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OPS Steward - DBPR/Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering - *OPEN COMPETITIVE*

Date: Jan 5, 2021

Location: POMPANO BEACH, FL, US, 33069

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Requisition No: 285421 

Agency: Business and Professional Regulations

Working Title: OPS Steward - DBPR/Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering - *OPEN COMPETITIVE*

Position Number: 79900223 

Salary:  $32.50-$34.00 

Posting Closing Date: 01/20/2021 



Position Number:  79900223

Hiring Salary: $32.50 – $34.00 Hourly




Minimum Requirements:


  • Must have a valid Florida Driver's License.
  • Must have two (2) years of experience as an accredited thoroughbred/standardbred Steward in any recognized racing jurisdiction;  and
  • Must be currently accredited as a Racing Official/Steward and meet and maintain the minimum experience and continuing education requirements for an Accredited Racing Official/Steward and
  • Must have documentation of completion of specialized courses in racing management, racing law, administrative law, administrative agency practices or other courses related to pari-mutuel racing; or
  • Other courses related to pari-mutuel racing and an Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school; or
  • Provide appropriate documentation of an equivalent combination of industry specific education, experience and technical and functional expertise.

*** Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work history with month

and year, hours worked and formal education are required to qualify 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.***




  • This advertisement may be used to fill current and future vacancies for up to six months from date of closing.
  • This is an Other Personal Services (OPS) position.  This position does not accrue leave or paid holidays.  However, OPS employees are eligible for retirement and health insurance options. To learn more about these options, see

  • The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering is charged with the regulation of Florida’s pari-mutuel, cardroom, and slot gaming industries, as authorized by Chapter 550, 551, and 849, Florida Statutes. 
  • The selected applicant for this position is an unconditional advocate for the health, safety and welfare of horses at sites under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. 
  • This position ensures that the quality and integrity of racing in Florida is safeguarded to protect the integrity of horse racing, guard the health of horses and the interest of the public and racing participants consistent with provisions of Chapter 550, Florida Statutes and applicable Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). 
  • This non-exempt position is currently assigned to seasonal duty stations comprising the South Florida Thoroughbred/Standardbred/Quarter Horse Circuit, i.e., Calder, Tropical, Gulfstream, Hialeah, and Pompano.
  • The selected applicant must be available to work irregular shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings; work flexible schedules as needed; work occasional evenings and/or nights; and work occasional overtime, on short notice, as needed.


Duties & Responsibilities:


Under administrative direction of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, and the State Steward Manager, the selected applicant must have:


  • Knowledge of the Department's systems including but not limited to our licensing and document imaging systems. 
  • Knowledge of Florida Statutes, department and division rules governing licensure, regulation, animal welfare, and consumer protection.
  • Knowledge of the techniques for handling complaints and dealing with the general public.
  • Knowledge of and ability to enforce and abide by the rules of racing and all departmental rules, policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain work relationships with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to close pari-mutuel wagering in each race.
  • Ability to observe races;  determine and confirm the order of finish of races and to disqualify a horse, jockey, or driver as appropriate for violation of applicable Florida Statutes and Administrative Code.
  • Ability to require applicable forfeiture or redistribution of a purse or award.
  • Ability to call for special urine/blood samples to be collected and analyzed based upon the observed performance of race horses.
  • Ability to make logical objective and accurate decisions based on interpretations of state statutes, administrative code and rules.
  • Ability to identify irregularities in wagering and to synthesize complex or diverse information and establish facts and draw objective valid conclusions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the racing industry and the general public.
  • Ability to originate daily operational reports, gather, collate and classify information and maintain associated records.
  • Ability to Issue hearing notices, administer oaths, examine witnesses, and receive documentary evidence.
  • Ability to objectively analyze facts presented during administrative hearings in accord with the applicable statutes, regulations, policies, precedent ,mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
  • Ability to serve as an objective member of the Board of Stewards to review alleged misconduct of licensees and impose administrative discipline pursuant to applicable state statutes and administrative code.
  • Ability to rule on objections, motions and the admissibility of evidence; hear arguments and permit the filing of appeals where appropriate.
  • Ability to draft written rulings of final findings of fact and conclusions of applicable administrative law.
  • Ability to provide liaison between the Stewards and Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering investigative staff.
  • Ability to serve as an expert professional observer, advisor, consultant and/or witness for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite,Word and Excel.


Applicant Note: If you are the selected candidate for this position and hold a current license through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, you may be required to place your license in an inactive status.


NOTE: This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth in order to conduct this background check.


Applicants are required to apply through the People First system by the closing date, by applying online.  All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the advertisement.  If you have any questions regarding your application, you may call 1-877-562-7287. 


The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is committed

to increasing recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities

and improving employment outcomes. 


Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DBPR Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 487-2074. DBPR requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.



Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


We hire only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Our agency participates in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database available for employers to use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. 


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: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami