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The City of Lake Helen, known as “The Gem of Florida,” is located in west Volusia County immediately off of Interstate 4 (in between Orlando and Daytona Beach). The city is under 5 square miles and population under 3,000.

City of Lake Helen namesake lake - Lake HelenFounded by Henry DeLand and named after his daughter, the City was intended as one of the prettiest and most pleasant towns in Florida.  Lake Helen preserves a small-town character, with historic architectures, tree lined roads and lush vegetation.

Lake Helen’s old Florida rural town feel along with its proximity to Interstate 4 makes it the perfect location – within minutes you can have access to head into Orlando or East to the beaches.

Come now, don’t let these be words on a web page – Visit us and experience “The Gem of Florida” for yourself.                           

What’s Happening Lake Helen:

Announcement from City Hall:

“FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) will be treating Lake Helen Lake to eradicate the Hydrilla infestation this month. They plan to treat on or around March 18th. 

If you or someone you know utilizes irrigation from Lake Helen Lake, please stop immediately! This is very important.” Questions and concerns contact City Administrator Becky Witte 386-228-2358 bwitte@lakehelen.com


Job Opportunity Bookkeeper

General Description:

Under the administrative direction of the City Administrator, the Bookkeeper is responsible for the administration and operation of the Financial Services department. Responsible for budgeting, accounting and financial reporting; investment of surplus funds, capital funds, and debt service funds; accounts payable; payroll administration; capital financing; utility billing and collection, procurement, and risk management. Requires knowledge of  government accounting and finance concepts.  Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment involving complex issues.


Salary Range: Part-time 16 to 28 hours per week $15.00 to $18.50 per hour (DOQ)


Posted Date: February 15, 2019

Closing Date: Open until filled


Minimum Qualifications

  • Two (2) years experience in government accounting and finance. A comparable amount of training, education, or experience may be substituted for these qualifications.
  • Extensive, hands-on experience in governmental accounting and bookkeeping
  • Thorough understanding of financial software and MS Office software including Excel, Quickbooks, and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERPSs) such as Tyler Munis/InCode–Tyler preferred
  • Understand fundamental office management practices
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and ability to work with the public
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other department heads, public officials, and financial institutions
  • Possess a valid Florida Driver’s License

Application Process:

Applications may be obtained below or from City Hall. Please send completed City application and resume to:

City of Lake Helen

Attn: Lauren Cowles, Deputy City Clerk, P.O. Box 39, Lake Helen, FL  32744


Phone: 386-228-2121 / Email: lcowles@lakehelen.com


The City of Lake Helen offers an excellent benefits package, including Florida State Retirement, health and life insurance, paid vacation and personal leave, and holidays.

City Information:

Known as the “Gem of Florida”, Lake Helen was founded by Henry DeLand and named after his daughter. Intended as one of the prettiest and most pleasant towns in Florida, the residents are proud of the well preserved Victorian architecture and small-town atmosphere. Incorporated as the Town of Lake Helen on October 24, 1888.

With a population of 2700, Lake Helen’s land area is approximately 4 square miles.  There are 20 miles of paved roads and 4 miles of unpaved roads.  The City’s recreational facilities include Blake Park, Royal Park, Lake Macy Park, Melissa Park, Mitchell Sports Complex. Equestrian Center/Trailhead, as well as Asa Gray Park.

Under Florida law, all resumes become public records when received.

The City of Lake Helen is an Equal Opportunity Employer, a drug-free workplace, and Veteran’s preference will be granted, if applicable under Florida law.

City of Lake Helen, Volusia County, Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, City of Lake Helen will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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