Job Posting

Department of Food & Agriculture



Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-72787
Position #(s):
$13.43 - $16.03
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: San Diego County
Job Type:

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.

Job Description and Duties

Under the supervision of the Agriculture Program Supervisor 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.

• Collect 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.

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

Working Conditions

• Comply with standards of behavior provided in the EMMP tester field manual.

• Job duties are performed outdoors in field, stable or arena settings.

• Frequent travel is required to horse events on weekends and some weekdays. Reliable transportation is required. Overnight travel and travel to remote locations may be required.

• Position may require work outdoors in inclement weather, such as sun, rain and varying temperatures.

• Job duties may require prolonged periods of standing and bending and walking long distances over rough or uneven terrain.

• Collecting urine or assisting with the collection of blood samples usually requires entering an enclosed barn stall or horse trailer 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. It is imperative that the employee 1) be physically coordinated, agile, and alert and 2) exercise consistent good judgment while working near horses.

May require a medical clearance.

Alternative classifications may be considered.

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.

A statement of qualification is required.

Please describe in no more than one page your experience with horses.

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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please see instructions above.
  • 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.

  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Lee Harrison
    900-5301 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.

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.


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  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
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Additional Documentation
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