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BIOLOGICAL ADMINISTRATOR III - SES - 42001240

Date: Mar 11, 2019

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32608

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Requisition No: 56768 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL ADMINISTRATOR III - SES - 42001240

Position Number: 42001240 

Salary:  $49,426.78 - $54,369.38 

Posting Closing Date: 03/25/2019 

BIOLOGICAL ADMINISTRATOR III - SES

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

CONTACT:

Dr. Leroy Whilby, (352) 395-4661

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A master’s degree from an accredited college of university with a major course of study in one of the biological sciences and four (4) years of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and two (2) years of professional experience as described above. 

Possession of a valid Driver License.

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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Occasional travel is required.

JOB DUTIES:

GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a professional position that serves as the Section Head responsible for the Pathology Section in the Bureau of Entomology, Nematology, and Plant Pathology, and for directing the service and research activities of the Pathology Section in support of the plant and plant pest regulatory responsibilities of the Division of Plant Industry.

Provides direct supervision to both professional and technical staff.  Provides indirect supervision to positions supervised by professional staff.  Approves leave and expense item purchases, screens travel requests and provides progress reports, composes and edits technical papers for publication. Makes recommendations for appointments and dismissals, conducts evaluations and supervises training of new employees.  Provides overall direction and oversight to the assigned scientific section.

Oversees and conducts regulatory diagnosis of plant diseases on samples from outside Florida or the United States (US), and other investigations conducted using exotic pathogens or pathogens of limited/unknown distribution in Florida. Conducts biosystematic research, writing necessary regulatory reports for these taxa to support activities of the Division of Plant Industry.

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. Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner.

Assists in obtaining and assigning personnel to emergency programs. Assists with interviews of employee applicants.  Assists in the coordination of bureau activities with industry, consumer and regulatory officials of other states and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Supervises the activities associated with all permits held within the Plant Disease Quarantine Facility.

Maintains currency, expertise and professional standing in biosystematics through communication and correspondence with other recognized expert systematicists. Prepares and writes peer-reviewed, scientific taxonomic publications.

Assists with section, bureau or division responsibilities related, but not limited, to pest surveys, inspections, public outreach, training events, and emergency programs.

Performs other related duties as directed by the Bureau Chief, Assistant Director and Director may require, including special reports, special assignments and travel, committee appointments, task force appointments, etc.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of basic concepts related to procedures, equipment and materials used in a pathology laboratory.
  • Knowledge of general pathological diagnostic and genome sequencing procedures.
  • Knowledge of common pathology data processing and bioinformatics tools.
  • Skilled in operation of machines and equipment, including: compound and dissecting microscopes, photomicroscope, spectrophotometer, lyophilizer, centrifuge, conductivity meter, pH meter, microvoid, laminar flow hood, incubator, single and two-stage vacuum pump, computer terminal (to access plant disease records), autoclave, thermocycler for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Real Time PCR.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to accomplish and maintain effective working relations with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.

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.


Nearest Major Market: Gainesville