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Company: State of Florida
Location: Palmetto
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Requisition No: 803068

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - 42005765

Position Number: 42005765

Salary: $32,655.81 - $35,921.34

Posting Closing Date: 06/02/2023






Tracy Howard, 941-705-7857 or


An associate's degree from an accredited college or university; or

Six (6) months of experience in environmental protection, regulation, or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; agriculture; or engineering.

Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.


To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed (an attached resume is not a substitution for the information required on the candidate profile).
  • Work history, duties and responsibilities, hours worked, supervisor, and formal education fields, etc. 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.


    Occasional travel, including overnight and sometimes up to two weeks at a time on an emergency program, is required.


    Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.


    GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a professional position which supports fruit fly detection activities by building, servicing, and placing traps for the purpose of protecting against exotic fruit fly introductions that threaten Florida's agriculture industry.

    Conducts plant pest detection surveys in agricultural and residential environs. Places and services fruit fly detection devices in accordance with the Florida Fruit Fly Detection Manual.

    Conducts field diagnostic tasks using approved sampling methods and equipment to collect laboratory samples. Detects, examines, collects, prepares, and submits insects and other arthropods, plant disease and soil samples indexed to the appropriate technical bureau for confirmation. Initiates appropriate regulatory action upon field diagnosis.

    Inspects plant material (cut flowers, nursery stock and organic produce) and other high-risk commodities from other states and foreign countries for the purpose of excluding plant pests. Inspects and monitors plants grown under federal post-entry quarantine regulations.

    Assists in the organization of special programs such as plant pest eradication projects, exotic pest surveys and protocols within the state, including implementing chemical and biological controls, surveys, and regulatory enforcement actions.

    These activities may necessitate absences from assigned headquarters and unusual working hours and may require serving on a voluntary basis as a trainer and/or supervisor for Other Personal Services (OPS) employees hired for these special programs.

    Resolves consumer complaints or, when necessary, refers them to the proper agency. Attends meetings and workshops and gives presentations to keep the public informed concerning department activities. Maintains proper records of all functions and submits timely and accurate reports of all work performed.

    Performs related work as directed by supervisor.

    • Knowledge of techniques used in inspecting plants or other agricultural products.
    • Knowledge of the regulatory treatment of plants.
    • Knowledge of pesticide labeling restrictions.
    • Ability to detect plant pests.
    • Ability to compile, organize and analyze data and make recommendations.
    • Ability to interpret rules and regulations.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
    • Ability to lift and transport 25-pound objects.
    • Ability to work in extreme hot and cold temperatures.
    • Ability to conduct inspections in natural and cultivated areas with uneven ground.
    • Ability to operate a computer to access and retrieve electronic information. The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida

      Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
      • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
      • Nine paid holidays and one Personal holiday each year;
      • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance options;
      • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please visit;)
      • Flexible Spending Accounts;
      • Tuition waivers;
      • And more!
        For a complete list of benefits, visit


        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. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. 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.

Keywords: State of Florida, Palmetto , ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I, Other , Palmetto, Florida

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