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Date: Mar 11, 2019

Location: LA CROSSE, FL, US, 32658

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Requisition No: 56769 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number: 42001371 

Salary:  $30,988.62 - $34,087.56 

Posting Closing Date: 03/25/2019 






Kristen Helseth, (352) 395-4992


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university which includes three (3) courses in an agricultural, physical, biological or natural science.  (Note:  Please provide an official or unofficial copy of transcript to qualify based on education.) 

Professional experience in agriculture, regulatory inspections or in a quality control program can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.   

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.

Must obtain restricted-use pesticide license within six (6) months of initial employment, and must maintain licensure thereafter. 

Will be subject to the requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator and/or self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and must pass post-employment physical examinations to determine medical fitness for respirator and/or SCBA use. 

This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of s. 112.313, Florida Statutes, and Section 60L-36.003, Florida Administrative Code.


GENERAL STATEMENT:  This is a professional position assigned to perform and supervise all greenhouse operations and staff, and inspection and cultural work at the La Crosse citrus germplasm introduction and/or citrus repository greenhouse facilities. 

NEW PARENT TREE CANDIDATES: Participates in and supervises the implementation of the daily work schedule, maintaining specialized trees for biological indexing and shoot-tip grafting in the budwood testing greenhouses for new parent tree candidates including:

  • Propagating and planting citrus trees.
  • Applying sprays and fertilizers for insect and disease control and plant nutrition.
  • Planning and maintaining the seed planting schedules for six varieties of rootstocks so that adequate supplies are available when needed.
  • Potting, pruning, sprouting, weeding and watering greenhouse plants.
  • Regularly inspecting, recognizing harmful insects, diseases, nutritional disorders or unusual growth characteristics, reporting conditions and consulting with supervisors to take corrective action in a timely manner.
  • Keeping accurate records of all propagation, planting and chemical application.
  • Budding citrus by chip bud, inverted T and side grafts, and instructing others in budding, wrapping and knife preparation.

Inspects new parent tree candidates for the presence or absence of diseases of regulatory or cultural significance.  Collects plant or leaf specimens for testing, and/or submits specimens to diagnostic experts to determine or confirm the absence of disease of citrus.  Collects soil or arthropod specimens for identification of soil borne pathogens or pests, and/or submits specimens to experts for identification.  Inspects trees to detect deficiencies related to cultural practices, nutrition, water, or temperature.

EMPLOYEE SUPERVISION: Identifies and provides training, supervision and discipline for each assigned position.  Reviews work standards, timesheets and performance of subordinates.  Assigns work to greenhouse staff on a daily basis.  Oversees the requisition and purchasing of necessary supplies to keep the greenhouses operational. 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.

ASSET MANAGEMENT: Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner. Operates and performs routine maintenance and repairs to greenhouse and related motorized equipment including cooling systems, irrigation systems, fans, heaters, vents, pumps, sprayers, mowers, etc.  Keeps all such equipment clean, repaired, regularly maintained, and kept in operating condition.

DATA MANAGEMENT: Maintains electronic database records for trees in the greenhouses.  Inputs, verifies and reconciles electronic data with visual inspection of each source tree.  Ensures data is up-to-date, and reflects true-to-type, harvesting records, location, and all relevant inspection data for each source tree.

OTHER: Participates in weekend and holiday watering of greenhouse plants and seasonal cold protection measures after regular working hours.

Performs other related duties as required by supervisor.


  • Knowledge of the procedures, policies and equipment used in the budwood indexing greenhouses.
  • Knowledge of citrus pests and diseases of regulatory and cultural significance.
  • Knowledge of general greenhouse and nursery procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of plant health with emphasis on citrus.
  • Knowledge of personal computer operations.
  • Knowledge of labeling laws and best management practices in the use of pesticides, fertilizer and nutritional supplements.
  • Skill in the use of greenhouse/farm equipment.
  • Ability to pay attention to details and note discrepancies.
  • Ability to follow verbal instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks that are part of the continuous process of indexing.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and bend repetitiously.


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