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OPS AG & CONSUMER PROTECTION INSPECTOR - 42915017

Date:  Jun 29, 2022
Location: 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, US, 32210


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Requisition No: 453940 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: OPS AG & CONSUMER PROTECTION INSPECTOR - 42915017

Position Number: 42915017 

Salary:  $16.00 Hourly 

Posting Closing Date: 07/12/2022 

OPS AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION INSPECTOR

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY

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

CONTACT:
Dyrana Russell, (352) 258-8473

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:

Occasional travel is required.

NOTES:

Benefits include optional insurance coverage and a LinkedIn Learning training account.

JOB DUTIES:

GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a professional position responsible for the survey, detection and interception of exotic and newly established plant pests for the purpose of minimizing or eliminating environmental and agricultural harm.

Inspects plant material (cut flowers, nursery stock and organic produce) and other high-risk commodities from other states and foreign countries at interstate interdiction stations for the purpose of excluding plant pests.   

Conducts field surveys for exotic and newly established plant pest detection surveys in natural, agricultural and residential environments.  Uses approved sampling methods and equipment to collect laboratory samples. Detects, examines, collects, prepares and submits insects and other arthropods, disease, plant and soil samples indexed to the appropriate technical section for diagnosis and/or confirmation. 

Assists in implementing appropriate regulatory action upon field diagnosis.  Initiates stop-sale order as appropriate to the field diagnoses.  

Works on special programs such as plant pest eradication projects, exotic pest surveys and protocols within the state, surveys and regulatory enforcement actions.  These activities may necessitate absences from assigned headquarters and unusual working hours and may require serving on a voluntary basis as a trainer and/or supervisor for OPS employees hired for these special programs.

Attends meetings and workshops and gives presentations to keep the public informed concerning the department’s pest survey activities. 

Maintains proper records of all functions and submits timely and accurate reports of all work performed.

Performs other duties as assigned, including special reports, special assignments and travel, committee appointments, task force appointments, etc.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of techniques used in inspecting plants or other agricultural products.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory treatment of plants.
  • Ability to detect plant pests.
  • Ability to compile, organize and analyze data and make recommendations.
  • Ability to interpret rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to access computer and retrieve electronic information.
  • Ability to handle and transport 25 lb. objects.
  • Ability to work in extreme hot, cold and humid temperatures.
  • Ability to conduct inspections in natural and cultivated areas with uneven ground.

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: Jacksonville