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Plant Diagnostic Lab Supervisor

Jefferson City MO

Missouri Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industries is seeking a Plant Diagnostic Lab Supervisor.

The Plant Pest Control program helps facilitate trade for Missouri agricultural businesses, and protects Missouri's agricultural and forest resources from harmful exotic and invasive pests.



WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday (8 hour days)


Manage the plant disease diagnostic laboratory including supervision of plant diagnostician, as well as performance and oversight of disease diagnostics.

Manage the fruit tree and grapevine virus-free certification program, performance and supervision of related field work, and serve on regional or national committees as the opportunities arise.

Provide expert guidance to program staff and supervisor on plant regulatory actions including quarantines, export certification, post-entry quarantine, federal permit reviews, and pest management strategies.

Network and collaborate with plant diagnosticians, diagnostic laboratories, and researchers nationwide to improve our diagnostic capabilities and stay at the forefront of new pest threats.

Travel to conferences and participation in work groups.

Budgeting and finance tracking for laboratory operations, with possibility of some federal grant management.



Four(4) years of professional experience as a plant pathologist/plant disease diagnostician or closely related experience AND graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in plant pathology, biology, or closely related areas.

Graduate work in the education areas listed above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years of stated experience. Additional qualifying experience in the above areas may substitute on a year-for-year basis for stated education.

Extensive experience in classical, serological, or molecular diagnostics of horticultural, forestry and/or field crops common to the Midwestern United States is preferred.

Supervisory experience is preferred.


Contact: hr@mda.mo.gov with any questions

Posted July 21, 2020

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