Environmental Scientist

Recruitment #1811-ENVSCICPR3-004

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.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

The Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department, Environmental Services Division is seeking an Environmental Scientist to serve as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program Coordinator.  The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge of surface water quality analysis and data interpretation, and stormwater related environmental regulations related to the State of Florida’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and TMDL stormwater programs; working knowledge of ArcGis software; ability to plan, organize, and implement complex activities, programs, and projects including water quality sampling and monitoring plans; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to prepare complex reports and management plans; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with other in and outside of the County organization; skill in public speaking; and the ability to work outdoors and in wet environments for long periods of time.

JOB OVERVIEW

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor's degree in a Natural Science; and
Two years of experience in environmental protection or control, or environmental laboratory analysis; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

OR

An equivalent combination of relevant education (not less than a high school diploma), training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted above; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • 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

WORK CATEGORY

  • Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires standing for an extended period of time.
  • Typically takes place in a laboratory setting.
  • Works with chemicals and pollutants.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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:

  • Performs professional and technical duties for the county's TMDL and other associated  environment programs.
  • Designs and implements water quality monitoring plans and studies in support of national pollutant discharge elimination system and total maximum daily load requirements.
  • Collects data to inform NPDES and TMDL programs.
  • Analyzes, interprets,and presents data from internal and external efforts
  • Utilizes GIS IN assessing site conditions, watersheds, land uses, AND environmental issues.
  • Manages environmental/water quality related projects.
  • Reviews and analyzes Total Maximum Daily Load issues and attends related meetings.               
  • Conducts site inspections for stormwater/environmental issues.
  • Reviews projects for environmental/water quality issues.
  • Assists with environmental education and stormwater pollution prevention programs.
  • Prepares reports and management plans.
  • Assists in the resolution of citizen complaints and other related issues.
  • Performs other related duties as requires.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

  • Considerable Knowledge of surface water systems, water quality and data analysis.
  • Considerable Knowledge of stormwater related environmental issues.
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and ARCGIS software.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement complex activities, programs and projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others in and outside own organization.
  • Ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgment.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Ability to work outdoors an in wet environments for long periods of time.
  • Ability to organize work schedules.
  • Ability to work with internal staff and various outside agencies.
  • Ability to meet milestones and deadlines.
  • Ability to manage project budgets and schedules.
  • Must be in possession of a current Florida Driver's license and must maintain said license at all times.
  • This position will require work during man made or natural disasters (like hurricanes) when the department goes into emergency operations. This may require the incumbent to leave family for extended hours.

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 two (2) healthcare plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) 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 thirty (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 thirty (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 twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

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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 are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*