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Company: State of Florida
Location: Avon Park
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Job Description:

Requisition No: 794282

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - SES - 42004515

Position Number: 42004515

Salary: $32,655.81 - $35,921.34

Posting Closing Date: 03/07/2023






Pattie Solis, (863) 201-6091 or (863) 443-1192


An associate's degree from an accredited college or university or 6 months of experience in environmental protection, regulation, or health; one of the physical or natural sciences; agriculture; or engineering.

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.


    This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Section 60L-36.003, Florida Career Service Rules and Regulations.

    Frequent travel, including overnight and sometimes up to two (2) 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 assigned as the Commercial Survey Supervisor in the Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP). The incumbent is responsible for planning, assigning, supervising, directing the daily operations of OPS employees in a grove survey unit of the Pest Eradication and Control CHRP Avon Park Field Station.

    Trains and supervises survey staff. Evaluates and coordinates workload and quality to maintain equity and efficiency. Ensures that an adequate number of personnel are available to achieve the required goals and objectives. Compiles and reviews necessary reports on survey activities ensuring punctuality and accuracy. Institutes safety and quality controls to verify that all surveys are performed accurately and in accordance with approved procedures. Ensures that all safety regulations and other Department procedures are followed. Recruits and assists in the selection of OPS employees to fill vacancies in assigned areas. Evaluates performance and initiates disciplinary action when appropriate.

    Monitors work performance of direct reports, including periodic written evaluations and discussions; counseling to develop skills and correct deficiencies; recognizing employee accomplishments; and recommending timely disciplinary actions as needed. Reviews 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.

    Investigates and resolves issues and problems that arise in assigned work area. Communicates program goals to the public as necessary and maintains communication between the other CHRP program areas. Serves as liaison between Field Station Supervisor and grove survey functions. Travels outside assigned work area as needed when requested by program director.

    Assists subordinates with vehicle and office maintenance needs. Conducts and oversees safety training for all vehicles and equipment. Maintains all office and personal inventories.

    Performs related work as directed by the supervisor.

    • Knowledge of citrus and citrus pest problems.
    • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Division policies, rules, and regulations used in citrus/plant inspections.
    • Ability to understand, interpret, and explain pertinent rules and regulations.
    • Ability to compile, organize, and analyze data.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to use GIS mapping, GPS equipment, and Microsoft Office.
    • Ability to detect plant pests and disease.
    • Ability to motivate and train employees.
    • Ability to determine work priorities, solve problems, and plan assignments.
    • Ability to establish and maintain professional, courteous, and effective working relationships with others. 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.

Keywords: State of Florida, Palm Bay , ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST I - SES, Other , Avon Park, Florida

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