Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

  • Child Protective Investigator Trainee

    Job Location US-FL-Tampa
    Job ID
  • Salary Minimum

    USD $40,414.40/Yr.

    Salary Maximum

    USD $71,968.00/Yr.


    Perform trainee duties investigating alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. Trainees must obtain their Child Welfare Protective Investigator Certification from the Florida Certification Board within one year of hire.


    Non-standard hours including holidays and weekends.


    Twelve-month initial probationary period

    Location (Subject to Change)

    Main office in Falkenburg Road area; however, assignments may span throughout Hillsborough County.

    Major Duties (Not Limited to the Following)

    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 some or all of the activities described below.


    Note: Incumbents function in a trainee status under the supervision of a Child Protection Investigator to attain proficiency in the below listed duties and become eligible for promotion to a Child Protection Investigator in the Sheriff’s Office.

    • Investigate alleged abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment of children to determine if abusive or unsafe conditions exist and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of children in accordance with state mandated timeframes.
    • Interview children and adults concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to ascertain the validity of allegations, document living conditions, and determine the need to remove children from an unsafe environment.
    • Inform clients of and implement available social service programs to assist them with their needs.
    • Conduct follow up visits to ensure the safety of children is being maintained and support programs are in place.
    • Testify in court to accurately relate the circumstances of cases investigated.
    • Establish and manage case files to include accurate and timely documentation of investigative activities in the statewide child welfare information system.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Considerable knowledge of the theories and practices used in child protection and family support.
    • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing child protection.
    • Working knowledge of professional ethics related to child protection investigations.
    • Working knowledge of federal, state, and county community social service programs available for child protection and family support.
    • Working knowledge of investigative techniques.
    • Working knowledge of court procedures related to child protection proceedings.
    • Working knowledge of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office standard operating procedures (SOPs).
    • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate information and develop logical conclusions.
    • Ability to interview children and adults to determine the validity of allegations.
    • Ability to apply crisis intervention techniques.
    • Ability to maintain professional demeanor during court testimony and cross examination.
    • Ability to work effectively with others.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to manage time effectively.
    • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
    • Ability to handle confidential information.
    • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
    • Ability to use a computer and related software.
    • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.


    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited* four-year degree granting college or university with preferred majors in Behavioral Sciences, Community Development, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Education, Health Science, Human Development, Human Sciences, Human Services, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Work; and

    Must live within Hillsborough County OR live within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment; and

    A passing score on pre-employment testing; and

    30 net words per minute on a typing test; or 100 gross keystrokes per minute with 90% accuracy on a data entry test.


    *Accreditation must be from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) accredited and/or the US Department of Education (USDE)

    Additional Requirements

    • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
    • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
    • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
    • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
    • No felony convictions within lifetime.
    • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
    • Prior military personnel must not have a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
    • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph, reference/employment/neighborhood checks, medical evaluation, and drug screening.

    Benefit Information

    Benefits include but are not limited to:
    - Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
    - Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
    - Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
    - Employee Assistance Program
    - Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
    - Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
    - Tuition reimbursement
    - Paid training


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