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Rate of Pay for position is $13.25 per hour for Agricultural Specialist I
I. PROGRAM/POSITION IDENTIFICATION
Under supervision of county, or CASS staff, the Agricultural Specialist I participates in pest prevention, in support of plant weed, and pest detection and eradication programs.
II. ESSENTIAL AND NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
A. Essential Functions:
Under the general direction of a designated supervisor, as well as operating within established guidelines and procedures, the incumbent works in a variety of field settings with limited oversight to make inspections, integrated pest control, pest prevention and plant regulation,. The Agricultural Specialist may also be assigned as a team leader working with a small group of Agricultural Assistants and may be the point of contact with the public, provide technical direction and coordination of the team members and report unusual situations to the project supervisor or manager for resolution. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Employ early detection techniques designed to locate and delineate pests of statewide importance before they become widespread.
Lead and participate in the work of staff performing plant pest and weed control duties.
Establish the spray schedules and coordinates spray routes and appropriate chemical usage with other staff; monitors work for progress and quality; and ensures work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
Train and assist staff in the performance of their duties; provides technical direction and problem solving in response to staff work questions and problems.
Recommend improvements and modifications to work processes and adapts work procedures to meet changing needs.
Respond to and coordinates with supervisor to resolve routine customer inquiries and spray complaints.
Load, mix, and safely apply the proper herbicide to weed pests via a spray truck; maintains, calibrates, and cleans spray systems and equipment. Manufactures, distributes and applies rodent baits including formulation of vertebrate baits.
Compile and organize daily and monthly reports and assists with data entry.
May oversee staff that set and maintain ínsect traps and survey for pests.
2. Document Work Completed - 25%
Prepares reports of inspections, tests, investigations and other activities, properties treated, samples collected and other information as needed.
3. Interact with the Public - 5%
Initiate contact with property owner or representative to conduct a visual survey, place traps or carry out eradication activities.
Briefly answer questions about survey, inspection, detection, eradication projects and other related activities and/or refer the questioner to the appropriate agency for information.
Interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner.
Vehicle and Tool Maintenance - 5%
Assist with the transport of vehicles to service or storage facilities. Perform daily vehicle safety and fluid level checks. Clean vehicle exterior and interior, and truck bed of debris.
Clean, repair and store all equipment daily.
III. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Duties for the job are primarily performed outside of buildings. Weather, temperaturelighting and noise levels may constantly vary. Terrain may vary from smooth and stable to irregular and unstable. The incumbent may be regularly exposed to dust, pollen, moisture and pesticide chemicals associated with insect lures and treatment activities. Driving a vehicle, as well as entering and exiting the vehicle numerous times throughout the workday.
IV. INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS
The incumbent in this position is required to read, understand and interpret instructional manuals and materials; keep accurate records and prepare reports; and understand and carry out oral and written directions. Must have a valid CA DL and an acceptable driving record for the past 5 years. A copy must be presented at time of interview.
The incumbent in this position must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships; work well under pressure; work independently; and, work cooperatively with other staff members in completing assigned work and meeting required deadlines. Incumbent must have a valid driver license and acceptable driving record during course of employment.
V. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to lift up to 20 pounds on a frequent basis; possess mobility to traverse, uneven terrain and shallow creeks; use repetitive arm and wrist motions; bend, stoop, twist, reach; maintain visual acuity; hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone; manual dexterity to operate required equipment and tools; and be willing to work within approved exposure limits to various chemicals and weather conditions.
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