Under general supervision, provides technical and administrative program support to Agricultural Biologist/Standards Inspectors related to the enforcement of agricultural and weights and measures laws; may serve as a lead worker over subordinate staff; 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 is responsible for performing technical field work related to trapping and identifying pests; educating and communicating with the public; assisting licensed staff with special projects and activities; and maintaining field and office records. Duties also typically include leading, prioritizing, coordinating, training, and monitoring the work of Agricultural and Standards Program Aides. Incumbents are expected to become familiar with State agricultural and weights and measure administrative codes and may be assigned to perform work in the field or office as needed.
Leads and performs a variety of non-licensed technical and administrative support duties related to the enforcement of agricultural and weights and measures laws.
Performs pest surveys by assembling and baiting pest detection traps or devices; places and maintains traps in good physical conditions; inspects traps regularly and records results; performs other technical duties as assigned to assist licensed staff.
Prioritizes and coordinates the daily activities of Agricultural and Standard Program Aides; ensures that their work is completed in a timely and efficient manner; monitors the productivity and quality of their work; responds to inquiries and resolves issues that come up in the field or office; provides training to assigned subordinate staff in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
Communicates with the public to convey the purposes and importance of the pest detection survey program and/or other assigned programs.
Keeps detailed records and maps of trap locations, dates of servicing and trap conditions; may assist in the restructuring of routes; prepares routine reports of work performed by seasonal staff.
Performs a variety of administrative support duties for licensed staff which may include preparing correspondence and reports, providing and maintaining records and files, and gathering and tabulating data and information; may travel and provide assistance to staff in satellite offices.
Experience:Two years performing biological or agricultural research, pest survey, or inspection-related field work.
Substitution:Completed coursework in agricultural science, biology, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the above-required experience, where 30 college units is considered equivalent to one year of experience.
License:Must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license.
Methods of pest surveying, including the trapping and recognition of target pests; basic mathematics; basic principles of public relations; safe driving practices; standard office practices and procedures; personal computer systems and general office computer software; language mechanics, correspondence and report formats.
Follow written and oral instructions; perform outdoor manual labor relating to trap maintenance in varying weather conditions; keep detailed records and prepare routine written reports; utility a variety of office equipment; read maps and plot trap locations on maps; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others; work independently with minimal direct supervision.
Mobility - Constant driving; frequent walking; occasional sitting and standing for long periods, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting and basic keyboard operation; Lifting - Ability to occasionally lift 5 to 30 pounds; Vision - Good overall vision with constant color perception; frequent eye hand coordination; depth perception, peripheral vision, and reading close-up work; Dexterity - Frequent reaching, holding, grasping and writing; occasional repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking - Frequent hearing normal speech and talking in person; occasional talking on the telephone/radio and on thetelephone; Emotional/ Special Conditions - Constant exposure to outdoor conditions; frequent public contact and working alone; frequent concentration, decision making, and potential exposure to hazardous materials.