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Hillsborough County Government

Environmental Scientist I (#ENVSC1EPCL) EPCL
$17.01-$27.82 Hourly / $2,948.40-$4,822.13 Monthly / $35,380.80-$57,865.60 Yearly


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


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

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


  • 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.


  • Working knowledge of laboratory analysis methods and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of environmental pollutants sampling and testing.
  • Working knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental control and mitigation laws and regulations.
  • Skill in the use and operation of laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to conduct and interpret chemical laboratory test results.
  • Ability to use and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to use and operate SCUBA equipment and boats.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


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.

  • Conducts laboratory tests of pollutants samples by using chemical, physical, microbiological, chromatographic, atomic absorption and/or colorimetric analyses.
    Prepares chemical reagents, maintains inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies, maintains sample logs and compiles statistical data.
  • Recommends new and improved laboratory procedures.
  • Investigates permit applications, field reviews, wetland delineations and defines jurisdictional limits of wetlands.
  • Investigates site mitigation and reviews asbuilt drawings to assure compliance with specifications.
  • Conducts field inspections to ensure compliance with wetland regulations and takes enforcement action when required.
  • Investigates and resolves citizens complaints related to noise, air or water quality.
  • Takes water samples from water bodies and tributaries to determine quality and habitat information.
  • Performs quality assurance audits on ambient air or water monitoring equipment.
  • Conducts special studies and analyses on ambient air quality.
  • Conducts surveys of air monitoring stations.
  • May utilize self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) equipment or boats in the performance of some of the duties.
  • May make minor repairs and adjustments to laboratory and field instruments and equipment.
  • Prepares and submits detailed reports of activities.
  • 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.