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AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER PROTECT INSPECTOR - 42000972

Date: May 3, 2021

Location: N/A, FL, US, NEGOTIABLE

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Requisition No: 366641 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER PROTECT INSPECTOR - 42000972

Position Number: 42000972 

Salary:  $26,540.54 - $28,917.98 

Posting Closing Date: 05/18/2021 

AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION INSPECTOR

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

The headquarters for this position is negotiable within Hardee and Manatee County.

CONTACT:

Abby Smith, (863) 993-5458

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A high school diploma or its equivalent.

Requires possession of a valid Driver License.

Preference will be given to those with experience in the care, management and husbandry of livestock including equine or poultry.

***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:

Willingness to respond to emergency duty, whether called day or night. This emergency duty may include natural disasters or animal disease outbreaks. Willingness to be deployed from your assigned headquarters for extended periods of time (up to 30 days).

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 requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator.

Incumbent must wear appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) when required. 

Incumbent must be willing to work during the weekend and holidays as required.

Occasional travel required. 

Must reside in required county(ies) throughout employment in this position.

Some alternate work hours required to accomplish duties and responsibilities.

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

NOTES:

The headquarters for this position is negotiable within Hardee and Manatee County.

JOB DUTIES:

INTRODUCTION:  The primary duties and responsibilities of an Agriculture and Consumer Protection Inspector (ACPI) are to enforce the provisions of state and federal law regarding animal disease control for the protection of Florida’s agricultural industry and public safety.  Additional duties include emergency preparedness, Emergency Support Function (ESF17) and assuring the quality of agricultural products prior to their entrance into the marketing channels.

In accomplishing these duties, the employee must cooperate fully with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) personnel and others engaged in related activities.  The incumbent is expected to demonstrate, model and reinforce the department’s fundamental values of professionalism, commitment, integrity, innovation and excellence in all interactions with coworkers and the public.  The ACPI is responsible for technical and specialized work that involves a variety of animal health programs within an assigned geographical area.  The following duties and responsibilities are assigned to this position:

Conducts animal disease program activities relating to the inspection, control and testing of livestock and poultry to detect animal diseases and ectoparasites that can pose a threat to the state agriculture economy and impact public health, including: general animal health inspections, collection of samples, premises inspections, promote animal official identification, issue and release of quarantines, educate animal owners about biosecurity, and assists veterinary medical officers (VMO) with inspections and testing. The ACPI ensures quality and marketability of Florida’s livestock by developing herd health plans and investigating animal disease complaints.  The incumbent works independently and proceeds on own initiative and judgement within guidelines established by the supervisor and division policy and procedure.  Properly uses livestock equipment and performs routine maintenance.

Performs all duties associated with livestock inspections at livestock markets, shows and exhibitions.  Enforces department’s rules and regulations regarding animal disease control and eradication of reportable and foreign animal diseases.  Verifies permits, official certificate of veterinary inspections and movement documents.  Verifies livestock official identification devices, conducts animal disease investigations, performs all National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) testing requirements and completes documentation.  Visits isolated herds and quarantined animals and conducts follow-up inspections.  Conducts inspections of equine premises, Cervidae premises, and feral swine holding premises; issues movement permits and distributes educational materials.  Cleans and disinfects vehicles, equipment and premises that are contaminated by disease organism or as a precautionary measure.

Prepares and distributes reports in electronic format on daily activity.  Maintains appropriate inventory of supplies and equipment and processes necessary duty reports.  Operates and maintains department’s vehicle.

Conducts activities relating to the emergency preparedness of livestock and other animals including collection of information for all animal premises and recording this information on emergency management database.  Coordinates and maintains contact list for Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and ESF17 within assigned county.

Ensures compliance with state statutes and department regulations regarding garbage feeding to swine.  Conducts inspections of garbage feeders; issues, enforces and releases quarantines; issues permits.

Participates in workshops and training to continue education of livestock disease eradication programs.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Computer skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to deal with the public in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to frequently bend, kneel, climb, stand and walk several hours each day
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain
  • Ability to conduct inspections in natural and cultivated areas with uneven ground
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS ARE INCLUDED:

  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for individual and family coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts are available
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction

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.