Biological Scientist IV - Coccoidea and Aleyrodidae

Position number 42001228

Taxonomic identifier for Coccoidea (scale insects) and Aleyrodidae (whiteflies)

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32608

Closing Date: 04/23/2021

All applications must be made in

Dr. Paul Skelley, (352) 395-4678,


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.


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

  • All applications must be made in
  • 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 required, including up to two (2) weeks on an emergency program.


General Statement: This is a highly professional position responsible for the expert taxonomic identifications and classification of arthropods in support of the plant and plant pest regulatory activities of the Division of Plant Industry.

Supervisory duties: 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.

Regulatory Identifications and FSCA curation: Primarily performs expert taxonomic identification and classification of Coccoidea (scale insects) and Aleyrodidae (whiteflies) to genus and species, or to the lowest taxonomic level possible, using morphometric and molecular analyses, and other scientific methods. Curates assigned taxa in the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, which includes organizing identified specimens systematically, and maintaining appropriate records and files.

Maintains currency, expertise and professional standing in biosystematics of assigned taxa through communication, correspondence, and collaborations with other recognized expert systematicists in the assigned taxa. Conducts biosystematic research on assigned taxa using multipe available techniques and technologies resulting in reports or peer reviewed publication. Participates in field surveys and prepares and presents instructional material for in-service training of district personnel. Participates in outreach activities to disseminate information about, and promote the activities of the agency.

Section duties: Works on individually assigned duties to help maintain the work place and responsibilities of the Entomology Section.

Performs other related work as required by supervisor.


  • Knowledge of current systematic theory and practices, current taxonomy, museum management, curation, and specimen preparation procedures used in research and diagnostics of assigned organisms.
  • Knowledge of regulatory aspects of plant pests.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory and specialized equipment such as field equipment, computers, genetic analysis equipment, and various microscopes.
  • Ability to identify assigned organisms to species level using varied scientific techniques.
  • Ability to plan, design and conduct projects to improve our diagnostic infrastructure and capabilities, and analyze information to make scientific recommendations upon request.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments, delegate tasks and supervise employees.
  • Ability to prepare scientific research reports and administrative documents, and publish results.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to manage resources including funding, personnel, equipment and supplies.


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.

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