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AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST - 42000958 (FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Date: May 19, 2017

Location: N/A, FL, US, N/A

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Requisition No: 11474 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST - 42000958 (FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Position Number: 42000958 

Salary:  $28,654.08 - $34,000.20 

Posting Closing Date: 05/26/2017 

AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY

***INTERNAL AGENCY OPPORTUNITY--
ONLY CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES WILL BE CONSIDERED
.***

CONTACT:

Amy Cepero at (786) 229-4639

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A high school diploma or its equivalent and three (3) years of experience in the care and husbandry of domestic animals or regulatory inspections related to the care and husbandry of domestic animals.

Education from an accredited college or university which includes two (2) courses in animal science can substitute at the rate of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours for each year of required experience.

Requires possession of a valid Driver License.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Willingness to respond to emergency duty, whether called day or night. This emergency duty may include natural disasters or animal disease outbreaks.  Willingness to be deployed from your assigned headquarters for extended periods of time (up to 30 days).

Incumbent must pass a pulmonary function test with medical evaluation, must undergo and pass regular respirator fit-testing, and must wear a respirator when required.  Will be subject to the requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator.

Frequent travel.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work history, hours worked and education are required to qualify for this position. Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile. Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information. ***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values and supports employment of individuals with disabilities.  Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

NOTES:

The headquarters for this position is negotiable within Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach County.

Some alternate work hours required to accomplish duties and responsibilities.

This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Section 60L-36.003, Florida Administrative Code, and Chapter 112.313, Florida Statutes.

JOB DUTIES:

The primary duties and responsibilities of an Agriculture and Consumer Protection (ACP) Specialist are to enforce the provisions of state and federal law regarding animal disease control for the protection of Florida’s agricultural industry and public safety.  Additional duties include emergency preparedness [Emergency Support Function (ESF)-17] and assuring the quality of agricultural products prior to their entrance into the marketing channels.

In accomplishing these duties, the employee must cooperate fully with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) personnel and others engaged in related activities.  The incumbent is expected to demonstrate, model and reinforce the department’s fundamental values of fairness, cooperation, respect, commitment, excellence, honesty and teamwork in all interactions with coworkers and the public.  The duties of the ACP Specialist include the same duties as that of the ACP Inspector with additional responsibilities as a district information technician.  The incumbent will also assist the ACP Supervisor with administrative duties.  The following duties and responsibilities are assigned to this position:

Conducts program activities related to testing, animal identification, quality and marketability of livestock and other animals, collection and packaging of samples, formulation of test charts, and sample submission to an approved laboratory.  Conducts inspections; issues permits; conducts trace backs; issues quarantines; and assists Veterinary Medical Officers (VMOs).  Collects information on all animal premises and records information in a central database. Implements herd health plans; investigates complaints.  Performs follow-up visits for quarantines, releases quarantines, and documents findings and actions taken.  Performs all duties associated with inspection of livestock for sale at livestock markets including inspection of permits, Official Certificates of Veterinary Inspection and other movement documents; verifies animal identification devices; verifies quarantines; submits tick samples; conducts follow-up health inspections.  Conducts sick bird investigations and responds to various complaints concerning animal premises, then documents findings and issues quarantines as needed.  Participates in workshops and training to learn poultry and livestock disease eradication or control programs.  Enforces department’s rules and regulations regarding animal disease and animal movement.  Completes documentation of investigation findings.  Inspects individual animals, flocks, or herds and/or monitors animal populations for evidence of disease or vectors of disease.  Ensures compliance with department’s rules and regulations regarding garbage feeding to swine including permitting, inspections and quarantines.  Distributes educational materials.

Serves as district Animal Disease Specialist and, as such, conducts activities related to tracking and documentation of ongoing district quarantines and disease investigations.  Ensures district quarantines are monitored appropriately based on risk (need) and in a timely fashion and all quarantines are closed out properly with documents scanned and e-mailed to Bureau Chief, district VMO, district Supervisor, appropriate Program Manager and assigned Records Unit personnel to enter in the division quarantine spreadsheet.  Follows up and reviews the division quarantine spreadsheet to ensure all district quarantine records are accurate and updated regularly as quarantine actions occur.  Develops and maintains proficiency for electronic recordkeeping of animal disease databases used for a variety of purposes, including reportable diseases, program diseases, and/or animal disease outbreak mitigation, response, and/or follow-up activities.  Completes Incident Command System (ICS) training to prescribed levels (at a minimum ICS100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800).  Organizes and promotes ICS training for district personnel, ensuring new employees receive training as soon as possible.  Attends and participates in division emergency exercises or training events.  Assists in promoting and ensuring basic bio-security training to include proper personal protective equipment (PPE) use, appropriate PPE donning and doffing, packaging and shipping biologic specimens, and proper disposal techniques including for biologic or biomedical waste.  Assists promoting and ensuring compliance with division Respiratory Protection Program, division and bureau inventory tracking procedures, and other prescribed trainings specific for district field operations.  Ensures the district has the proper number (stock) of quarantine signs, quarantine forms, quarantine release forms, door hangers and other supplies and materials needed for routine district operations.  Obtains a brief summary of program disease activities from program managers, and then provides a summary and updates of the disease, testing, movement requirements, and other related information at monthly district meetings to inform ACP Inspectors and others in the district of disease program activities.

Prepares and submits required forms in written and electronic format for daily activity, monthly budget and specific “case” verifications, and other logistical documentations.  Maintains inventory of forms, supplies and equipment; submits procurement requests.  Maintains proper care of department’s vehicle and assigned equipment.

Coordinates work assignments of self and other staff.  Establishes work schedules and coordinates team projects; collects and manages paperwork for ACP Inspectors for review and audit; maintains district files.  Provides on-the-job training for new personnel.  Serves as back-up for the district’s ESF-17 Specialist, when needed.

Assists the ACP Supervisor with administrative duties.  

Performs other duties as required by supervisor.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Computer Skills
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

    THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS ARE INCLUDED:

  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • 104 Hours of Paid Annual Leave annually
  • 104 Hours of Paid Sick Leave annually
  • Health Insurance - State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for individual and family coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction

    SPECIAL NOTES:

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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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