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Requisition No:463121

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number:42003817

Salary: $35,000.16

Posting Closing Date: 09/20/2021





The headquarters for this position is negotiable between
Suwannee, Hamilton and Nassau counties with a starting salary
of$35,000.16 annually.
This is an Open Competitive Opportunity.

Agricultural Law Enforcement Officer Duties - The incumbent in this position is responsible for law enforcement activities as specified in Section 570.65, Florida Statutes. These acts include, but are not limited to, criminal violations involving: domesticated animals, livestock, poultry, aquaculture products, farms and farm equipment, livery tack, citrus and citrus products, trespass, littering, forests, theft of forest products, protection of consumers, all criminal laws and civil traffic laws committed on property owned, managed, or occupied by the department, any emergency situation in which the life, limb, or property of any person is placed in danger and any crime incidental to or related thereof. Each law enforcement officer shall meet the qualifications of law enforcement officers established by Chapter 943, Florida Statutes. Each officer is subject to and has the same arrest, jurisdiction and other authority provided for state law enforcement officers in Chapter 901, Florida Statutes. Each officer also has the same right and authority to carry arms as do the sheriffs of this state.


  • United States Citizen.
  • High School graduate or GED.
  • Must be 18 years of age to apply and 19 years of age by date of hire.
  • Valid driver license with no more than four moving traffic violations within the past three years.
  • Have not been convicted of driving a vehicle or operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance within the past five years.
  • Have not refused to submit to a breath/blood/urine test within the last five years.
  • Have not been convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement.
  • Have not been dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
  • Good moral character.

One of the following is required:

  • One (1) year of law enforcement experience (sworn or non-sworn)
  • Two (2) years of workexperience
  • Two (2) years of active and continuous military service can substitute for the required workexperience; College education can substitute at the rate of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours for the required sworn law enforcement experience.

Other Requirements- Applicants must take and pass the Florida Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test (BAT) prior to being granted an interview. Passing BAT scores must be provided no later than September 20th, 2021 and may be attached to the candidate profile prior to submission, faxed to Carol Richards at (850) 617-7069 or emailed to carol.richards@fdacs.gov . It is the applicants responsibility to send the BAT scores by the deadline date. If you wish to confirm, you may either send an email to carol.richards@fdacs.gov or call Carol Richards at 850-274-7068. For more information on the Law Enforcement BAT, please visit https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/CJSTC/Officer-Requirements/Basic-Abilities-Test.aspx


Applicants that are selected for this position will be required to attend the Gateway Academy in Sanderson, FL. This academy is Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm and will require a daily commute.

Information regarding the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement (OALE) may be found on the following website: https://www.fdacs.gov/Divisions-Offices/Agricultural-Law-Enforcement

Selection Process The OALE selection process takes approximately two to three months to complete. Steps to complete the selection process include, but are not limited to, 1. A complete State of Florida Employment Application; 2. A passing score on the Law Enforcement BAT; 3. A completed Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement Supplemental Employment Application for Law Enforcement Officer Recruits; 4. Oral Review Board; 5. Background Investigation; 6. Psychological Evaluation; 7. Fingerprint Processing; 8. Medical Evaluation; 9. Drug Screening

Benefits - State of Florida Retirement package; Ten (10) Paid Holidays annually; Paid Annual Leave; Paid Sick Leave; Health Insurance for Individual or Family Coverage; Life Insurance ($25,000.00); Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, etc.; Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available; Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction; Post Tax Benefits available.

Uniforms and Dry-cleaning Allowance- All required uniforms, equipment and weapons are provided at no cost; Uniform maintenance allowance is $500 annually.

Duty Stations and Assignments Duty stations are assigned based upon position availability, agency needs and candidate location. These areas include, but are not limited to, Interstate 10 in Suwannee County; Interstate 75 in Hamilton County and Interstate 95 in Nassau County.

Education and Training Incentive Payments Sworn employees are eligible to receive up to $130 monthly for the completion of career development courses and/or an Associates or Bachelors degree.

Starting Salary - $35,000.16


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.

Contact- Carol Richards at (850) 245-1324 or (850) 274-7068 or carol.richards@fdacs.gov with any questions or concerns.

Special Notes

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. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.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: Jacksonville

Posted: 2021-09-12 Expires: 2021-10-12

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) offers a wide variety of employment opportunities from consumer and environmental protection to promoting Florida’s vast agriculture and aquaculture industries. The Department has its own agricultural law enforcement office and a highly trained forestry division charged with fighting wildfires and protecting Florida’s vast forest lands. The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people to review the job listings to find out if this agency can offer them a career opportunity.

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