Department of Food & Agriculture


$11.71 - $12.97

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Function #1 Trapping/Survey and Eradication Activities 50%

• When driving is required, employee must have a good driving record and a valid Class C, or equivalent driver’s license. Safely operate and maintain state vehicle to travel to designated work areas.

• Follows established protocols for survey, eradication or trapping. May service traps, perform insect sweeps, visually inspect for target pest damage on local plant hosts or conduct eradication treatments (mixing and application of spray materials).

• Suspect plant and insect samples are removed from foliage using various insect/plant collection tools and inspected for target pests.

• Incumbent must be able to read maps to navigate to multiple locations when performing field activities. Must be able to draw maps to show exact geographic locations. Uses GPS technology to site register sample and packages samples separately to maintain sample and site integrity.

Function #2 Documentation of Work Completed 30%

• Keeps daily reports of work completed, i.e. number of traps serviced, properties treated, acreage surveyed and samples collected and other topics as needed.

Function #3 Collection and Submission of Target Pests 10%

• Screens wet and dry traps for target pests (plant and insect). Examines contents of traps, which may contain hundreds of plant samples, insects and debris to make preliminary identifications of specimens, which resemble target pests.

• Once a suspect target pest is preliminarily identified, prescribed action is taken, which may include phone contact and/or return of the suspect target pest to the field office for official identification.

• Incumbent carefully documents address, host type and location of sample on property or field by drawing a map and/or using a GPS unit and on a Pest and Damage Record (PDR). Suspect sample is handled carefully at all times to prevent damage that would make identification of the suspect more difficult. Sample is removed, placed in appropriate sampling container and returned to base at the appropriate time designated by the supervisor.

Function #4 Interaction with the Public 5%

• Interacts with public in a professional manner.

• Initiates contact with property owner or representative to conduct visual survey, place traps or apply pesticides. Develops a cordial relationship to enable continued use of the property for current and future surveys or trap placements.

• Briefly answers questions about survey, detection and eradication program, referring questions asked regarding gardening, tree diseases, etc. to the proper agency.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are primarily conducted outdoors. The incumbent works in extremes of weather and temperature. Changes in lighting such as alternating bright sunlight and dark shade are encountered. Noise levels constantly vary. Terrain encountered varies from smooth and stable to irregular and unstable. Incumbent may experience regular exposure to dust, pollen and moisture. Some trap types use a specific chemical insect lure; some of these lures may contain small amounts of pesticide. The work area can be urban or rural. The incumbent may drive, exit and re-enter the work vehicle numerous times during the workday.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-54671
Position #(s):
$11.71 - $12.97
# of Positions: Multiple
Work Location: San Diego County
Job Type:

Department Information

The Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch is responsible for the early detection and prompt eradication of serious exotic agricultural pests. The Branch accomplishes its mission by conducting a statewide trapping program, staffed by county and state inspectors, for exotic insect pests; by implementing special surveys for significant agricultural pests and plant diseases for which traps are not available; and by providing emergency eradications services using the best available technology.

Department Website: CDFA.CA.GOV

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

When driving is required, employee must have a good driving record and a valid Class C California driver’s license. If employee is not a California resident, but accepts a position with the Branch, or becomes a resident, the employee must obtain a California driver’s license within 10 days of job appointment.

The incumbent in this position must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work; work well under pressure; work independently and in cooperation with other staff members in completing assigned work and meeting required deadlines.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Travel by state vehicle or other public transportation systems to various locations throughout the state may be required.

Alternative classifications may be considered.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website: CDFA.CA.GOV
Hiring Unit Contact:
Darrin Okimoto
403-6644 ext:

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 654-1005
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Applications with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications may be considered.

Application Submission

Electronic applications are preferred.  Hard copy applications will be accepted if mailed or dropped off at:

Department of Food and Agriculture

Human Resources Branch

1220 N Street, Room 242

Sacramento, CA 95814




Please ensure to include the Job Control Number (JC#) on both the application and mailing envelope.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)