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Hillsborough County Government

Environmental Scientist III (#ENVSC3EPCQ) EPCQ
$23.34-$38.17 Hourly / $4,045.60-$6,616.13 Monthly / $48,547.20-$79,393.60 Yearly


Performs advanced professional and technical duties in environmental regulatory programs, environmental laboratory, or environmental monitoring and advanced field activities. Manages small to medium projects and may address large projects, manages programs or staff in the field of environmental pollution control.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a Natural or Physical Science or Engineering; and
Three or more years of experience directly related to environmental regulation, monitoring, inspection, sampling, analysis, stewardship, or similar environmental duties; and
Two or more years of experience as a program/project manager, supervisor, or team leader.

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


  • Specialized technical knowledge of a specific area of pollution control/analysis, and the ability to perform and/or supervise work in that area.
  • Extensive knowledge of environmental protection and pollution control issues.
  • Extensive knowledge of the processes, activities, requirements and objectives of the functional area to which assigned.
  • Knowledge of laboratory analysis methods/procedures, environmental pollutants sampling/testing, and/or pollution control.
  • Considerable knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental control laws and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and solve problems involving several variables or unique situations.
  • Ability to manage the details of projects, track activities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to collect, organize and analyze data and make logical decisions.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to work well with others.


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.


  • Manages activities, persons, resources, operations, and/or projects related to environmental control, clean up, regulation, outreach, or analysis.
  • Directs and coordinates activities concerned with the implementation of a project or continuation of a program.
  • Reviews permit applications, field reviews and wetland delineations, plants, complaints and investigations submitted by subordinates and clients.
  • May meet with internal Professional Engineers and Geologists for guidance and approvals; Meets with contractors and inspects all assigned sites and contractors work in field.
  • Maintains department files and manages data associated with permits, complaints, compliance documents and enforcement documents.
  • Analyzes, reviews, formulates, and offers suggestions regarding policies and procedures to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and meet the organization’s goals and customer needs.
  • Validates all quality control checks, calibrations and equipment certifications; Reviews environmental monitoring data for accuracy.
  • Uses aerial photographs for assessing site guidance, ditching patterns, continuity of systems, extent of watersheds, and adjacent land use.
  • Samples or analyzes water taken from water bodies and tributaries to determine quality and habitat information.
  • May operate self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) equipment, snorkeling equipment, or boats.
  • May prepare or assist in the preparation of contract drafts, requests for proposal, and other related documents for review.
  • Evaluates resources, inventory, maintenance and personnel requirements; identifies needs and makes recommendations.
  • Monitors budgets, monitors status of allocated funds and controls expenses.
  • Reviews and acts on administrative and operational problems.
  • May participate in environmental research studies.
  • Prepares and maintains job-specific documentation.
  • 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.

CLASS: ENVSC3EPCQ; EST: 4/24/2019; REV: ;