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Agricultural and Standards Program Aide (#TA9238)
$16.51-$20.07 Hourly / $2,861.73-$3,478.80 Monthly / $34,340.80-$41,745.60 Yearly




DEFINITION

Under general supervision, provides support services related to the enforcement of agricultural and weights and measures laws; and does related or other work as required.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

An employee in this class provides sub-professional assistance to Agricultural Biologist/Standards Inspectors related to the enforcement of State agricultural and weights and measures administrative codes.  Duties include the placement, maintenance, and servicing of pest detection traps or devices; the identification of target pests including insects, diseases, vertebrates, and weeds; and the performance of other related support activities.  Incumbents typically work alone and must be able to make decisions regarding the identity of a pest.

TYPICAL DUTIES

  • Assists professional staff by performing support services related to the enforcement of agricultural and weights and measures laws.
  • Assembles and baits a variety of pest detection traps or devices; places and maintains traps in good physical condition; inspects traps on a regular specified schedule.
  • Collects and submits any specimens suspected of being target pests.
  • Performs specific pest surveys; explains to the public the purposes and importance of the pest detection survey program.
  • Keeps detailed records and maps of trap locations, dates of servicing and trap conditions; prepares routine reports of work performed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

ExperienceSix months in biological or agricultural pest survey or inspection work.

Substitution: Twelve units of college coursework in agricultural science, biology, or a closely related field may be substituted for the six months of required work experience.

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

KNOWLEDGE

Methods of pest trapping, survey and recognition of target pests; and basic mathematics; basic practices of public relations; safe driving practices; basic computer use.

ABILITY

Follow written and oral instructions; perform outdoor manual labor relating to trap maintenance or in support of other agricultural or weights and measures programs in varying weather conditions; keep detailed records and prepare routine written reports; read maps and plot trap locations on maps; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others; work independently with minimal direct supervision.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

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; Emotional/Special Conditions-Constant exposure to outdoor conditions;  public contact and working alone; frequent concentration and exposure to hazardous materials; occasional decision making and exposure to outdoor situations.


CLASS: TA9238; EST: 8/30/2000; REV: 3/7/2016;