Manatee County Government

Geography and Demographics

Located midway along the west coast of Florida, the county’s boundaries encompass 740 square miles.  The county is bordered on the north by Hillsborough County, on the south by Sarasota County, on the east by Hardee and DeSoto Counties, and on the west by the Gulf of Mexico. There are six incorporated municipalities within Manatee County; Palmetto, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria, and Longboat Key. Bradenton is the largest city in Manatee County with a population of 54,437 and serves as the county seat.

The county’s population has grown 28.1 percent from 278,001 in 2002 to 356,133 in 2016, based on estimates from the University of Florida, Bureau of Economics and Business Research (BEBR). While the county is known to be one of the best retirement areas in the nation, the median age has dropped from 49 in 1970 to 46 in 2010. Median household income is now at $44,800 based on information from the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation and US Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

County Economy

Manatee County has a diversified economic base with the three largest industry sectors being services, retail and manufacturing. The county also has a strong tourism and agricultural base. These bases, with the exception of agriculture, have recently been tested, as the county continues to experience the impact of the global economic downturn. Some of the larger industrial firms include an international family entertainment production facility, a citrus juice producer, aerospace electronics, telephone instruments, packaging machinery, boat manufacturers, aluminum and plastic production facilities, and a contact lens manufacturer. According to the latest information, the four largest employers in the public sector are Manatee County School Board, Manatee County Government, Manatee County Sheriff’s Department and City of Bradenton. Major private sector employers include Tropicana Products, Inc., Beall’s, Inc., Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Blake Medical Center. The area is served by an international airport (SRQ) in nearby Sarasota, florida and is connected to St. Petersburg, Florida by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a 5.5 mile cross bay bridge that rises 250 feet at its highest point.

Port Manatee is located in the northwestern corner of Manatee County. It fronts Tampa Bay and borders the Manatee-Hillsborough county line. An access channel from the Port connects with the federal channel in Tampa Bay only ten miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Port Manatee is the fourth largest of Florida’s 14 deep water seaports. As the major shipping gateway to our community, the Port Authority manages the importing and exporting of many agriculture and industrial products. The Port is a leading venue for shipments of citrus juices and beverages and operates in foreign trade zone #169.


Residents can have outdoor fun all year with an average temperature of 82 degrees. There are many boat ramps, fishing (fresh water and salt water), beautiful parks and nature preserves, athletic leagues, a professional golf, football, baseball, and soccer training facility, the Spring Training home of MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates and Class A Bradenton Marauders, collegiate and world class regional Rowing facilities, variety of festivals, events, museums, an arts village, local theaters, craft beer breweries, live music venues, unique restaurants, a world class shopping mall and local boutiques.


With some of the best schools in the area, Manatee County has a large network of Academic Excellence with 50 public schools, 11 Charter Schools, a Technical College, private schools, nearby colleges, State College of Florida, New College, USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus, plus private colleges, such as Kaiser, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is now located in the Lakewood Ranch area of Manatee County.   


Imagine a world where no one’s worried about their cell phones.  Instead, they are eating a grouper sandwich at a funky little beach bar, kayaking or paddle boarding with dolphins on Palma Sola Bay, Fishing from an old wooden pier, or watching the sky turn 10 shades of beautiful as the sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico.  Life is good here.  Parents Magazine recently named Coquina Beach #7 of the most Family Friendly beaches.

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Employee Benefits

Manatee County offers a generous suite of benefits, including a defined benefit retirement plan, liberal time off benefits, award winning health and wellness programs.  See for yourself!

8 job(s) at Manatee County Government

Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Sep 14, 2017
General Information LOCATION: Manatee County Detention Facility HOURS: Monday - Friday / 3:00pm to 11:30pm First 2 months will consist of training and hours will be 7:00am to 3:30pm An additional 35 cents differential will be paid for hours from 6:00pm to 11:30pm This classification performs manual and skilled work involving two or more trades in demolition, salvage, renovation, alteration, construction, installation, maintenance, and repair projects for County buildings, equipment, facilities, systems, and grounds. Work involves application of various trades skills and those journeyman skills learned on the job. Employees in this class are expected to perform duties and tasks adhering to standard trades practices and procedures, and ensure that work is performed in a safe manner, monitoring the use of materials and equipment. NOTE: DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATIONS (DOQ) POSITION LEVEL AND SALARY WILL BE BASED ON EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND CERTIFICATIONS . Note : In addition to the qualifications set forth in this job description, employees holding this position must have a background allowing them to have regular access to secured areas of certain governmental facilities. Such employees may, due to policies of the Sheriff or Chief Circuit Judge, be subject to independent background investigations which exceed those conducted by Manatee County. Employees holding this position are hereby given notice that these independent officials, or their duly-authorized representatives may, based on the results of their investigation, decline to permit the employee access to secured areas of facilities under their operational control. In the event the County is unable to fully utilize such employees in other County operations not requiring secured area access, such employees are subject to non-disciplinary separation from County employment. Job Description Click Here for complete job description. Minimum Qualifications BTW: High school graduate/equivalent. Vocational training certification in one or more skilled trades related to area of assignment desired. Minimum of two (2) years skilled trades work experience (related to area of assignment) in commercial building construction, maintenance, and repair. Valid driver's license with valid Florida driver's license within 30 days of hire date. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. SR. BTW: High school graduate/equivalent. Vocational training certification in skilled trade(s) related to area of assignment (i.e., plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry, painting, etc.). Minimum of three (3) years skilled trades work experience (related to area of assignment) in commercial building construction, maintenance, and repair. (May consider four (4) years experience in commercial building construction, maintenance, and repair in lieu of vocational training certification.) In accordance with area of assignment, certification(s)/license(s) for HVAC/refrigeration may be required. Prior lead or supervisory experience desired. Valid driver's license with valid Florida driver's license within 30 days of hire. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Jul 12, 2017
General Information ** STARTING SALARY $22.65 PER HOUR** (Depending on Qualifications/Licenses) HOURS: Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm Highly skilled technical work in securing and maintaining compliance with all applicable building codes and regulations governing building construction, alterations and repairs. Work involves the examination of plans, blueprints, diagrams, surveys, and similar documentation. Work involves inspections at commercial, industrial and other job sites. Work requires considerable independent judgment in the interpretation and application of pertinent codes and regulations. We also require a high level of customer service skills in dealing with the public. 1. Manatee County offers an excellent health care plan with little or no co pays on prescriptions. 2. 11 paid holidays, accrued sick time, vacation time and 3 personal holidays per year. 3. Manatee County Building and Development Services also supports the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) Cross Training program which is paid for by Building and Development Services in which additional licenses can be obtained and a .50 cent pay increase for each license. 4. Available Over Time work. 5. Educational training for Obtaining CEU's paid for by Building and Development Services. 6. Take home vehicle for inspectors providing they live in the County. Job Description Click HERE for job description. Minimum Qualifications High school graduate/equivalent. Possession of two (2) Standard Licenses in one (1) discipline (Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical) issued by Florida's Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board (BCAIB) as an Inspector and Plans Examiner. In lieu of licensure have a minimum verifiable five (5) years experience gained as/or under a registered or state-certified general, building, or residential contractor. Licensure in individual contractor trades may be considered. Multiple licenses or the verifiable ability to obtain same is required (Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, and/or Electrical). Basic computer skills. Valid driver's license with valid Florida driver's license within 30 days of hire. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. Certification Time Frames for Plans Examiner- Inspection Officer I: Provisional Licensure required from BCAIB as an Inspector and Plans Examiner is required within the first 120 days of employment. Standard Licensure(s) required prior to expiration of Provisional License or within one (1) year of employment, whichever comes first. Skill Level: Skill level indicator (I through IV) for each Standard Inspector and Plans Examiner License in the disciplines of: Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical. Career Incentive Pay: Compensation of $0.50/hour for each additional license in skill level(s) after meeting minimum qualifications.
Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Jul 12, 2017
General Information LOCATION: 2411 Tallevast Road HOURS: Schedule and days vary PAY GRADE: G9 This classification performs skilled vehicle operation work in transporting citizens. Work involves responsibility for safe and efficient transportation of the general public, physically handicapped, and/or senior citizens, either on an assigned route in the County or to and from different locations in and around the Manatee County Region. Work requires dealing with passengers in a pleasant and courteous manner, providing information about the route or destination, operating a two-way radio according to FCC standards, and driving safely in a variety of weather conditions. NOTE: Pre-Employment physical required. Medical Examination Certificate for Bus Transit System Driver required. To be employed as a Transit Operator, must meet the physical qualifications to operate a bus according to the stated requirements (local and/or state and/or federal). Job Description Click HERE for complete job description. Minimum Qualifications Education : High School diploma or G.E.D. License : At minimum, you must possess one of the following: 1. Class "B" Commercial Driver's License with passenger endorsement and air brakes endorsement, or; 2. Class "B" CDL permit with passenger and air brake endorsements, by effective date of employment. Must be able to pass the CDL Test within 5 weeks - training will be provided. Special Requirements : Five (5) years driving experience or three (3) years Commercial Driving Experience. Must successfully pass all tests and written examinations given. Must successfully pass a DOT physical. Will have Division of Motor Vehicle records checked.
Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Sep 21, 2017
General Information LOCATION: Public Safety Center 2101 47th Terrace E HOURS: Vary - Monday - Friday (evenings, weekends and holidays, as needed) PAY GRADE: G17 This classification coordinates and provides training and professional development to enhance the performance of EMS staff. In cooperation with the Assistant Chief, Administration coordinates new hire orientation and training for all new employees. Work requires comprehensive knowledge of adult education/training in a variety of formats - classroom and virtual, ability to lead/instruct training/educational sessions, and the strong ability to direct and supervise the work of subordinates. *NOTE: This position has been designated by the Manatee County Commission as serving at the will and pleasure of the County Administrator. Employees so designated may be terminated at any time with or without cause. NOTE: FRS Retirement Class: Special Risk. Job Description Click HERE for complete job description. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Education, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Public Safety Administration, Business Administration, or related field required. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) or Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certification Certification as instructor in any one or more of the preceding certifications desired. Ability to obtain instructor certification in ACLS and PHTLS within two years of employment. Minimum three years as a Charge Paramedic or Emergency Room Nurse. Minimum three years of experience in developing and managing education and professional development programs and curriculum development for various educational delivery platforms including webinars/audio conferences, online learning, classroom-based education and certification programs. Experience training new hires and existing staff, developing action plans and setting goals to enhance their strengths and improve their deficiencies, strong skills in critical care cases, triage, along with excellent team building skills. Valid driver's license with valid Florida driver's license within 30 days of hire. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Sep 08, 2017
General Information LOCATION: Central Library 1301 Barcarrota Blvd HOURS: Monday - Saturday - Variable daytime and evening hours PAY GRADE: MP5 This classification performs high level administrative, managerial and professional duties in the Manatee County Public Library System, including direct organizational responsibility for several major Library functions. Job Description Click HERE for compete joe description. Minimum Qualifications Master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school. Eight years of progressively responsible library experience, with at least four years in an administrative/supervisory capacity; excellent interpersonal skills.
Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Jul 12, 2017
General Information LOCATION: 2411 Tallevast Road HOURS: Vary Pay: $11.95 hourly PAY GRADE: G7 This classification performs non-mechanical fleet maintenance tasks on vehicles used in the Transit Division. Incumbent also serves in a lead capacity, coordinating and overseeing the activities of Community Service Workers used to perform a variety of non-mechanical fleet maintenance tasks on vehicles used in the Transit Division fleet. Working Conditions Indoor/Outdoor situation; high noise environment while performing certain responsibilities. Lifting equipment up to 25 lbs. alone; up to 50 lbs. with assistance. Note: OPS stands for Other Personal Services. This is a temporary position and not eligible for health or retirement benefits, is not a regular position, and cannot work an average of more than 29 hours per week in a sporadic, on-call, as needed work schedule. Job Description Click HERE for complete job description. Minimum Qualifications Completion of 10th grade. Prior work experience cleaning/maintaining buses or transit vehicles desired. Valid Florida Class "B" Commercial Drivers License with Passenger (P) endorsement or must obtain within one hundred twenty (120) days of hire. Valid Florida CDL permit and written Air Brake test required prior to starting work. Safe driving record. Supervisory or lead experience desired. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Jul 12, 2017
General Information To Apply for: EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DISPATCHER I (see below for information on 2 agencies you can apply with.) This could be a temporary to permanent position with Manatee County Government if qualified after the probation/training period. HOURS: 12 hour rotating shifts 1.) EXPRESS Employment Professionals Job Posting: for this job click on the link below to complete an application: (scroll to 911 Dispatcher) Call 941-753-0034 after completing the on-line application to set up pre-employment testing. OR 2) Call Ad-Vance Talent Solutions @ 941-739-8883 Job Description Essential Functions These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position. Quickly learns and applies knowledge of major County Landmarks, common areas (malls, shopping centers, etc.), housing developments, mobile home parks, schools, churches, major employers, fire and EMS station locations, shelters, all major highways and arteries, street-grid number/naming conventions, and major anomalies to these; creates County maps outlining emergency service zones for Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement as training aids. Quickly learns and applies applicable rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Continually sits at a computer terminal for long periods of time and maintains concentration; operates keyboard and communications equipment in a rapid, accurate, and efficient manner. Answers emergency 911 calls using CML computer system to determine whether service request is for Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, or other; handles calls personally or routes calls to appropriate agency; calls back on abandoned and disconnected calls; uses services of carriers to complete callbacks including interrupts, intercepts, and requests for address data under "exigent circumstances." Uses a headset to accurately obtain and translate information when processing 911 calls and information received from other units/agencies via computer, telephone, or TDD within time parameters set by the division while, at the same time, listening for instruction or information outside the call being taken or dispatched, all of which may involve different tones and pitch levels. Efficiently uses "Automatic Location Identification" (ALI) information to assist in the identification and location of callers using various tools (ALI Phase I, ALI Phase 2, etc.) provided by local exchange carriers and wireless cell phone carrier; must use alternative resources when addresses do not verify in computer system. Using Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) tools, verifies address and telephone number of caller. If address does not verify in computer system, takes appropriate steps to contact carriers to verify address; must prepare and use manual paper "cards" for use when CAD is inoperable. Builds computer screens on CAD system, which are forwarded to radio dispatchers for Fire, EMS, or other agencies such as law enforcement; provides critical information in "remarks" fields of CAD screen to assist responders. Launches group pages using CAD and InfoRAD computer software upon request of other agencies, or as part of SOP, to County-wide agencies and resources; conducts weekly tests of InfoRad and CAD paging systems; reports discrepancies to Data Coordinator or other appropriate staff. Uses Emergency Medical and Fire protocol software and/or flip cards to determine level and priority of EMS or Fire Units and collect vital pre-arrival information for medic or fire crews and hospitals. Incumbent is tested monthly as a part of ongoing Quality Assurance; annually re-certified; keeps up with updates on all protocols as they are introduced by NAED. Uses County computers and equipment for computer based training programs to stay current with required dispatch training programs: National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), WMD, HAZWOPER, County EOC Incident Manager, new EMD releases, weather alerts, and emails from Supervisors and Chief on policies, news, items of interest, information dissemination, etc. Takes calls for law enforcement from wireline 911 callers outside city limits and county-wide for wireless callers by determining the identity and location of caller, caller's need, jurisdiction for law enforcement, creating a screen on CAD if required, and transferring the caller to the appropriate law enforcement agency: Manatee County Sheriff (CAD screen transfers with caller), Police Departments of City of Bradenton, Holmes Beach, Long Boat Key, and City of Palmetto, or Florida Highway Patrol. Comprehends and follows oral and written instructions; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with others; and agreeably accepts constructive directions from co-workers and supervisors when dealing in emergency and/or non-emergency situations. Thinks and acts quickly, calmly, and accurately in emergency situations; communicates clearly and effectively in a concise and non-offensive manner, orally and in writing. Takes calls after normal business hours for Public Works, Animal Services, alarm companies, and other agencies both emergency and administrative in nature. Performs other related work (including weather or other extreme emergency duties) as required. Minimum Qualifications High school graduate or equivalent. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. Technical Requirements Visual acuity and ability to identify colors and distinguish shades of color. Skill in operating CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) systems, applicable software applications (i.e., Windows NT, etc.) digital recording devices, computer generated phone systems, 800 MHZ radio systems and related equipment.
Manatee County, FL Bradenton, FL, USA
Sep 15, 2017
General Information LOCATION: 2101 47th Terr E HOURS: Monday - Friday / 7:00am to 4:00pm Pay grade: MP8 This classification performs preparation of construction plans, specifications, engineering reports, and cost estimates for projects related to area of assignment. Incumbent performs complex engineering design, review, and/or capital improvement program planning and implementation work. Prepares, signs, and seals documents for outside agencies. Position has considerable contact with County officials, contractors, engineers and other internal and external contacts, requiring excellent public relations skills. Job Description Essential Functions These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position. Coordinates the review and research for development projects for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code, and County design standards. Prepares and/or directs preparation and maintenance of necessary records, reports and correspondence; presents data in a professional manner. Provides testimony for public hearing projects and aids in preparation of staff reports. Coordinates preparation and reviews designs for projects, estimates project costs. Checks drawings and quantities; writes specifications for bids; attends pre-bid conferences, inspects construction in the field; negotiates change orders; checks and approves contractor payments. Signs and seals drawings and other pertinent documents. Effectively schedules, assigns and oversees work of technical staff, when necessary. Reads and interprets complex engineering plans and specifications and utilizes highly complex engineering techniques in the solution of problems associated with area of assignment. Communicates clearly, effectively and tactfully, orally and in writing, including preparing and presenting reports, briefings and data in a professional manner; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with others; makes effective professional public presentations. Additional Duties: Performs other related work (including weather or other extreme emergency duties) as required. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related engineering field. Minimum of five (5) years engineering experience related to Traffic Engineering. Must possess current Florida Professional Engineer (P.E..) License (may consider out-of-state P.E.. License, with ability to transfer to Florida within one (1) year of hire date). Minimum of one (1) year as Engineer of Record. Valid Florida driver's license. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. Position Specific Area of Assignment: Traffic Engineering Primarily responsible for reviewing signing and pavement markings, signalization, maintenance of traffic plans associated with construction plans from both external and internal customers. This position will also assist and be responsible for providing development plan reviews, coordination with FDOT regarding access management meetings, as well as reviewing traffic studies from operational and safety point of view. In addition, this position will design, sign and seal traffic design plans and specifications for in-house projects.