Job Description and Duties
Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.
Under supervision of the Station Manager, the Agricultural Technician I performs regulatory inspections on vehicles and commodities to prevent the introduction of unwanted pests into California.
Duties include but limited to:
· Enter the interior of vehicles including trailers, trunks, and passenger compartments of commercial trucks, automobiles, and recreational vehicles, and watercrafts in order to inspect for and remove any hitchhiking pests (i.e., gypsy moth, zebra mussel, etc.)
· Read and interpret shipping manifests and quarantine certificates in order to determine the contents and admissibility of commercial shipments.
· Use printed and electronic reference materials relating to the release or rejection of shipments in order to determine the admissibility of private shipments of plant material.
· Complete on-the-job training (including manuals, computer programs, and videos) designed to assist inspectors in order to learn and keep abreast of changes in regulations, and vehicle inspection procedures.
· Sample and inspect rejected or regulated commodities for pest infestation by collecting and carrying of samples and using a knives, fruit crushers, hand lenses, and microscopes to examine commodities.
· Compare collected specimens with samples or printed or electronic reference materials in order to make a preliminary identification of common pests.
· Preserve and ship suspect pest specimens using the prescribed methods to laboratory for identification.
· Dispose of rejected commodities by grinding, burning, or placement in dumpster.
Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement .
The majority of the job duties are performed outdoors, in the private vehicle and truck inspection areas approximately 90% of the time. When working outdoors, the employee may be exposed to high-low temperature changes and variable climatic conditions such as rain, fog, dust, fumes, gases, and odors. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Employees are routinely assigned to work weekends and holidays, and rotating shifts including day, evening, and night.
Minimum RequirementsYou will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
The Department of Food and Agriculture, Plant Health & Pest Prevention Services, Pest Exclusion Exterior Program operates 16 border protection stations. Inspectors at these facilities check vehicles and commodities entering California from other states for agricultural pests and quarantine compliance. Collectively, these stations are one of the State’s primary defenses in protecting against exotic pest infestations. The Meyers Border Station is recruiting for multiple positions.
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.
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