Agricultural Field & Lab Tech I (#RA0100)
$19.60-$23.82 Hourly / $3,396.57-$4,128.55 Monthly / $40,758.86-$49,542.65 Yearly


Under general supervision, assists in conducting field trials in connection with various agricultural projects; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class assists in the establishment, maintenance and harvesting of experimental field trials; collects samples; and maintains records of test results.


  • Prepares, plants, cultivates and maintains experimental test plots; prunes trees and vines; applies insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilizer; maintains detailed records of test and compiles data for reports of results; harvests test plots to obtain and record data on yield, maturity and quality; uses computer for data input and analysis.
  • Assists in obtaining yield/production data for various crops and types of livestock; uses computer for data entry.
  • Prepares soil specimens and plant materials for analysis and/or shipment for further analysis and classification; may deliver samples to appropriate personnel at the University of California; may participate in conducting laboratory tests.
  • Helps maintain and care for office building, field equipment, instruments, tools and facilities used in connection with work; may arrange facilities for educational meetings.
  • Maintains records and prepares a variety of reports; may assist in purchasing and errands, as necessary.


Experience: Six months of work experience which provided knowledge and familiarity with agricultural methods and practices.

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Certificate: Possession of a current Qualified Applicator Certificate issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture preferred, required within six months of employment.


Methods of planting, growing, treating and harvesting agricultural crops; safe use of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals; safe use of tools and equipment.


Learn to collect and prepare samples for analysis; operate and care for small farm field equipment; maintain detailed and accurate records; follow oral and written instructions; use basic mathematical calculations and formulations required in performing laboratory and field tests; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Mobility-Occasional operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods, pushing/pulling, climbing ladders, crawling, and climbing stairs; frequently standing for long periods, walking, driving and bending/squatting; Lifting-Frequently lifting 30 to 70 pounds or less; Vision- Excellent vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent holding, reaching and grasping and occasional writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone/radio and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent concentration with occasional public contact and decision making; Special Conditions-May require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work and repetitive data collection; data analysis, preparing reports and constant oral and written communication.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RA0100; EST: 6/12/1991; REV: 8/11/1999;