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AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST - 42001346

Date: Feb 8, 2018

Location: LA CROSSE, FL, US, 32658

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Requisition No: 29586 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST - 42001346

Position Number: 42001346 

Salary:  $27,926.08 - $30,718.74 

Posting Closing Date: 02/21/2018 

AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

CONTACT:

F. Benjamin Rosson, Jr.
Chief, Citrus Budwood Registration-DACS
(352) 493-6801

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A high school diploma or its equivalent.

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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Occasional travel is required.

NOTES:

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.

JOB DUTIES:

GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a professional position responsible for working with program participants and nursery owners for the production of registered citrus nursery trees.

SCION GROVES: Witnesses scion tree movement of registered nursery trees to scion grove plantings, properly identifying the trees from nursery records and making permanent records of the movement.  Inspects trees for virus symptoms during specific time periods and makes special inspections when required to investigate problems with records, tree health and grove maintenance practices, and updates any changes in the records.

Witnesses the cutting of budwood from registered citrus trees including the following duties:

  1. Inspects the trees for abnormal growth, true-to-type fruit, general tree condition, and makes sure the trees selected are properly virus-tested as indicated on records.
  2. Records the number of budeyes cut and identifies the specific tree from which they were cut, keeping accurate records.
  3. Tags individual bundles of budwood recording exact tree, clones and virus status.
  4. Collects budwood and leaf tissue from scion trees for virus and viroid testing.


REGISTERED NURSERIES: Reviews records of registered nursery propagations submitted to the bureau by nursery owners, to verify identity and correctness in the nursery in order to protect the integrity of the program.  Witnesses and records the cutting of budwood from validated nursery stock designated for scion grove planting.  Performs various inspections for virus disease symptoms at designated times and on special occasions.  Advises nursery owners and growers of rules and policy affecting their participation in the Citrus Budwood Registration Program.

FOUNDATION GROVES, GREENHOUSES AND NURSERY: Organizes and provides leadership to other members of the bureau staff in cutting budwood from the division’s budwood foundation grove for distribution to growers, visually inspecting trees for health and vigor, and making records to preserve identity of the material to be distributed.  Leads others in the collection and recording of data from foundation grove trees including measurement of yields, maturity tests, tree canopy and horticultural observations.  Performs various field diagnostic tests for virus detection, and participates and leads others in routine grove and nursery maintenance practices, such as fertilizing, spraying, pruning, cold protection, soil fumigation, planting and other care as required.

OTHER ASSIGNED WORK AS REQUIRED: Participates in maintenance of equipment and buildings, attends training seminars and meetings relating to scientific and educational research and development in the area of citrus, and provides assistance to other bureaus on emergency programs of the division.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the procedures, policies and equipment used in the budwood foundation grove work. 
  • Ability to pay attention to details and note discrepancies.


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.

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