Environmental Lands Management Technician

Recruitment #1812-ELMTCHCPP2-004

Introduction

WHY JOIN US

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.

WHY WE EXIST

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.

JOB OVERVIEW

Provides technical support for access to, and management of, lands acquired through the Hillsborough County Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High School Diploma or GED Certificate; and
Two years of field experience in a position related to Ecology, Environmental Science or Natural Resource Management; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

OR

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; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • 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

WORK CATEGORY

Very heavy work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to walk, climb, run, stoop, bend, stand, push, pull, lift 40 lbs., and carry heavy items.
  • Must be able to work outdoors year round in typical Florida conditions. 
  • Work may involve being around flames and smoke.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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:

  • Maintains access points, parking areas, kiosks, recreational trails, fire lanes, and park sites.
  • Conducts exotic plant control using herbicide and other methods.
  • Prepares prescribed burn units and participate on prescribed burns, as directed by supervisor.
  • Provides for security through installation/removal/maintenance of fences, gates, locks, etc.
  • Operates tractors, backhoes, and other heavy machinery.
  • Fastens and transports loads such as heavy equipment, UTV's, mowers, power tools, and other equipment.
  • Maintains grounds, trails, and fire lanes through mowing, disking, trimiming, etc.
  • Trims limbs and brush using hand tools and power saws.
  • Constructs and maintains signs, restroom facilities, and parking areas at various preserves.
  • Opens and closes gates, as needed, for public access.
  • Conducts regular site security inspections.
  • Removes trash from preserves.
  • Assists with or gives guided field trips on various nature preserves.
  • Assists with habitat restoration activities.
  • Assists with exotic/invasive/nuisance animal removal.
  • Posts property boundaries and entrances with appropriate signage.
  • Assists with guided field trips and volunteer events. 
  • Assists with water quality monitoring.
  • Attends job skill training and applies new skills, as needed.
  • Documents daily activities in preserves, including plant and animal sightings.
  • Performs other duties as related to land management. 

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to follow safety procedures and technical directions.
  • 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.
  • High degree of adaptability and problem solving ability.
  • Ability to safely operate power tools such as chain saws, trimmers, mowers, etc.
  • Ability to learn safe and proficient operation of tractors and similar heavy equipment.
  • Good interpersonal relations skills with public and co-workers.
  • Ability to retain knowledge of preserve locations, trails, and access points.
  • Other skills and ability related to land management.
  • Maintain a valid Florida driver license throughout employment.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME POSITIONS

  • Must maintain a valid FL Driver’s License and clean driving record.
  • Must obtain and maintain Restricted Use Pesticide License-Natural Areas Category. License must be obtained within 6 months of hiring.