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Date: Aug 7, 2019

Location: WINTER HAVEN, FL, US, 33881

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Requisition No: 70845 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: INFORMATION SPECIALIST III - 42001222

Position Number: 42001222 

Salary:  $27,926.08 - $30,718.74 

Posting Closing Date: 08/21/2019 






Christina Lawson, (352) 395-4779


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of professional experience in news reporting, editing, public relations, public information, advertising, marketing, mass communications or journalism. 

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in communications or English can substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. 

Professional or nonprofessional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.  

Possession of 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.


General Statement: This position serves as a public information specialist posted in the field.

Publication Development:

Research, conceptualize, write, and edit information and materials (technical, scientific and creative documents, fact sheets, press releases, presentations, brochures, displays/exhibits, etc.) about division programs and initiatives for distribution to stakeholders including the general public, elected officials, community organizations, the media, and the agriculture industry.

Public Outreach:

Lead public information and community outreach projects, attending special community events (science fairs, tradeshows, school activities, etc.) and providing information to the public on division programs.

Maintain an event calendar, tabling and/or presenting at events

Schedule the division’s participation in community outreach events.

Stakeholder Communications:

Support division by serving as a conduit with the public to help resolve disputes which may hinder program success.

Serve as Public Information Officer on emergency programs.

Pursue and maintain relationships with other agricultural related entities (University of Florida/Insitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, United States Department of Agriculture, conservation groups, etc.) to leverage outreach opportunities and share resources.

Multimedia Support:

Support the division’s outreach and social media campaigns by developing written content, recording audio and video content, contributing to the blog and taking photos.

Serve as backup for the Social Media manager with blogs, podcast and other informational outreach online.

Assist the helpline with the resolution of inquiries including researching issues and writing correspondence.

Assist the Public Information Director with special projects, community forums, media inquiries and other various speaking events .


  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of public information and mass communication. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others within the division and department as well as outside, especially the media and industry representatives.


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. 

Nearest Major Market: Lakeland