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Gainesville, Florida, US
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Conservation science
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Requisition No: 484046
Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services
Position Number: 42001288
Salary: $52,752.18 - $58,027.32
Posting Closing Date: 10/19/2021
Tyson Emery, (352) 395-4709
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences and five (5) years of professional experience in environmental protection, regulation or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; or
A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences and four (4) years of professional experience as described above; or
A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the physical or natural sciences and two (2) years of professional experience as described above; or
Four (4) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist I or higher with the State of Florida.
Possession of a valid Driver License.
To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
* All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
* Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
* Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Frequent travel, including overnight and sometimes up to two weeks on an emergency program, required.
This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of s.112.313, Florida Statutes and Section 60L-36.003, Florida Career Service Rules and Regulations.
Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.
GENERAL STATEMENT: This professional position serves as the primary assistant chief of the Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, and is responsible for assisting with the management of all activities associated with programs and personnel assigned to the bureau's Plant Inspection section.
Oversees and is responsible for Plant Inspection Regions I, II, and III. Provides direction, guidance, training, and coaching to the regional supervisors. Reports to Bureau Chief of Plant and Apiary Inspection on regional activities, as directed. Assists in the coordination of bureau activities with industry, consumer, and regulatory officials of other states and the United States Department of Agriculture. Performs Assistant Bureau Chief responsibilities. Strategizes with and advises Bureau Chief of Plant and Apiary Inspection on bureau mission and goals. Makes recommendations on process or procedural improvements. Resolves escalated questions or concerns from employees, the public, or other stakeholders. Keeps abreast of potential threats to Florida's plant industry. Acts as Bureau Chief in the absence of the Chief.
Monitors work performance of subordinates, including periodic written evaluations and discussions; counseling to develop skills and correct deficiencies; recognizing employee accomplishments; and recommending timely disciplinary actions as needed. Reviews timesheets and responds to leave requests. Documents recommendations for special pay increases, reclassifications, and disciplinary actions, when appropriate. Efficiently carries out employee selection actions when vacancies are to be filled, including the interviewing of applicants. Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner. Responsible for ensuring that assigned program areas have operational procedures and processes which result in accountability and compliance with division and department policies and procedures.
Administers the nematode certification program for protecting commercial citrus production areas from nematodes of citrus, and for meeting the requirements of other states and countries that have regulations against nematodes which occur in Florida.
Administers the Imported Fire Ant Regulatory program within the state to ensure compliance with federal regulations for protecting noninfested areas and the environment from insecticides used in this program.
Coordinates activities associated with the Preservation of Native Flora of Florida and serves as Secretary on the Endangered Plant Advisory Council.
Serves on the division's rule and legislative committee to upgrade rules and existing legislation and prepares new and emergency rules and proposed legislation, when needed.
Maintains and keeps current inspection procedure and fruit fly detection manual. Creates, maintains, and keeps current standard operating procedures for the Plant Inspection section. Maintains currency with all rules and regulations the division administers under the authority of Chapter 581, Florida Statutes, and with current division programs, including: Fruit Fly Detection, Citrus Health Response, Regulation of Noxious Weeds and Plant Pests, Environmental Impact Assessments, Protection of Native Flora, Nematode Certification, Brown Garden Snail Certification, Imported Fire Ant Certification, Nursery and Stock dealer Inspection and Certification, Post Entry Quarantine Procedures, Detector Dog Program, and USDA plant import and export regulations including identification and certification of plants listed by the Congress of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Directs emergency programs including, but not limited to, obtaining and assigning personnel.
Performs related work as directed by the Chief of Plant and Apiary Inspection.
* Knowledge of the department's rules and regulations related to Plant Inspection activities.
* Knowledge of the department's fiscal procedures.
* Knowledge of Plant Inspection procedures and techniques used in certifying plants and plant products presented for export.
* Knowledge of the Plant Inspection Nursery Data Base.
* Skill with computers and the Microsoft Office Suite.
* Skill in public speaking and presenting.
* Skill in attention to detail.
* Ability to accurately interpret federal, state, departmental, and divisional rules and regulations.
* Ability to motivate, train, and supervise employees.
* Ability to communicate effectively with employees and the public, both verbally and in writing.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
* Ability to determine work priorities, assign work, and follow up on completion of work.
* Ability to work independently and on a team.
* Ability to be proactive and take initiative.
* Ability to solve problems and make decisions.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Nearest Major Market: Gainesville
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