Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

  • Part-Time Child Protective Investigator

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

    USD $32,979.96/Yr.

    Salary Maximum

    USD $58,887.40/Yr.


    Perform duties investigating alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. Must possess a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification at the time of hire.


    Monday - Friday and Occasional Saturdays


    Twelve-month initial probationary period

    Location (Subject to Change)

    Various locations 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.


    • 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.


    Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification; 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.


    Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigator Trainee program.

    Additional Requirements

    • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess various licenses or certifications at time of hire or within the probationary period, or obtain them within a specified period of time after hire or appointment to the classification.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Benefit Information

    Benefits include but are not limited to:
    - Florida Retirement System


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