What You Can Expect from the Clerk
The Clerk is firmly committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities and, pursuant to state and federal law, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability/handicap, pregnancy, marital status, citizenship, or genetic information (“Protected Classes”). The Clerk believes that each employee should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination. Any form of harassment based on Protected Classes is strictly prohibited.
The Clerk and his management team will:
(1) Recruit, hire, train, and promote for all job classifications without regard to Protected Classes.
(2) Make employment and promotion decisions based solely on an individual's qualifications for the position available.
Ensure that all other personnel actions and programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, promotions, demotions, transfers, layoffs, terminations, training, education, and social and recreational programs will be administered without regard to Protected Classes.
To apply for a position with the Clerk's Office, please download a copy of the EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION (“Application”). If you choose to complete the Application on your computer, please save the file to your computer. Once saved, open the saved file and complete the Application (remembering to re-save your completed Application).
**Please note that you must be authorized to work in the United States and must have obtained a high school diploma and/or GED prior to submitting your Application.**
After completing the Application, please email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION.”
After emailing your completed Application, you will need to complete a Computer Skills Assessment test at the Clerk’s Office during which you will be required to exhibit a minimum typing speed of 35 words per minute.
Computer Skills Assessment tests are given in Administration (Room 201), Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment, please call (352) 671-5607.
Only after the Clerk’s Office has received your completed Application and Computer Skills Assessment test results (your “Application Package”) will you be considered for employment with the Clerk’s Office.
Consideration of Your Application Package
Applications will be pre-screened by the Clerk's administrative staff and division supervisors (“Employment Team”) to ensure that your Application Package meets the minimum requirements outlined above. If you are selected for an interview, you will be interviewed by a team selected by the Clerk. If you are not selected for an interview, your Application Package will be kept on file in the Clerk’s Office for sixty (60) days, after which you will need to reapply for any then-open positions.
When considering your Application Package, the Employment Team will review your references and previous employers and use the information that you provided to obtain your criminal and civil history files through the Florida Comprehensive Case Information System. All information will be solicited in accordance with federal guidelines and laws (EEOC, ADA, etc.).
The Clerk reserves the right to consider a variety of factors when determining whether to hire an Applicant, including but not limited to:
- The Applicant’s qualifications,
- The requirements of the position in question, and
- The needs of the Clerk’s Office.
The Clerk also reserves the right to reject an Application Package for the following reasons:
(1) The Applicant has been convicted of a felony or of a first-degree misdemeanor directly relating to the position sought.
(2) The Applicant has made false statements in the Application Package.
NOTE: Rejection of an Applicant for reasons (1) or (2) above will depend on the specific facts of the infraction, the nature of the infraction, its relevance to employment, the passage of time since the infraction occurred, as well as any evidence of rehabilitation (or other mitigating factors).
Opportunities for Redress
Any Applicant who feels that he or she has been discriminated against, in any manner, during the employment application process has the right to file a complaint (“Complaint”) with the Clerk’s Office.
All such Complaints will be promptly investigated and, if deemed valid, corrective action will be taken.
The Clerk will ensure that no adverse action will be taken against a prospective employee because he or she filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing associated with a Complaint.