City of Tampa

Utility Facility Security Officer (#731000) 027

$26.36-$37.51 Hourly / $4,569.07-$6,501.73 Monthly / $54,828.80-$78,020.80 Yearly


This is highly responsible security work involving protection of a municipal utility facility.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing tasks of more than average difficulty involving patrolling assigned municipal utility facilities in order to prevent fire, theft, vandalism, sabotage, and other threats to the facility. Tasks includes: ensuring that facilities are secured and that security systems are operational; observing, resolving, and/or reporting any unusual conditions or activities; and verifying identity of visitors and purpose. It is important that employees be capable of remaining alert and observant during long periods of solitude. Although under general supervision, employees are required to work nights, weekends and holidays, or at locations removed from the department’s primary facility, without proximity to the immediate supervisor. The exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment, as well as tact and courtesy are expected in performing public contact tasks, particularly those involving complaints and disputes. Employees will perform security work outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. The operation of a lightweight motor vehicle might be required. Work is reviewed through observation, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Patrols utility facilities on foot or in a lightweight motor vehicle to guard against fire, theft, vandalism, sabotage, and other disruptive acts; ensures that buildings, equipment and materials are secured; checks gates and doors to ensure that they are locked; at times might be required to climb up on structures via stairs, ladders etc.; verifies identity of visitors and vendors to the facility; accompanies vendors while making deliveries; keeps unauthorized persons out of area and away from equipment and materials; observes any unusual/suspicious conditions and resolves or reports as circumstances require; requests police, fire or other assistance in resolving problems, as necessary.

Inspects building complex to identify and resolve security/safety issues; makes recommendations for corrective action and improved efficiency.

Completes reports and forms such as accident reports, visitor lists, vehicles lists etc. when required.

Monitors security systems, turns on and off and checks periodically to ensure that they are operable; monitors controls for security and fire detection systems.

Uses vehicle computer, radio or other communications equipment to contact Police Department communications for assistance or information.

Maintains security logs on inspections and personnel IDs; controls access to plant site by employees, vendors and contractors.

Performs first aid as required.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: security procedures and responsibilities; rules and regulations of assigned department.

Some knowledge of: basic reporting and records keeping procedures.

Ability to: remain alert and observant while working alone; perform work requiring physical strength and endurance including the ability to work above the ground; think and act quickly and calmly in emergencies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, and the public; analyze information or situations, solve problems and recall information and events; prepare routine reports as required.

Skill in: the operation of a lightweight motor vehicle as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school with two (2) years of college credit and three (3) years of sworn law enforcement experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers license required; current class "D" or higher security license or ability to obtain within eighteen (18) months; first aid and CPR training or ability to obtain within six (6) months.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 731000; EST: 7/11/2001; REV: 3/1/2021;