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BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV – SES – 42005400 with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry in Gainesville, FL

Type of position Biological control program supervisor
Employer Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry
Location Gainesville, FL
Salary $43,507.36 – $50,033.46
Closing date of competition 06/26/2019
Date position available 6/13/2019
Description of duties


GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a highly professional position responsible for the investigation, development and implementation of biological control programs statewide.

Designs and supervises investigations into the population, migration, life history, natural enemies, host relations and other environmental factors regarding plant pests established in Florida. These investigations are carried out in the lab and in the field.

Arranges for introduction and maintains colonies of biological control agents during initial investigations and during colony increases.  Plans and implements releases of these biological control agents and monitors the results.

Maintains technical records and data for all observations and experimentation.  Prepares technical papers and reports regarding results of investigations.

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

Maintains liaison with scientists in Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other agencies and institutions through direct contact, correspondence and conference and meeting attendance and reviews pertinent literature for all areas of responsibility.

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

Performs other related work as directed by supervisor.

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 biological control organisms and natural enemies, including life history, taxonomy and biology.
  • Knowledge of rearing methods for pest and beneficial insects and plants.
  • Skill in quality control techniques for mass rearing insects.
  • Ability to manage resources including funding, personnel, equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to work for prolonged periods in hot humid environments.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 35 lbs.


Qualifications sought



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

Certain positions within this class require individuals to meet specific federal or state regulations as identified by the employing agency.

Possession 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.


Contact for additional information Dr. Eric Rohrig, (352) 395-4744
Application procedure  
Submit what State of Florida application: https://jobs.myflorida.com/
Submit to All applications must be submitted through the State of Florida People First website: https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/GAINESVILLE-BIOLOGICAL-SCIENTIST-IV-SES-42005400-FL-32608/566132800/

Frequent travel is required.


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: Gainesville

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