Law Enforcement Officer II

Columbia, SC
Charleston County

Salary: $71,303.96 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, serves as a Law Enforcement Officer with the Office of Law Enforcement for Environmental Affairs Shellfish Program in the Charleston region. This position involves law enforcement activities and requires attending the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 12 weeks to become a certified Class I Law Enforcement officer.

Essential Functions:

  • This position conducts patrols of coastal areas by vehicle and boat to ensure compliance with state and federal laws regarding harvesting, handling, and transportation of shellfish.
  • Apprehends and arrest violators. Investigates alleged or suspected violations of shellfish regulations.
  • Samples shellfish management areas for data used to determine harvesting classifications and assess impact from point and non-point sources.
  • Performs all duties associated with the region, state, and FDA shellfish inspection programs.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports of a technical nature, assemble documentation for enforcement activities and recommends action for violations.
  • Provides testimony at enforcement conferences, administrative hearings, and court hearings.
  • Assists with the water-based portion of the stream monitoring program including the collection of samples and recording of ambient data.


  • A high school diploma and experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency.
  • A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for the required law enforcement experience.
  • Certification by the Law Enforcement Training Council in accordance with Section 23-23-40 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976 as a Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid SC driver’s license with a good driving record and pass a background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Applicants must be a United States citizen.
  • Be at least 21 years of age and be able to perform all the essential job functions of the law enforcement area for which you are applying.
  • Once hired, applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a commission issued by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Preferred Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in the natural or physical sciences or related technical field; or an associate degree in the natural or physical sciences or related technical field and two (2) years of environmental health or related experience; or a high school diploma and four (4) years of environmental health or related experience.
  • Data management skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).
  • Knowledge of boating activities and shellfish regulations and standards.