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DUTY OFFICER - 42003243

Date: May 16, 2018

Location: BROOKSVILLE, FL, US, 34601

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Requisition No: 36194 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: DUTY OFFICER - 42003243

Position Number: 42003243 

Salary:  $24,579.62 - $29,495.44 

Posting Closing Date: 05/23/2018 






Sheila Smith, (352) 797-4118


A high school diploma or its equivalent and one year of experience in radio 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.

***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.


Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.

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

The incumbent of this position is required to work nights, weekends, and holidays on regular rotating shifts.


Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $26,579.80 annually.


This is work 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 a communication 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.  The Duty Officer works in communication center that serves as a 24-hour center.  All other communication centers divert their calls to this Center after hours.  The Duty Officers share 24-hour rotation with statewide responsibility.  If emergencies are called in from other districts, the Duty Officer on duty calls the Officer-In-Charge or On Call Duty Officer in the affected unit and starts the emergency response action.

Receives radio and telephone information from fire towers, law enforcement personnel, aircraft, fire crews, state lands and recreation personnel, supervisors, and general public concerning wildfires and smoke obscuring highways.  Determines action required, and dispatches emergency response personnel and/or aircraft if necessary.  Ensures the security of law enforcement investigator conducting arson, timber theft, surveillance operations, etc., who is frequently on one-man patrol in remote locations.  Operates a computer for the purpose of transmitting, receiving, and storing Center 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, state lands and recreation personnel, patrol aircraft directly engaged in fire suppression or on routine patrol, and law enforcement investigator activities.  Approves or denies outdoor burning authorizations through a thorough knowledge of state laws and agency rules for open burning by telephone using informed judgment.  Advises landowners of burning laws and safety precautions.  Responsible for collecting accurate information on weather conditions, crew readiness and area supervisors’ readiness levels so that supervisory personnel can make informed judgment on setting the Center readiness levels.  Maintains updated dispatch map that displays the location of fire crews, current wildfires, and daily authorized open burning.  Acts as a weather observer and reports any unusual weather occurrences to all employees.  Provides information to radio, TV and newspapers on fire conditions as directed by supervisor, forest area supervisor, operations administrator, Center manager, public information officer or officer-in-charge.  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.  Performs routine typing by the computer.  Prepares reports for supervisor and other office staff.  Handles routine correspondence.  Uses computer for data collection, storing, transmitting and receiving Center records and reports.  Responsible for maintaining communications office files.  Assists in processing purchase orders, processes fiscal paperwork, permits and other administrative items as assigned.  Updates information on all fire departments in area.  Receives telephone calls, and radio messages, and routes to appropriate person or agency.  Assists foresters with forest management calls (seedling information, etc.).  Keeps abreast of Federal Communication Commission Rules and Regulations.

Provides information to general public on Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service programs.

Performs other related work as assigned, which may include the handling of revenue.


  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for Individuals 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
  • Uniforms provided at no cost


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: Tampa