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Department of Food & Agriculture



Final Filing Date: Until Filled

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Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-76441
Position #(s):
$5,022.00 - $6,478.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services (PHPPS) protects California from damage caused by the introduction or spread of harmful plant pests. PHPPS provides invaluable services to California related to sensitive food and environmental protection and safety issues. This is accomplished through exclusion of exotic invasive species, phytosanitary certification, nursery and seed regulation, plant registration and certification, quality cotton program, plant pest quarantine, invasive species detection survey and trapping, eradication, control, and timely and accurate plant pest diagnostics. PHPPS plays an integral role in California’s comprehensive regulatory program and provides accurate and reliable support to the County Agriculture Commissioners, USDA, and other state agencies.

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Research Manager II, Plant Data Analysis Services (PDAS) Unit, the Research Analyst II is responsible for performing a variety of technical, analytical, research and statistical duties that assist pest prevention management in programmatic planning and development of division policies. The position is responsible for the submission of PDAS reports including maps used to monitor the environmental presence and impact of invasive species throughout the state and to react when necessary. The incumbent will act as the PDAS liaison for the European Grapevine Moth and Asian Citrus Psyllid projects and for GIS requirements. The incumbent works independently and in conjunction with management and typically performs the most difficult and sensitive tasks. This position requires that the incumbent work cooperatively with other agency staff and consultants; maintain regular, consistent, and predictable attendance; and exercise good judgment.

The research methodology used includes statistical and other qualitative estimating techniques for independently planning and designing research study methodology and compiling, analyzing and interpreting data used in the development of applications.

Plan and design study approaches, develop and implement research methodologies, and interpret findings to develop, implement and monitor systems related to assigned program areas such as mapping, reporting and statistical charts and present recommendations, alternatives, and findings of the research to management to assist in the creation and expansion of quarantine boundaries and regulation of the establishments and commodities.

Conduct problem exploration and definition, extracting information from various data sources to develop assumptions and the associated impacts, independently gather, compile, edit and interpret quantitative data related to the pest prevention system including, but not limited to Pest and Damage Records (PDRs), Notice of Rejections (NORs), Warning/Hold Notices (008/008a), County Monthly Reports (CMR), and Nursery Licenses received from external countries, federal, state, county private enterprises, seed companies, and others throughout California to verify information is correct and complete, preparing structured, professional written reports to management on the findings.

Gather and interpret mileage and lifecycle data from various sources such as weather data from the State of Oregon, lifecycle calculations, quarantines, probes from the Pest Detection and Emergency Project (PDEP) Branch, in order to turn historical data into real-time data to determine if quarantine triggers are met or delimitation is needed for pests of quarantine significance. The information is provided to other branches or agencies as needed or required. This involves investigation into areas where precedents are lacking and only sparse knowledge of the data exists.

Technical analysis involving the monitoring of quarantine regulatory response, establishments in quarantine, commodities by type and acreage, compliance agreements, holds and violations.

Prepare statistical reports to measure the movement of regulated commodities and method of treatment in support of the mission of CDFA.

Research assignments and technical issues of subject matter such as traffic trends, quarantine incidents, and project data. This includes creating charts, tables, PowerPoint slides, and maps.

Use of computer software, i.e. MapInfo, ESRI ArcGIS products, SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access, to develop visual displays, analysis, tables, and final reports to present and interpret to management staff.

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

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are performed 95% of the time indoors and 5% in the field. The employee’s workstation is located inside the Department’s headquarters in Sacramento equipped with standard office equipment. The fieldwork is conducted mainly in County, State, and Federal Offices; this may involve travel. When working in other offices, the employee may be exposed to adverse weather, high noise levels, spills, and moving equipment. The job requires lifting, bending, and reaching. Must be able to work independently under stressful conditions and be able to originate new ideas/techniques to complete assignments within the budgeted time. This position requires proficiency in the use of personal computers and knowledge of mapping, database, spreadsheet, and word processing software.

May require a medical clearance.

Special Requirements

Applicants 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.

Alternative classifications may be considered.

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

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
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:
    Virgil Janski
    (916) 403-6631
  • 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.

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  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
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Additional Documentation
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