Law enforcement investigator Job at The State of Florida, Temple Terrace, FL

  • The State of Florida
  • Temple Terrace, FL

Job Description

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Requisition No: 831155

Agency: Environmental Protection


Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 37020878

Salary: $52,500

Posting Closing Date: 06/26/2024

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Law Enforcement Investigator II

State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Law Enforcement

Our Organization and Mission:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship - protecting our air, water, and land. The vision of DEP is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystem.

The Work You Will Do:

This Law Enforcement Investigator II is located at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southwest District Office in Temple Terrace, Florida within the Division of Law Enforcement’s Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU). The incumbent will be responsible for the independent completion of a range of assignments under limited supervision. The work requires applying criminal justice and law enforcement understanding to analyze problems of a specialized nature in a wide range of applications. The incumbent conducts criminal, intelligence, and other types of investigations that threaten the environment or the public health and safety, in support of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s mission. This position has been identified as emergency Mission Essential Personnel and may be required, on short notice, to perform duties and travel in support of emergency efforts.

The Difference You Will Make:

This position assists other agencies, upon request, in response to natural or man-made disasters, civil disturbances, and other public safety matters. Assists local and state law enforcement agencies with routine backup, manhunts, active shooter events, and search and rescue operations. This position requires independent judgment and the ability to apply technical law enforcement knowledge with limited supervision. The incumbent is subject to call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

How You Will Grow:

DEP encourages its leaders to constantly innovate and seek efficiency. We believe in supporting and encouraging you as you take on important and often complex projects while offering you the opportunity to gain valuable experience quickly.

Where You Will Work:

The work location is Temple Terrace (Hillsborough County), FL. Temple Terrace, a small city just outside of Tampa, which is close to the Gulf Coast with beautiful white sand beaches. Places such as the Busch Gardens Theme Park, historic Ybor City with its many restaurants and nightlife, the world’s longest continuous sidewalk along Bayshore Blvd., and a sports enthusiast haven are just some of the many activities people can enjoy in the area.

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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Your Specific Responsibilities:

The duties of this position require a constituted state law enforcement officer (pursuant to 379.3313, F.S.) certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, empowered to enforce all laws of the State with full powers of arrest. Responsibilities are to protect life, limb, and property on the waters of the State. Enforce state laws and regulations, federal rules and regulations, and environmental crimes. This position investigates alleged violations of resource laws, seizes evidence, makes arrests, and testifies in court. Provides general police protection for citizens and visitors who use the lands, state parks and waters of the State of Florida. This position assists other agencies, upon request, in controlling and securing areas during disasters, hurricanes, fires, etc. and is subject to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This position requires independent judgment and the ability to apply technical law enforcement knowledge with limited supervision.

Conducts investigations of crimes, crimes scenes, and emergency responses for the purpose of gathering witness testimony and physical evidence to be used in prosecuting suspects and otherwise determining criminal causes that may be indicated. Investigations may include offenses such as criminal conspiracies, environmental crimes, homicides, marine theft, title fraud, natural resource violations and cultural artifact investigations, etc. as assigned. Assignments will include follow-up work on cases initiated by other Division officers and assigned by the Regional Office. Enforces federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations with an emphasis on environmental, resource protection and environmental crimes investigations. This will be accomplished by garnering intelligence, analyzing collected data, management of informants, and operating as a non-uniformed investigator, as necessary, patrolling state land, air, and waters to detect violations. This patrol may be done via highway and all-terrain vehicles, aircraft, watercraft and/or foot patrol. Enforcement actions will include the physical identification and apprehension of suspected violators and measures employed to gain voluntary compliance through public contact and education. Conducts thorough, concise investigations and prepares investigative reports regarding reported and viewed violations. Performs On-Call duties as assigned on a 24-hour basis.

The incumbent shall properly prepare and complete all forms and documents related to enforcement activities such as offense reports, supplemental reports detailing investigative events and processes, affidavits, charging documents, search warrants (and returns), intercept warrants, property receipts and releases and other paperwork that may be required by the Department, Division, State Attorney's Office, US Attorney's Office or any other entity having oversight of criminal or civil prosecution and present related court testimony. The incumbent will also prepare exhibits and reports for use in formal adjudication of cases in a court of competent jurisdiction, assist in the formulation and evaluation of investigative methods and procedures.

This position requires completion of an approved 64-hour General Instructor Techniques Course with current instructor certification and an approved 80-hour First Line Supervision Course to participate in the Field Training Agent (FTA) Program. The incumbent will follow the policy and procedures outlined in the FTA manual.

These duties require the incumbent to be subject to emergency calls on a 24-hour per day/seven days a week basis for the protection of life or property.

Perform other duties as assigned and respect the chain of command.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to deal with individuals and critical situations in an effective manner.
  • Ability to take direction and work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to perform physical labor and withstand physical exertion.
  • Ability to operate motorized equipment.
  • Ability to read, understand and implement complicated rules, regulations, and directives.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts.
  • Ability to work in different areas of the state on special details for extended periods of time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current Law Enforcement Officer Certification for the State of Florida, the federal government, or another state in the U.S.
  • 1 year of law enforcement experience

Preferred Qualifications: Three years of law enforcement experience; an associate degree or higher in criminal justice from an accredited university or college.

Other Job Related Requirements for this position:

  • The duties of this position require a constituted state law enforcement officer (pursuant to s. 20.255 (10), F.S.) certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, with full power to investigate and arrest for any violation of the laws of this state.
  • This position also requires a Physical Assessment Test, Oral Board interview, a doctor's physical, and law enforcement background investigation.
  • The incumbent of this position, in accordance with sections 110.1127 and 435.04, Florida Statutes, and DEP Directive 422, Background Investigations, is required to successfully complete a background and fingerprint check.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Travel

POSITION OF SPECIAL TRUST REQUIREMENT: This position is designated as a Position of Special Trust in accordance with DEP-422 (Positions of Special Trust or Responsibility). Any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a Level 2 State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.

DEP is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce. We recognize the extensive training, experience, and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following email addresses:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Job Tags

Holiday work, Local area, Flexible hours, Shift work, Rotating shift,

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