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COOPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT SERVICES AUTHORITY

1776 TRIBUTE RD, STE# 215
Merced , CA
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Agricultural Specialist I

COOPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT SERVICES AUTHORITY
Merced, CA Full time
Posted on April 13, 2018
Agricultural Specialist I (Co)
 
Job#: 472442
   
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Location: Merced
Department: County Agricultural Commisioner
Category: Field Technician
Salary: Hourly
Benefits: Partial Benefits
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
Job Description

Rate of Pay for position is $13.25 per hour for Agricultural Specialist I

I.PROGRAM/POSITION IDENTIFICATION

The Cooperative Agricultural Support Services (CASS) is a Joint Powers Authority that assists in protecting and supporting California's agricultural industry and the consumers of its products by providing services and staff who fairly, impartially, and dependably carry out their work. 

Agricultural Assistants participate in the inspection, identification and control of various plant diseases and pests in carrying out exotic pest (insect or plant) trapping activities in support of programs engaged in pest detection, trapping and eradication. May assist in the eradication and control of noxious weeds.

II.         ESSENTIAL  FUNCTIONS       

  Under the close supervision of a designated lead person or supervisor, as well as operating within established guidelines and procedures, the incumbent in this position works in a variety of field settings with close oversight.  Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Trapping / Survey and Eradication Activities

  • Assist in the examination of fields, roadways, and cultivated areas to determine extent of infestation of weeds, birds, insects or predators, and for the presence of plant disease infestation, and assists in their eradication or control.
  •  Safely operate and maintain a motor vehicle to travel to designated work areas throughout the day.
  • Follow established protocols for trapping, survey or eradication work.  Service traps, perform insect sweeps, visually inspect local plant hosts for target pest damage or conduct eradication treatments.
  • Remove suspect plant and insect samples from foliage or from a variety of insect collection tools and check for target pests.
  • Draw and follow maps when performing field activities.  Use GPS technology to site-register and package samples.  Maintain site location and sample integrity.
  • Keep daily reports of work completed, i.e. number of traps serviced, properties treated, acreage surveyed, samples collected and other information as needed.
  • Screen wet and dry traps for target pests (plant and insect).  Examine contents of traps to make preliminary identification of specimens which resemble target pests.
  • Take prescribed action when a preliminary identification of a target pest is made which may include, but is not limited to, drawing a map of the find site, completing a Pest Detection Report form, and placing the sample in an appropriate container.
  • Initiate contact with a property owner or representative to conduct a visual survey, place traps or carry out eradication activities.
  • Briefly answer questions about the survey, detection or eradication projects and/or refer the questioner to the appropriate agency for information.
  • Interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Keeps records of inspections and prepares reports.
  • Assist with the control and eradication of noxious weeds and other pests.
  • Assist with the transport of vehicles to service or storage facilities.
  • Perform daily vehicle safety and fluid level checks.  Clean vehicle interior and truck bed of debris.
  • Clean, repair and store all equipment daily.  Notify team lead or supervisor when equipment is in need of repair or replacement.

III.        WORK ENVIRONMENT

Duties for the job are primarily performed outside of buildings.  Weather, temperature, lighting 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, is generally required.

IV.       INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS  

The incumbent in this position must be able to work cooperatively with growers and residents; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work well under pressure; 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. Incumbent may be required to work weeks, nights, and work overtime.

V.        PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation,   to frequently lift and carry five to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally lift up to 75 pounds; use repetitive arm and wrist motions; bend, stoop, twist, reach (with and without a trapping pole); and possess mobility to traverse, uneven terrain. Incumbent will be required to enter and exit vehicle (truck) continuously throughout the day.

 
 
 
Skills/Requirements

For all temporary or seasonal job classifications, offers of employment are contingent upon an acceptable driving record as documented on a California Department of Motor Vehicle Driving Record.  The incumbent must maintain an acceptable driving record and a valid drivers' license at all times. A current DMV driving record must be presented at time of interview. DMV records can be downloaded from the California Department of Motor Vehicle website.     http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/dmv/dl