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TJ Jett: Taking Care of the Environment | Town of Hilton Head Island, SC

Taking Care of the Environment

Harold “TJ” Jett, a Hilton Head Island native and a seasoned naturalist with extensive experience in environmental program management, has joined the Town of Hilton Head Island as its Chief Environmental Officer.

In his capacity within the Town’s Community Development Department, TJ will spearhead initiatives that preserve and protect the Island’s natural environment. His responsibilities include leading, overseeing, and managing the Town’s commitment to environmental sustainability and application of best practices for resiliency, solid waste recycling, and other environmental challenges.

“We are excited to welcome TJ to our team in a role where he can help us continue implementing initiatives to protect one of the Island’s most precious assets – our beautiful environment,” said Marc Orlando, Town Manager. “TJ’s upbringing on the Island and personal experiences across our landscape have inspired his passion for protecting our local ecology and natural resources.”

TJ brings over 20 years of experience in environmental sustainability, strategic planning, project management, policy development, and environmental education from diverse locations, including the Turks and Caicos; Jamaica, West Indies; Hilton Head Island; and South Florida. Notable achievements in his career include securing Green Globe Certification and Sustainable Tourism Certification while serving as Environmental Director for the Tryall Club in Jamaica. As a Naturalist for Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, he was part of a team that initiated a sustainability program and conducted guided excursions to educate guests about the history and ecology of the Lowcountry barrier islands. Most recently, TJ served as the Science Technician Supervisor for the South Florida Water Management District, ensuring the agency's compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.

“I am thrilled to be back in my hometown. I have had the opportunity to see how the area has changed over the years, and I have a connection to the natural spaces that make this Island so special. I look forward to helping Hilton Head Island remain sustainable and grow in a way that promotes the environmental focus that has been so pivotal in the design of the Island’s infrastructure, setting an example for communities across the country,” TJ said.

TJ, the son of well-known Island radio personality Monty Jett, earned a bachelor's degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina. He is also a certified Florida Master Naturalist. Beyond his professional work, TJ enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities and spending time with his family. At the Town of Hilton Head Island, TJ can be reached at TJJ@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or (843) 341-4772.

TJ Jett, Chief Environmental Officer
Town of Hilton Head Island, SC
1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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