Pest Detection Specialist - Project

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Concord, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Animal Control or Services Project Management
  • Salary: $22.24 Hourly USD

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 1 - Agricultural & Animal Control Unit

The Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture is recruiting to fill a couple of Pest Detection Specialist - Project vacancies with primary responsibility to deploy and service detection traps to determine presence of specific exotic, non-endemic pests. Positions are seasonal and dependent on State contract funds.

Incumbents may be exposed to chemicals, plant/animal diseases or poison oak, chemical and agricultural odors, and various weather conditions and climate.

Full job description can be found on the Contra Costa County website under Human Resources.

Typical Tasks
  • Identifies basic fruit trees and vegetable/plant species that are hosts for specific insect pests
  • Identifies specific target pests that are caught in detection traps
  • Organizes effective trapping routes in an efficient manner
  • Deploys and services insect detection traps according to State guidelines
  • Works with various insect traps that contain insect food lures, pheromone lures and pesticides
  • Draws neat and accurate maps of trap locations
  • Reads and utilizes simple diagrams and maps efficiently
  • Maintains legible and accurate records and prepares reports
  • Works within close proximity and with large quantities of insects
  • Works safely around dogs, stinging insects, and allergic plants
  • Performs basic mathematical calculations
  • Assists with surveys to detect plant pests and diseases
  • Complies with laws, regulations and professional practices governing agricultural programs
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships
  • Manages time efficiently to complete assigned tasks
  • Communicates effectively and tactfully with home and property owners, coworkers, supervisors and the general public
  • Operates assigned vehicles safely
  • Works independently to assess situations for risk and responds in a safe and effective manner
  • Performs other work as required which may include the use of pesticides when assigned to Pest Management Programs

Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license. Valid out of state motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalency or a high school proficiency certificate.
Selection Process
If you are interested in this position, submit an application onlinefor consideration.Please feel free to contact the Executive Secretary at (925) 608-6600 if you have any questions regarding this position.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Job Address

Concord, California United States View Map