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Department of Food & Agriculture



Final Filing Date:Until Filled

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Position Details

$13.43 - $16.03
San Diego County

Department Information

The Animal Health Branch is the State’s organized, professional veterinary medical unit that protects California’s public health, animal agriculture, and economy from catastrophic animal diseases and other health or agricultural problems. The Branch addresses diseases and other problems that require statewide coordinated resources, implements programs that protect California’s public health and animal agriculture, and ensures the availability, affordability, and wholesomeness of food. The AHB oversees the Equine Medication Monitoring Program (EMMP). 
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Job Description and Duties

Under the supervision of the Supervising Veterinarian for the EMMP and/or lead Agricultural Technician III, the Agricultural Technician I will perform average difficulty job related functions in a field setting. Incumbents must provide effective communications both orally and in writing with program supervisors, laboratory and the public. Incumbents must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with equine exhibitors and event managers, make appropriate decisions, follow oral and written directions on assignments, work independently to complete assignments, work well under pressure and meet required deadlines.


• Contact event manager of the registered event to confirm location and time for planned attendance.
• Travel to assigned registered equine event location at designated time to perform testing.
• Communicate with event manager upon arrival at the event to provide selection and collection procedure information.
• Select the horse(s) for sample collection, according to selection protocols in the field manual.
• Independently obtain urine sample from selected horse using appropriate collection device for drug and medication analysis.
• Release selected horses that pose a safety risk and horses from which samples are not obtained in the designated time.
• Aid less experienced Agricultural Aides with the collection of urine samples from appropriately selected horse.
• Assist veterinarians collecting blood samples from horses for drug and medication analysis, as needed.
• Apply bar codes to the samples and the corresponding legal Record of Sample Collection document.
• Maintain a professional working relationship with event management and exhibitors.
• Retain an inventory of all necessary EMMP testing supplies and documents.
• Request replacement supplies in a timely manner to ensure availability for all assigned events.
• Wear designated EMMP attire during attendance at assigned events to maintain professional appearance.
• Maintain safekeeping of the samples by using a supplied lockable cooler while at the event.
• Freeze urine samples and refrigerate blood samples until the time they are packaged and shipped to laboratory to preserve sample integrity.
• Package and secure samples in lockable cooler to ensure safe shipment of samples to laboratory.
• Complete inventory record of samples required for laboratory submission.
• Label and mail samples, within 2 weeks of urine collection or within 2 days of blood collection, to the laboratory for analysis.
• Use designated writing tools to complete documents and sample labels.
• Complete and review required EMMP program paperwork (including record of sample collection, work report and event related documents) before departure from the event.
• Complete, sign and submit time sheet and travel expense claim to EMMP Sacramento by the 5th of each month.

Working Conditions

Almost all of the duties of the job are performed indoors or outdoors in field or arena settings. Collecting or assisting with the collection of urine or blood samples usually requires entering and occupying an enclosed barn stall with the horse. Because the employee is required to work in very close proximity to the horse, an inherent risk of injury exists due to the unknown temperament of the horse. Therefore, it is imperative that the employee 1) be physically coordinated, agile, and alert, and 2) exercise consistent good judgment while working near horses.

Special Requirements

A statement of qualification is required. Please describe in no more than one page your experience with horses. 

Application Instructions

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

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:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678. 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A statement of qualification is required. Please describe in no more than one page your experience with horses. 
  • 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.

Contact Information

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

  • Department Website:
  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Donald Leidolf
    (916) 900-5305
  • 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.

who should apply

Priority consideration will be given to applicants receiving state public assistance under the CalWORKs or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) programs. Applicants who receive state public assistance need to identify their status as a CalWORKs or TANF recipient in the “Comments” section of the application. Applicants must submit verification of CalWORKs or TANF eligibility.

to be considered for this position

Write the job title, POSITION NUMBER, and your basis for eligibility (i.e., transfer, surplus, re-employment, SROA, reinstatement, or list eligible) in the job title section of the California State application (STD. 678), which can be obtained from the CalHR website at Submission of a resume is desirable; however it is not acceptable in place of a fully completed application. Copies of degrees and/or transcripts may be required.


You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
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Additional Documentation
Class Specification(s):