Environmental Lands Management Specialist

Recruitment #1805-ELMSPCCPP4-001



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.


This position oversees a field crew responsible for heavy equipment operations that support environmental lands management on the County's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) lands.


A Bachelor's degree in a Natural Science; and
Two years of experience in environmental lands management.


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


  • 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


  • Ability to walk, climb, run, stoop, bend, stand, push, pull, lift 40 lbs. and carry heavy items
  • Ability to work outdoors year round in typical Florida conditions
  • Weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Work involves being around flames and smoke.
  • This position may be required to report for work, and work long hours, when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Hillsborough County.


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:



  • Obtain, within six months of hiring, and maintain valid restricted use pesticide license/natural areas category throughout employment
  • Obtain, within three months of hiring, and maintain valid Florida class a cdl license with tanker endorsement throughout employment 
  • Obtain and maintain Florida certified prescribed burn manager certification, as directed 
  • Supervise the work of one or more field staff Operate tractors, backhoes and other heavy machinery Fasten and transport loads such as heavy equipment, utv’s, mowers, etc. Using trucks and trailers 
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on tractors, utv’s, mowers, power tools, and other equipment Maintain grounds, trails and fire lanes through mowing, disking, trimming, etc.
  • Conduct exotic plant control using herbicide and other methods Trim limbs and brush using hand tools and power saws
  • Construct and maintain signs, restroom facilities and parking areas at various preserves
  • Open and close gates, as needed, for public access Conduct regular site security inspections Remove trash from preserves Assist with habitat restoration activities 
  • Assist with exotic/ invasive/ nuisance animal removal Attend job skill training and apply new skills, as needed Document daily activities in preserves, including plant & animal sightings
  • Act as project manager for various land management related projects
  • Completes forms and other paperwork as needed to write specifications, scopes of work and other forms of written documentation Provides training for staff, and reports training needs to supervisor Ensures team of staff works safely, stays on schedule, and focuses on priorities
  • Monitor tools, stocks of materials, fuel, lubricant and other essentials Other duties



  • Knowledge of preserve locations, trails, and access points.
  • Knowledge of safe and proficient operation of tractors and similar heavy equipment.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to follow safety procedures and technical directions.
  • High degree of adaptability and problem solving ability.
  • Ability to safely operate power tools such as power saws, trimmers, mowers, etc.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Restricted Use Pesticide License/Natural Areas category.
  • Ability to attend prescribed fire training, become a Florida Certified Prescribed Burner, lead burns, and maintain certification
  • Good interpersonal relations skills with public and co-workers
  • Other skills and abilities related to land management.


  • Must obtain within 6 months of hiring, and maintain valid Restricted Use Pesticide License/Natural Areas Category throughout employment.
  • Must obtain within 3 months of hiring, and maintain valid Florida Class A CDL .
  • Must pass basic firefighting training courses (S130, S190, I100) within 6 months of employment.




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 three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 60 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 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 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 12 paid holidays per year.

Visit our Employee 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*