Environmental Lands Management Technician(Environmental Outreach)

Recruitment #1910-ELMTCHCPP3-001

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 environmental education and outreach programs on 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
  • Four years of field experience in a position related to Ecology, Environmental Science or Natural Resource Management; 

OR

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

AND

    • Must obtain within 6 months of employment valid Florida Class “B” Commercial Driver’s License with tanker endorsement, and maintain throughout employment; AND
    • Must obtain within 6 months of employment valid Restricted Use Pesticide License-Natural Areas Category, and maintain throughout employment.

    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

    • Requires performing physical labor on consistent basis
    • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions in a subtropical climate.
    • Work involves 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:

      • Develops environmental education curriculum and leads outreach programs including field trips, community presentations, workshops, and guided hikes and paddling trips
      • Assists the Senior Outreach Coordinator with the development of the annual Outreach Plan
      • Nurtures new and old relationships with collaborative partners
      • Assists in the organization of special events
      • Creates digital content for web-based promotions
      • Recruits, trains and manages volunteers to assist with outreach programming and trail maintenance
      • Prepare prescribed burn units and participate prescribed burns, as directed• Assist with habitat restoration activities
      • 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
      • Trim limbs and brush using hand tools and power saws
      • Construct and maintain signs, restroom facilities and parking areas at various preserves
      • Schedule and conduct maintenance of access points, parking areas, kiosks, recreational trails, fire lanes, and park sites
      • Open and close gates, as needed, for public access
      • Remove trash from preserves
      • Post property boundaries and entrances with appropriate signage.
      • Document daily activities in preserves, including plant & animal sightings
      • Conduct regular site security inspections
      • Assist with exotic/ invasive/ nuisance animal removal.
      • Assist with water quality monitoring.
      • Attend job skill training and apply new skills, as needed
      • Obtain, within six months of hiring, and maintain valid Restricted Use Pesticide License/Natural
      • Areas Category throughout employment
      • Obtain, within one year of hiring, and maintain valid Florida Class B CDL license with tanker endorsement throughout employment
      • Ability to pass basic fire training courses including S130, S190, I100 within six months of hire date.
      • Other duties as assigned

      JOB SPECIFICATIONS

      • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others. Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations with the public and staff members.
      • Strong knowledge of Florida Ecosystems.
      • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with minimal supervision and in a timely fashion.
      • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. High degree of adaptability and problem solving ability
      • Ability to walk, climb, run, stoop, bend, stand, push, pull, lift 40 lbs. and carry heavy item, and to work outdoors year round in typical Florida conditions
      • Skill in operation of UTV, truck and trailer, tractors and similar heavy equipment. Ability to operate power tools such as spray pumps, chain saws, trimmers, mowers, etc.
      • Proficiency using Microsoft Office and graphic design and email marketing software
      • Ability to obtain and maintain Restricted Use Pesticide License/Natural Areas category within 6 months of hire date. Ability to obtain and maintain class B CDL within one year of hire date.
      • Ability to pass basic fire training courses including S130, S190, I100 within six months of hire date. Ability to pass the Inter-agency Basic Prescribed Fire Training Course given by the Florida Division of Forestry and obtain/maintain prescribed burn certification.

       

      ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME POSITIONS

      • Possession of a valid Florida Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License with tanker endorsement may be required within 6 months of employment.

      Conclusion

      WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

      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 two (2) healthcare plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) 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 thirty (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 thirty (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 twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

      Visit our 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*

       

      EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

      In the event of an emergency or disaster, an employee may be required to respond promptly to duties and responsibilities as assigned by the employee’s department, the County’s Office of Emergency Management, or County Administration. Such assignments may be for before, during or after the emergency/disaster.