Utility Locate Technician

Recruitment #1907-UTLOTCAG07-002



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.


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.


Utility Locate Technician is responsible for locating, and marking the location of subsurface utilities in order to prevent accidental damage or disruption of service using locating instruments, and utilities maps and diagrams. Locates and marks existing underground infrastructure including: water, wastewater lines, water, and storm water collection system.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
One year of experience in construction inspection; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


An equivalent combination of training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted above; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • 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


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.


  • Work is generally outdoors and may occur during moderately adverse conditions to include weather, traffic, dampness, and exposure to storm water and waste water flows and atmospheres.
  • Lift and carry equipment for periods of short duration but repeatedly over the course of a day (occasionally requires heavy lifting).


    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:

    • Locates and marks location of water, reclaimed water or wastewater lines to prevent damage during construction, boring and digging operations.
    • Maintains accurate records using paper and/or electronic systems.
    • Uses electronic and/or paper utility maps, engineering plans, computer programs and other drawings to assist in determining actual location of utilities.
    • Uses electronic pipe locating equipment, ground penetrating radar (GPR), metal detectors, shovels, probing rods and measuring instruments to field verify the location of utilities.
    • Identifies errors and/or makes corrections to utilities maps and relay the information for GIS mapping updates.
    • Interacts with general public and contractors to relay information relating to utilities.
    • Performs related work as required.


      • Knowledge construction practices and techniques, construction trades, and safety practices in the construction industry.
      • Knowledge of basic mathematics and use of computers.
      • Knowledge of utility as-builts, utility maps, construction plans; and the Damage Prevention Guide published by Sunshine State One Call of Florida, Inc. as well as Chapter 556, Florida Statutes.
      • Knowledge of methods and techniques of engineering, municipal rules, regulations, and ordinances relating to construction and landscaping activities
      • Knowledge of basic inspection practices and procedures.
      • Basic knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, Google Earth, and ArcGIS mapping software; and the Damage Prevention Guide published by Sunshine State One Call of Florida, Inc. as well as Chapter 556, Florida Statutes.
      • Ability to reach a logical conclusion; coordinate activities with others
      • Ability to follow moderately complex instructions and procedures.
      • Ability to read and comprehend codes and requirements; read dials and gauges.
      • Ability to lift and carry equipment for periods of short duration but repeatedly over the course of a day (occasionally requires heavy lifting).
      • Ability comprehend and complete standard forms; perform mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
      • Ability to prepare oral and written reports and maintain accurate records.
      • Ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials and the general public.
      • Ability to adhere to the guidelines of Sunshine State One Call of Florida; and Chapter 556 of the Florida Statutes.



        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.

        Visit our 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 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*