Agriculture Biology Technician (Extra Help)

  • Placerville, California
  • Mar 19, 2020
Variable Shift Agriculture or Farm or Ranch Clerical and Administrative Support Education and Training
  • Salary: $40,851.20 - $49,649.60 Annually USD

Job Description


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The County of El Dorado is recruiting applicants for Agricultural Biology Technician in the Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures. This recruitment will establish a list for filling extra help vacancies for at least (3) months. If you are interested in the position of Agricultural Biology Technician Extra Help, please submit your application.

We currently have the following vacancies:
  • Four (4) extra help vacancies located in Placerville, CA. Extra help vacancies are made to maintain adequate coverage of work for short periods of time at frequent intervals, where employment is of a recurrent nature depending on the needs of the Agency; work may be seasonal, on-call, and/or for a limited duration.

This recruitment will establish a list for the purpose of filling extra help vacancies only that may not be transitioned to regular employment .

Many job classifications require a pre-employment medical screening. Depending on the job classification, medical screening may include testing for drugs, including but not limited to marijuana; a positive test may result in revocation of an employment offer.

Under general supervision, performs routine inspections, maintains records and performs varied support related to Agricultural Inspection program and projects.

This is a technical support, non-certified class, performing a variety of field and office support duties in support of Agricultural and Weights and Measures programs and projects. Assignments tend to be intermittent and/or seasonal, and responsibilities provide experience in Agricultural Biology without requiring State certification.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Sets and records the finding of various insects and other pest traps.
  • Responds to and investigates inquiries from the public; investigates complaints and prepares an appropriate response.
  • Surveys fields, orchards, gardens and mills to locate pests; inspects range and farmland, roadsides, warehouses, and farm buildings.
  • Examines plant materials in nurseries for insect pests and plant diseases; places and inspects insect traps as required.
  • Examines various agricultural products at point of origin or at markets for compliance with standards.
  • Performs pesticide monitoring inspections for pre-application, application and field worker safety; inspects equipment and storage facilities and reviews records maintained.
  • Surveys and gathers various types of statistical information necessary to complete monthly and annual reports to the State and other appropriate agencies.
  • Prepares and conducts appropriate training sessions.
  • Attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience Requirements (typing "See Resume" in application will not be accepted)

Where college degrees and/or college course credits are required, degrees and college units must be obtained from an accredited college or university. Courses from non-accredited institutions will not be evaluated for this requirement.

One (1) year of public contact which included explaining services and/or procedures to the public, OR one (1) year of experience ensuring public compliance with various rules and/or regulations. Equivalent to completion of two years of college which includes at least ten units in agriculture or biological science is desirable.

Other Requirements:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. Specified positions may require a Class B license operate a three-axle truck with large-scale weighing equipment.

Knowledge of:
  • Basic provisions of the California Agriculture Code relating to the functions of the Agriculture Commissioner and related laws, rules and regulations.
  • Laws, rules and regulations relating to the transportation of agricultural products.
  • Methods and techniques used in the inspection of seeds, plants and produce.
  • Identification of crops, vertebrate pests, basic insects, plants and trees.
  • Laws, rules and regulations related to storage, transportation and application of varied pesticides.
  • Recordkeeping and report preparation methods. Business arithmetic.
Skill in:
  • Making accurate inspections of agricultural seeds, plants and products.
Ability to:
  • Interpret and explain State and Federal agricultural regulations.
  • Gather, assemble and analyze data and make sound recommendations for enforcement activities.
  • Maintain accurate records of work performed and findings.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Other Requirements

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work is primarily performed outdoors in all weather conditions, occasionally exposed to fumes, dust and noise levels associated with construction equipment; work above and below ground level and in confined spaces; occasional work in an office environment.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an outdoor setting; vision in the normal visual range with or without correction sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment; hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Frequent standing, walking, stooping, reaching, handling, fingering; lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of equipment and tools weighing up to 15 lbs. Occasional kneeling, crouching; lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of equipment and tools weighing up to 40 lbs. Infrequent sitting, climbing; lifting equipment and tools weighing up to 100 lbs. with assistance; carrying equipment and tools weighing up to 75 lbs.; pushing and pulling equipment and tools over 100 lbs. with assistance.
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Job Address

Placerville, California United States View Map