Media Specialist – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Gainesville, FL • Full-Time • Bachelor’s Degree Required


JOB DUTIES:

The Media Specialist III position serves as the division photographer and videographer. This position provides photographic services for identification of biological specimens and disease symptoms, assists in training of technical and field personnel, and prepares technical, scientific and historical printed material and audiovisuals. These materials are distributed to division technical and field personnel, other scientists, regulated industries, the media and the general public. Videography assists the division in outreach and technical aspects to assure the best, most relevant content is being disseminated to the public, stakeholders, and employees of the division.

Photography:

  • Photographs and/or films biological specimens (e.g., arthropods, nematodes, plant pathogens and plant materials) as well as symptoms, damage to plants and plant products and related environmental conditions. This activity includes macro- and micro-photography using complex photographic and lighting equipment both in the studio and in the field.

  • Processes and prints a wide variety of photographic material. Retouches photos.

  • Performs print finishing for educational exhibits.

  • Constructs lighting set-ups for all studio photography, including shadowless photography, using electronic and incandescent lighting systems. Constructs lighting set-ups on location.

  • Keeps a photographic record of all division programs, activities and personnel including emergency programs, conferences, meetings, ID photos, etc.

Videography:

  • Responsible for digital videography footage involving division programs, functions and biological specimens.

  • Shoots video in studio and on location for educational or regulatory video to be used for a variety of productions produced and edited by the division.

  • Assists with planning and conceptualizing the shot list and storyboard for video production.

  • Edits digital footage using Adobe Premiere Pro.

  • Creates digital animation in Adobe After Effects.

Graphic Design

  • Designs and edits infographics, art and concepts for outreach materials including items used for social media platforms.

  • Creates original artwork for brochures, displays, scientific publications, logos, posters, and animations.

  • Enhances images for print and online use using Adobe Photoshop.

Media, Maintenance, Archives and Inventory:

  • Catalogues and files all digital files of images, negatives, film, tapes, prints and slides for proper identification, easy access and use.

  • Maintains, inventories, and orders all related supplies for photo, video or auditorium needs.

  • Maintains, inventories all cameras, equipment and accessories for the Public Information & Outreach section.

  • Sets up projection equipment and audio systems in the division auditorium and for division functions.

  • Advises and instructs other division personnel in the use and care of check-out cameras and other audio-visual equipment.

Assists the Public Information Director with various special projects and assignments. Performs related duties as required.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of photographic principles and techniques.

  • Knowledge of photographic lighting and materials, as well as projection and audio equipment.

  • Knowledge of design principles and photographic composition.

  • Ability to evaluate aesthetic and technical quality of photographic images.

  • Ability to illuminate and photograph a variety of organisms in unusual and adverse conditions.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with others, verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to travel the state on assignment at any time.

  • Ability to walk on uneven ground and in inclement weather.

  • Ability to lift and transport 35 lbs.


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