Department of Food & Agriculture
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT POSTING
- AGRICULTURAL AIDE (SEASONAL)
Final Filing Date: Until Filled
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Job Control Details
AGRICULTURAL AIDE (SEASONAL)
||San Diego County
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
Department Website: CDFA.CA.GOV
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
• 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
• 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.
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.
- 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.
Completed applications and all required documents must be received by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.
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 www.jobs.ca.gov.
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.
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 www.jobs.ca.gov.
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.
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.
may be considered.