible applicants (as described in Section 295.07, F.S.) throughout each step of the selection process.

The applicant claiming veterans' preference is responsible for providing required 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 CAN be provided at the time of application submission. Documentation can easily be provided to us electronically through this online application system (preferred), but can also be provided to us by email, fax, or USPS. However, in ALL cases, required documentation must be provided to us prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants that meet the minimum job requirements and qualify for Veterans’ Preference who believe they have not been afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law, may file a written complaint requesting an investigation with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708. The complaint must be filed within 60 calendar days from the date the applicant receives notice that s/he was not selected.  Prior to filing a complaint, however, it is the responsibility of the preference-eligible applicant to contact the employer at least one time after 45 days have passed from the final date for submitting an application or the interview date, whichever is later in time, if the applicant has not received notice of a hiring decision.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit the Civil Service Board website by clicking here.

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.

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.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Hillsborough County provides equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from 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.

APPLICANTS RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS:  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster;  Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Poster; and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster.