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Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: BONIFAY, FL, US, 32425

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Requisition No: 349621 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: OPS DUTY OFFICER - 42902772

Position Number: 42902772 

Salary:  $12.78 

Posting Closing Date: 04/21/2021 







Terri Logan, (850) 691-0805


A high school diploma or its equivalent and one (1) year of experience in radio-teletype operations, sworn law enforcement, dispatching, forestry, firefighting, or other public contact work.

College education from an accredited institution can substitute at the rate of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours for the required experience.

Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required high school education.


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.


Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed. 


The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $12.78 hourly.


This work is in direct support of fire suppression and other emergency response operations. The incumbent coordinates emergency response of firefighters, supervisors, pilots and law enforcement personnel through the use of the communications center. The Duty Officer deals with critical situations requiring independent judgment. The incumbent has both operational fire control and other support duties. Work may be scheduled over a variety of shifts and the incumbent may frequently remain or be called to duty beyond the assigned work schedule.

Receives radio and telephone information from law enforcement personnel, aircraft, fire crews, supervisors and general public concerning wildfires and smoke obscuring highways. Determines action required and dispatches emergency response personnel and/or aircraft if necessary. Insures the security of Law Enforcement Investigator (LEI) conducting arson, timber theft, surveillance operations, etc., and frequently on one-man patrol in remote locations. Operates a computer for the purpose of transmitting, receiving and storing district fire reports, burning authorizations, fire readiness report and daily weather information. Keeps up-to-the-minute knowledge of location of all crews and equipment including firefighters, patrol aircraft directly engaged in fire suppression and LEI activities. Approves or denies outdoor burning authorizations by telephone using informed judgment and advises landowners of burning laws and safety precautions. Maintains burning authorization log. Responsible for collecting information on weather conditions, crew readiness and Forest Area Supervisors’ readiness levels so that supervisory personnel can make informed judgments on setting district readiness levels. Acts as a weather observer and reports any unusual weather occurrences to all employees. Provides information to radio, television and newspapers on fire conditions. Coordinates assistance with state, federal and local agencies in emergency situations. Makes landowner contacts, compiles landowner maps and researches landowner information. Researches and has a good general knowledge of the lay of the land (landmarks, highways, major roads, landowners, rivers, lakes, major power lines, etc.).

Relays administrative communications to proper personnel. Prepares reports for supervisor and other office staff. Handles routine correspondence. Uses computer for storing, transmitting and receiving district records and reports. Responsible for maintaining files. Assists in processing purchase orders, permits and other administrative items as assigned. Assists maintenance section with records and inventory control. Updates information on all fire departments in area. Receives all telephone calls, radio messages and electronic mail and routes to appropriate person or agency. Assists Foresters with forest management calls (seedling information, etc.). Keeps abreast of Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations.

Provides information to general public on Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services programs. Promotes better public understanding of Florida Forest Service policies, services available, fire control laws, fire prevention, etc.

Performs other related work as assigned.


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: Panama City