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Date: Mar 28, 2018

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32608

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Requisition No: 32464 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number: 42003779 

Salary:  $49,426.78 - $54,366.78 

Posting Closing Date: 04/25/2018 





Dr. Leroy Whilby
Chief, Entomology, Nematology and Plant Pathology
(352) 395-4661



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. 

Requires 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.



Frequent travel is required.

This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Section 60L-36.003, Florida Career Service Rules and Regulations and Section 112.313, F.S.  



GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a professional position with a high level of independence that serves as the director of the Statewide Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program in support of the plant and plant pest regulatory responsibilities of the Division of Plant Industry.

Formulates or assists in the formulation of objectives, goals and work plans for the CAPS program in collaboration with other scientists and stakeholders within the state of Florida, other states, and the United States Department of Agriculture.  Provides leadership and management to professional level biological scientists and support staff necessary to the accomplishment of program objectives.  Prepares or assists in the preparation of the CAPS budget.  Identifies and requests resources needed to meet objectives.  Provides progress reports regarding program objectives.  Develops and creates an annual work/financial plan for the Florida CAPS program as well as work/financial plans for additional national surveys as needed. 

Directly supervises regional scientists and support staff.  Provides day-to-day management for state CAPS employees and federal Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) pest survey specialists.  Related duties include: adjusting workload for efficiency and effectiveness among the regions and at headquarters; approving leave, time and attendance documents, and in-state travel requests; conducting performance evaluations; making recommendations for appointments and corrective actions, as necessary; and providing or supervising the training of new personnel.

Organizes survey and detection projects to determine the presence and location of domestic and exotic plant pests.  Responsible for organizing and directing CAPS meetings.  Attends state, national and international meetings as directed to maintain currency in pests of agricultural economic significance and/or to make presentations of benefit to cooperating or collaborative organizations and scientists.  Represents the state of Florida at national and regional meetings and conferences.  Represents the state of Florida at the national CAPS meeting as well as CAPS sessions at the Southern Plant Board meetings.  Represents the state of Florida in conference calls (national and regional State Survey Coordinator, National CAPS committee, and others). Maintains currency, expertise and professional standing in survey and detection through communication and correspondence with other recognized expert CAPS state survey coordinators.  Responsible for directing monthly conference calls, as well as directing an annual Florida CAPS meeting and several other program topic meetings throughout the year.

Prepares and writes popular and scientific publications based on data compiled from survey and detection studies.  These publications are written using standard scientific nomenclature and format and cite references as required.

Maintains threat awareness of plant pests and pathogens in the United States and throughout the world that may pose a threat to Florida agriculture.  Communicates with scientists, regulators, administrators from other agencies and grower/commodity groups, both within and outside of Florida, concerning plant diseases that threaten Florida agriculture. 

Responsible for overall security and safe operation of the CAPS offices. 

Coordinates plant pest acquisitions (books, journals, computer bibliographies) with the library.

Sets program priorities during emergency programs in conjunction with Assistant Director and Director.

Other related duties as the Assistant Director or Director may require including, but not limited to, special reports, special assignments and travel, committee appointments and task force appointments.

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

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.



  • Knowledge of techniques used in inspecting plants or other agricultural products.
  • Ability to compile, organize and analyze data and make recommendations.
  • Ability to interpret rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to assess budgetary needs.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Skilled in the preparation of scientific reports and articles.



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