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Date: Sep 12, 2019

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Requisition No: 76201 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - 42001226

Position Number: 42001226 

Salary:  $27,926.08 - $30,718.69 

Posting Closing Date: 09/26/2019 






Dr. Susan Halbert, (352) 395-4670


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in an agricultural, biological or natural science.

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.


Occasional travel is required.


This is a professional position responsible for the identification and curation of arthropods under the direction of a Biological Scientist IV in support of the plant and plant pest regulatory activities of the Division of Plant Industry.

Curates reference collections.  Identifies Arthropod specimens to lowest possible taxonomic unit and curates by phylogenetic position into the Florida State Collection of Arthropods.  Keeps appropriate files and records for data retrieval. Prepares specimens for loans to arthropod systematists; maintains invoice files and corresponds with these scientists. 

Prepares arthropod specimens for identification, research purposes and curation. Uses rearing techniques, and conducts morphological studies and literature searches.

Section duties: Will be assigned duties related to management functions of the section.  These can include tasks such as collection’s maintenance, inventories, management of labs, management of sectional database, supply organization, etc.  Each individual in section will have unique tasks assigned.

Researches entomological and other libraries and scientific reprint collections to maintain and update all taxonomic files, records and literature.

Receives, sorts, records and distributes specimens submitted by Plant Protection Specialists and others for identification.

With appropriate training and approval by supervisor, performs identifications and classifications of assigned taxa to genus and species, or to the lowest taxonomic unit possible, using morphometric analysis and other scientific methods of identification, assisting with identification of specimens submitted by Plant Protection Specialists and others.

Periodic travel may be required to help facilitate activities associated with current section, bureau or division duties. This may include travel associated with grant projects, farm bills and/or assisting with pest surveys, inspections, public outreach, and emergency programs. If travel not possible, will fulfill duties of others while they are traveling.

Performs other related work as required by supervisor.


  • Expert knowledge of current systematic practice and theory, specimen curation and preparation procedures.
  • Ability to use compound and dissecting microscopes, and critical point drying apparatus.
  • Ability to use computer hardware and software.


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: Gainesville