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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 42001786 (FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Date: Dec 7, 2017

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 25813 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 42001786 (FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Position Number: 42001786 

Salary:  $40,948.18 - $48,000.16 

Posting Closing Date: 12/14/2017 

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY
BUREAU OF CHEMICAL RESIDUE LABORATORY

***INTERNAL AGENCY OPPORTUNITY--
ONLY CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF

AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES WILL BE CONSIDERED. ***

CONTACT:

Matthew Standland, (850) 617-7500

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, forensic or related field and three (3) years of professional experience in gas and/or liquid chromatography pesticide residue analysis required; or

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, forensic or related field and two (2) years of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, forensic or related field is required.

Professional experience in liquid chromatography mass spectrometry in trace level analysis can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work history, hours worked and formal education are required to be considered in qualifying 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.

JOB DUTIES:

Position coordinates highly complex technical operations of either the Gas Chromatography or the Liquid Chromatography Sections of the Chemical Residue Laboratory. Assists management in planning and organizing the workload for statewide and federal grant programs.  Evaluates and schedules operations of advanced analytical instrumentation for the most efficient operation of the analysis of pesticide residues on samples submitted to this Section.  Performs detailed chemical instrumental analysis and special analytical procedures on food samples.  Evaluates and reviews complex analytical data. The data generated is to be used for pesticide residue regulatory enforcement as well as risk assessment studies and must therefore comply with appropriate ISO 17025 and federal Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations and strict USDA/PDP Quality Assurance (QA) guidelines.

Coordinates the daily operations of sample analysis of this Section. Verifies and interprets the analytical results generated and determines the regulatory significance. Monitors the Section performance on QA samples, both internal and external. Analyzes control charts and takes corrective action when needed. Implements all QA procedures and maintains all necessary documentation. Checks calculations on sample reports. Verifies standard checking procedures and assures that all standards are up-to-date.

Performs highly complex analyses of pesticide residues utilizing various combinations of Gas chromatograph (GC), High Performance Liquid chromatograph (LC) and mass spectrometer (MS) and other complex analytical instruments and data systems.

Assists management in developing policies and procedures and implementing required ISO 17025 and federal GLP standards and USDA/PDP QA guidelines for all work conducted by the Section.

Coordinates the appropriate repair and maintenance of analytical instruments in area of responsibility. Records maintenance and service calls in instrument maintenance log.

Submits requests for requisitions to purchasing agent for all supplies and chemicals required to perform Section analysis. Maintains an inventory of supplies and chemicals used in the Section. Oversees the receipt of Section goods.

Prepares daily and periodic reports on analytical results generated, notes any significant problems and evaluates existing QA procedures pertaining to the laboratory operations of the Section for review by managers. Performs other related work assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and terminology of chemistry obtained from formal academic training in chemistry and related sciences and through on-the-job experience.
  • Knowledge of chemical residue analysis.
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection and the principles and practices of laboratory operations and management.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance concepts and techniques.
  • Skills in the use of various scientific instrumentations, discernment of factors influencing analytical variations, application of techniques of analytical chemistry, and appropriate interpretation and communication of chemical concepts and generated data.
  • Skill in the perceptive use of various gas and liquid chromatographic and other analytical instruments including analytical data systems, etc. application of techniques of residue analysis and quality assurance procedures.
  • Ability to understand and apply acquired knowledge of the principles of chemistry, perform chemical analyses using appropriate scientific methodology, exercise independent judgment and perform chemical residue analyses.
  • Ability to plan and organize sample flow effectively by efficient coordination of available personnel and utilization of instrumentation.
  • Ability to train other scientists.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

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. 


Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee