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Date: Apr 3, 2018

Location: PALMETTO, FL, US, 34221

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Requisition No: 28836 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV-SES - 42004077

Position Number: 42004077 

Salary:  $43,507.36 - $47,858.20 

Posting Closing Date: 04/25/2018 






Dr. Eric Rohrig
Chief, Methods Development and Biological Control
(352) 395-4744


A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in one of the biological sciences and two (2) years of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in one of the biological sciences. 

Must possess 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.


GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a highly professional position responsible for managing the statewide fruit fly methods development and control program for the purpose of managing these serious agricultural pests.

Receives and oversees the installation of specialized equipment.  Makes recommendations for the acquisition or repair of laboratory equipment and the construction and repair of facilities necessary to conduct research.

Works on methodology improvement and technique development in all aspects of the program.

Designs and supervises investigations into the population, migration, life history, natural enemies, host relations and other environmental factors regarding endemic and exotic fruit flies in Florida.  These investigations are carried out in the laboratory and in the field.

Supervises and trains technicians, biologists and others assigned for supervision to perform the needed skills involved in developing control methods, quality control tests and maintaining necessary records.

Maintains proper records of all functions and submits timely and accurate reports of all work performed. Reports will be written in the proper scientific format and data will be analyzed using appropriate statistical methodology. Prepares and writes popular and scientific publications based on data compiled from survey and detection studies.  These publications are written using standard scientific nomenclature and format and cite references as required.

Attends meetings and workshops and gives presentations to keep the public informed concerning department and bureau program activities. 

Performs other duties as the Bureau Chief may require, including special reports, special assignments and travel, committee appointments, task force appointments, etc.

Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner. 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.


  • Knowledge of the biology and rearing methods of insects.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices, including plant maintenance and insect rearing techniques.
  • Ability to work independently, conduct insect rearing experiments and make innovations in equipment and techniques.


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: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Tampa