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OPS AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN III - 42913050

Date: Apr 6, 2021

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32608

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Requisition No: 344721 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: OPS AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN III - 42913050

Position Number: 42913050 

Salary:  $12.00 Hourly 

Posting Closing Date: 05/04/2021 

OPS AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN III

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY --
THIS IS A FULL-TIME TEMPORARY POSITION***

CONTACT:

Sedonia Steininger, (352) 395-4737

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 

A high school diploma or its equivalent.

Possession of a valid Driver License.

***ATTENTION CANDIDATES***

To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

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:  

  • This position includes occasional work on weekends.
  • Benefits include optional insurance coverage and a LinkedIn Learning training account.

JOB DUTIES:

GENERAL STATEMENT: This position will have primary responsibilities assisting in field and laboratory projects in the Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control as well as supporting other bureaus in the Division of Plant Industry.

Assists with duties as assigned in biological control: especially the Biological Control Rearing Facility and Biocontrol Phase I and II.  This includes maintaining environmental and sanitary conditions, preparing diet, collecting and manipulating various insect life stages and collecting data. Participation in field experiment and production of host material used for rearing of biological control agents.  This includes assisting with pest scouting, harvesting and sanitation of host material before incorporation into the colony.  Assists with the construction of new rearing cages for biological control agents and repairs or modifies existing ones.

Assists in conducting research projects including collection, preparation, and sorting of samples, collection and compilation of field data, identification of plant pests, operation of laboratory equipment, and entry of bibliography, data, and other information into the computer.

Prepares and maintains accurate written records of activities.  These reports shall include detailed daily reports, timesheets, and other reports as required.           

Assists in the routine maintenance of greenhouses including pest control, watering, monitoring of temperatures and equipment and other assigned duties.   Promptly reports to the Maintenance Department any equipment malfunction or breakdown. 

Performs support work for other areas of the Doyle Conner complex, and other related work as requested by the supervisor. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of safety procedures required in handling chemicals.
  • Skill in operation of laboratory equipment, such as stereo-microscope and dissecting scope.
  • Ability to assist in laboratory assignments, to compile records and prepare detailed reports.
  • Ability to make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Ability to work alone in a productive manner with a minimum of supervision and to adapt to changing work assignments.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. and bend repetitiously.

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