FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES
DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY ***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***
CONTACT: Dr. Emily Kraus, (352) 395-4746
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in one of the biological sciences and three (3) years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or
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 and one (1) year of professional experience as described above.
Possession of a valid Driver License.
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 required, sometimes up to two (2) weeks at a time on an emergency program.
GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a highly professional position responsible for direction of the Dundee Biological Control Laboratory.
Supervising: Monitors work performance of subordinates, including periodic written evaluations and discussions; counseling to develop skills and correct deficiencies; recognizing employee accomplishments; and recommending timely disciplinary actions as needed. Approves timesheets and leave requests. Documents recommendations for special pay increases, reclassifications, and disciplinary actions, when appropriate. Efficiently carries out employee selection actions when vacancies are to be filled. 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. Supervises and trains biologists, and others assigned for supervision to perform the needed skills involved in developing biological control methods, quality control tests and maintaining necessary records.
Research and Biocontrol: Designs and supervises investigations into the population, migration, life history, natural enemies, host relations and other environmental factors regarding plant pests established in Florida with an emphasis on citrus. Develops, increases, and maintains biological control agents, plant pest host colonies, and host plants as needed in controlling plant pests, including dissemination to the field. Works on methodology improvement and technique development in all aspects of biological control programs. These investigations are carried out in the lab and in the field and may require extended trips of several days’ duration to complete. 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. Records data from scientific observations, reviews literature, prepares detailed reports including reports and correspondence to the public, maintains technical records and data for all observations and experimentation and makes reports at scientific conferences and meetings. Prepares technical papers and reports regarding results of investigations, written in the proper scientific format. Analyzes data using appropriate statistical methodology. Monitors and publishes the results in internal FDACS and peer-reviewed journals.
Facility Management: Oversees the biological control laboratory and greenhouse facilities in Dundee, Florida. Duties include managing contract services and contractors engaging in the construction and repair of biological control building, equipment and facilities. Receives and oversees the installation of specialized equipment. Monitors the functioning of laboratory equipment. Serves as primary contact for service providers for the Dundee facility. Makes recommendations for the acquisition or repair of laboratory equipment and the construction and repair of facilities necessary to biological control production.
Performs related work as required, including special reports, special assignments and travel, committee appointments, task force appointments, etc.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of entomology and the terminology, principles and techniques necessary for investigations and analysis of methods dealing with biological control of insects.
Knowledge of biological control organisms and natural enemies, including life history, taxonomy, and biology.
Knowledge of agricultural practices, including plant maintenance and insect rearing techniques.
Knowledge of regulatory aspects of plant pests.
Skill in rearing insects and conducting insect rearing experiments.
Skill in making innovations to equipment and techniques.
Skill in quality control techniques for mass rearing insects.
Skill in the preparation of scientific reports, manuscripts, and articles.
Skill in data compilation, organization, and analysis.
Ability to work independently and carry out independent research.
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 manage resources including funding, personnel, equipment and supplies.