Pest Detection Specialist - Project

County of Contra Costa, California Martinez, CA
The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 1 - Agricultural & Animal Control Unit

Hourly Rate: $20.76/hour

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

Interested parties may obtain a hard copy application from the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture, or you may print out and complete an electronic application and mail to: CCC Department of Agriculture, 2366A Stanwell Circle, Concord, CA 94520 (Attn: Roxanne Crosby) or you may fax the application to 925-646-5732.

To access our electronic application, please go to the INTERNAL JOBS PAGE and follow the instructions for filling out and printing the electronic application.



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.

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