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Date:  Jan 21, 2023

LIVE OAK, FL, US, 32060 LIVE OAK, FL, US, 32064

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Requisition No: 765664 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 42005749

Position Number: 42005749 

Salary:  $38,429.56 - $40,270.10 

Posting Closing Date: 01/31/2023 






Dr. Reddy Bommineni, (321) 697-1405


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and two (2) years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences and one (1) year of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences. 

Certain positions within this class require individuals to meet specific federal or state regulations as identified by the employing agency.

Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.


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

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed (an attached resume is not a substitution for the information required on the candidate profile).
  • Work history, duties and responsibilities, hours worked, supervisor, and formal education fields, etc. 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.



Some alternate work hours required to accomplish duties and responsibilities.

Incumbent must pass a pulmonary function test with medical evaluation, must undergo and pass regular respirator fit-testing, and must wear a respirator when required.  Will be subject to the requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator.


The headquarters for this position are located at the Live Oak Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at 912 Nobles Ferry Road, Live Oak, Florida 32064.


The incumbent will serve as a Biological Scientist for the Live Oak Laboratory (LOL).

The incumbent is responsible for the isolation and identification bacterial and mycotic pathogens from diverse non-primate specimens. Routine culture, gram stain, microscopic studies, and biochemical tests. Preparing various culture media and biochemicals required for bacterial and fungal culture and identification. Prepare culture plates for shipment to the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic laboratory and reference laboratories as needed.

The incumbent is responsible for the preparation, examination, and interpretation of fecal samples including Zinc and sugar fecal flotations, direct fecal analysis, Baermann test, McMaster egg counts, fecal sedimentations.

The incumbent will participate in cross training and assist with other activities within the laboratory including Necropsy, Agar Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID), Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), and other tests that the laboratory might introduce.  Ensure timely and accurate reports of results are provided to submitters, program managers, and other applicable parties authorized to receive results.  Assists the laboratory director by keeping up-to-date documents, records, and the laboratory in compliance with Quality Assurance (QA) requirements.  Participate in proficiency testing or interlaboratory comparison programs.  Maintain and utilize reference cultures associated with testing procedures.

Serve as point of contact for laboratory clients and provide technical information and recommendation as needed. Manage laboratory supplies. Determine the supplies that are necessary for full laboratory function and places orders for laboratory supplies.  Maintains equipment, test procedures and processes to ensure laboratory expectations are current and vital to the state of Florida disease prevention mission. Incumbent is required to attend special Shipping and Packaging training provided by Department of Health (DOH) every two (2) years to enhance laboratory preparedness in the event of animal disease emergencies.

This position will serve as the backup for answering incoming calls and responding to correspondence in shared email boxes.  Will serve as the backup for assistance in the Necropsy Laboratory to Pathologist. 

Performs other related duties as assigned.

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck.  The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please visit;)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

For a complete list of benefits, visit


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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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. 

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