State of Florida | FL

Posted Date 2/22/2021

Requisition No: 315701

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - 42001225

Position Number: 42001225

Salary: $27,926.08 - $30,718.74

Posting Closing Date: 03/08/2021






Felipe Soto-Adames, (352) 395-4668 or
Email: Felipe.Soto-Adames@fdacs.gov


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences.

Possession of a valid 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.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields 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 is required.


General Statement: This is a professional position responsible for the identification and curation of arthropods under the direction of a Biological Scientist IV in support of the plant and plant pest regulatory activities of the Division of Plant Industry.

Receives, sorts, records and distributes specimens submitted by Plant Protection Specialists and others for identification. Curates arthropod specimens for regulatory identification, research purposes and curation. Specimen preparation emphasized arthropods requiring glass slide preparation. Uses rearing techniques, conducts morphological and molecular systematics and literature searches.

With appropriate training and approval by supervisor, performs identifications and classifications of assigned taxa to genus and species, or to the lowest taxonomic unit possible, using morphometric analysis and other scientific methods of identification, assisting with identification of specimens submitted by Plant Protection Specialists and others.

Section duties: Will be assigned duties related to management functions of the section. These can include tasks such as collection’s maintenance, inventories, management of labs, management of sectional database, supply organization, etc. Each individual in section will have unique tasks assigned, which may change as needs arise.

Assists in the preparation of manuscripts for publication and in the development of identifications tools for taxa relevant to Florida’s fauna.

Curates reference collections. Identifies arthropod specimens to lowest possible taxonomic unit, curates and manages the assigned section of the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. Keeps appropriate files and records for data retrieval. Prepares specimens for loans to arthropod systematists, maintains invoice files and corresponds with these scientists.

Periodic travel may be required to help facilitate activities associated with current section, bureau or division duties. This may include travel associated with grant projects, farm bills and/or assisting with pest surveys, inspections, public outreach, and emergency programs.

Other related work as required by supervisor.


  • Knowledge of current systematic practice and theory, curation and preparation procedures of entomological specimens for museum deposition.
  • Knowledge of basic principles in entomology, malacology, and/or biology.
  • Ability to use compound and dissecting microscopes and make glass microscope slides.
  • Ability to use computers, including database, illustration, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to compile, organize and analyze data and to make recommendations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently; conduct experiments; and plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to understand and follow technical instructions.


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: Gainesville

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