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AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECT SPEC - 42001191

Date: Jul 20, 2021

Location: N/A, FL, US, NEGOTIABLE

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Requisition No: 343064 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECT SPEC - 42001191

Position Number: 42001191 

Salary:  $27,926.08 - $33,902.70 

Posting Closing Date: 08/02/2021 

AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

The headquarters for this position is negotiable within Palm Beach County.

CONTACT:

Dr. Joe Fisch, (850) 410-0901

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 the requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator.

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 Palm Beach County.

JOB DUTIES:

INTRODUCTION:  The primary duties and responsibilities of an Agriculture and Consumer Protection (ACP) Specialist 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 (ESF)-17] 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 fairness, cooperation, respect, commitment, excellence, honesty and teamwork in all interactions with coworkers and the public.  The duties of the ACP Specialist include the same duties as that of the ACP Inspector with additional responsibilities as a district information technician.  The incumbent will also assist the Equine Programs Supervisor with Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) quarantine duties, the Animal Records Movement Section (ARMS) manager with Animal Permitted Premise database management and the ACP Supervisor with administrative duties.  The following duties and responsibilities are assigned to this position:

Inspect equine facilities to operate as a CEM approved Quarantine Facility; receive horses into approved facilities for testing; ensure full compliance with testing protocol and complete all necessary documentation; release horses from facility when procedures are complete. Maintain a thorough working knowledge of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and division rules and policies and procedures pertaining to CEM. Coordinate the schedule for division oversight of the CEM quarantines.

Assist the ARMS manager by ensuring quarantines and permitted premises are monitored appropriately based on risk (need), in a timely fashion and all quarantines are closed out properly with documents scanned and e-mailed to Bureau Chief, district Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO), district Supervisor, appropriate Program Manager and assigned ARMS personnel. Follow up and review the division permitted premises to ensure all district premises records are accurate and updated regularly as premises inspections occur. Develop and maintain proficiency for electronic recordkeeping of animal permitted premise databases used for a variety of purposes, including reportable diseases, program diseases, and/or animal disease outbreak mitigation, permitted movement, response, and/or follow-up activities. Prepare reports as required by the division including facility inspection requests to ARMS manager.

Conduct program activities related to testing, animal identification, quality and marketability of livestock and other animals, collection and packaging of samples, formulation of test charts, and sample submission to an approved laboratory.  Conduct inspections; issue permits; conduct trace backs; issue quarantines; and assist VMOs.  Collect information on all animal premises and records information in a central database. Implement herd health plans; investigate complaints.  Perform follow-up visits for quarantines, release quarantines, and document findings and actions taken.  Perform all duties associated with inspection of livestock for sale at livestock markets including inspection of permits, Official Certificate of Veterinarian Inspections and other movement documents; verify animal identification devices; verify quarantines; submit tick samples; conduct follow-up health inspections.  Conduct sick bird investigations and respond to various complaints concerning animal premises, then documents findings and issue quarantines as needed.  Participate in workshops and training to learn poultry and livestock disease eradication or control programs.  Enforce department’s rules and regulations regarding animal disease and animal movement.  Complete documentation of investigation findings.  Inspect individual animals, flocks, or herds and/or monitors animal populations for evidence of disease or vectors of disease.  Ensure compliance with department’s rules and regulations regarding, cervidae herd health plans, feral swine holding facilities and garbage feeding to swine including permitting, inspections and quarantines. 

Serve as back-up for the district’s ESF-17 and Animal Disease Specialist, when needed. Complete Incident Command System (ICS) training to prescribed levels (at a minimum ICS100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800).  Organize and promote ICS training for district personnel, ensure new employees receive training as soon as possible.  Attend and participate in division emergency exercises or training events.  Assist in promoting and ensuring basic bio-security training to include proper personal protective equipment (PPE) use, appropriate PPE donning and doffing, packaging and shipping biologic specimens, and proper disposal techniques including for biologic or biomedical waste.  Assist in promoting and ensuring compliance with division Respiratory Protection Program, division and bureau inventory tracking procedures, and other prescribed trainings specific for district field operations.  Ensure the district has the proper number (stock) of quarantine signs, quarantine forms, quarantine release forms, door hangers and other supplies and materials needed for routine district operations.  Obtain a brief summary of program disease activities from program managers, and then provide a summary and update of the disease, testing, movement requirements, and other related information at monthly district meetings to inform ACP Inspectors and others in the district of disease program activities.

Performs other related duties as necessary.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Computer skills
  • 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.