Agricultural Specialist I - CAC
Company: Cooperative Agricultural Support Services
Location: San Andreas
Posted on: June 12, 2021
POSITION TITLE: County Agricultural Specialist I
DEPARTMENT: County Agricultural Commissioners
LOCATION: Calaveras County
REPORTS TO: Program Supervisor
FLSA STATUS: Full-time, Temporary, Non-Exempt
COMPENSATION: $14.05/Hr. Pay Rate
The Cooperative Agricultural Support Services (CASS) is a Joint
Powers Authority that was originally formed as a partnership
between the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
and the Counties of Yolo and Trinity. Since then, CASS' services
have expanded throughout California to support the agricultural
industry and the consumers of its products by providing human
resources and administrative support services. CASS' program
activities include agricultural inspection, pest prevention and
other programs administered by CDFA, county agricultural
commissioners, and other public agencies. Our current work
- Agricultural Commodity Grading Program
- Grading using County, State and Federal standards
- Emergency Pest Detection Trapping and Survey program
- Professional Develop and Educational Training
We are seeking an enthusiastic Agricultural Specialist I to join
our County Agricultural Commissioner's Program. This position
reports directly to the Program Supervisor.
Under the general direction of a designated supervisor, as well
as operating within established guidelines and procedures, the
incumbent works in a variety of field settings with limited
oversight to make inspections, perform pesticide
detection/regulation and environmental monitoring, integrated pest
and actionable invasive insect pests' control, commodity
regulation, pest prevention and plant regulation, and activities
relating to weight verification, measurement verification, and
transaction and product verification. The Agricultural Specialist I
may also report unusual situations to the project supervisor or
manager for resolution.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Safely operate and maintain a motor vehicle to travel to
designated work areas.
- Follow established protocols for trapping and survey work.
- Service traps perform insect sweeps and visually inspect local
plant hosts for target pest damage.
- Remove suspect plant and insect samples from foliage or from a
variety of insect
- Draw and follow maps when performing field activities. Use GPS
technology to site-collection tools and check for target pests.
register and package samples. Maintain site location and sample
- Keep Daily reports of work completed, i.e., number of traps
services, properties treated, acreage surveyed, samples collected
and other information as needed.
- Clean, repair and store all equipment daily. Notify team lead
or supervisor when equipment needs repair or replacement.
- Screen wet and dry traps for target pests (plant and insect).
Examine contents of traps to make preliminary identification of
specimens which resemble target pests.
- Initiate contact with a property owner or representative to
conduct a visual survey, place traps or carry out eradication
- Briefly answer questions about survey and pest detection
projects and/or refer the questioner to the appropriate individual
- Interact with the public in a courteous and professional
- Take prescribed action when a preliminary identification of a
target pest is made which may include, but is not limited to,
drawing a map of the find site, completing a Pest Detection Report
form, and placing the sample in an appropriate container.
- Attendance, punctuality, and dependability are essential to
- Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
- High School Diploma
- Ability to adapt to a flexible work environment
- Self-Starter and proactive
- Excellent Oral and Written Communication skills
- Excellent Time Management and Organizational skills
- Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting
- Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to clients
including cultural and ethical beliefs; and implements care in a
thorough, skillful, consistent, and continuous manner.
- Attends work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures
regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to
supervisor with respect to time-off requests.
- Performs other duties, as necessary.
- Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is
flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others, and acts as a
resource to team members and clients where appropriate.
- Tactfully handles conflicts constructively and seeks
appropriate assistance and directive when necessary.
- Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships
with co-workers, supervisor, and agency clients.
- Full-time, Non-Exempt - Temporary
- $14.05/Hr. Pay Rate
- Benefits package including medical benefits, matching
retirement contributions, and annual and holiday leave.
- Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will
be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal
and state laws.
The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without
reasonable accommodation, to operate a desktop computer using a
keyboard and mouse; employ repetitive arm and wrist motions;
occasionally bend, stoop, twist, reach; and, lift file or supply
boxes of up to twenty-five pounds.
Cooperative Agricultural Support Services is an equal
opportunity employer committed to a diverse, welcoming, and
inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race color, religion, national origin,
ancestry, age, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy),
gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental
status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected
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