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BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - SES - 42001243

Date: Nov 28, 2017

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32608

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Requisition No: 25082 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - SES - 42001243

Position Number: 42001243 

Salary:  $43,507.36 - $47,858.20 

Posting Closing Date: 12/12/2017 

BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - SES

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

CONTACT:
Dr. Xiaoan Sun
Biological Administrator III-SES
(352) 395-4771

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in agriculture, or a natural or biological science and one (1) year of professional work experience in biological science or administration.

A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university as described above may substitute for the required experience.   

Requires possession of valid Driver License.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work history, hours
worked and formal education are required to qualify 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 responsible for expert plant disease diagnosis, with particular emphasis on fungal plant pathogens and abiotic agents.

Diagnoses plant problems and provides disease management information, with a specific responsibility for fungal diseases and abiotic disorders of crops and ornamental plants.

Investigates new and/or exotic plant fungal diseases and develops procedures to diagnose them accurately and efficiently in cooperation with division, university, federal and industry personnel.

Administrative duties: Handles specific requests of the section administrator and division administration. Prepares reports as requested.  

Publications:  Writes, edits, and reviews professional manuscripts and routine reports.  Keeps abreast of scientific literature.  Prepares publications as required to provide the public with specific information on plant pathological problems.  

Trains and teaches division, university, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and industry personnel as well as the general public in plant pathology.  

Performs other duties as instructed by the section administrator, bureau chiefs and division directors.

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, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • General knowledge of common fungal plant diseases, fungal taxonomy and their management. 
  • Familiar with laboratory techniques regarding fungal isolation, identification, purification and storage.
  • Skill in DNA extraction and testing procedures.
  • Familiar with personal computer and word processing. 
  • Knowledge of maintaining greenhouse and plants used for testing.

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