Description Pest Detection Specialists
deploy a variety of insect traps throughout SanMateo County and conduct routine field inspections to detect exotic agricultural pests such as Medfly, Mexfly, Japanese Beetle, oriental fruit fly, gypsy moth, glassy-winged sharpshooter and other exotic insects. This position is available primarily throughout the trapping season, March 25, 2019 through November 29, 2019. Staff in these positions work Tuesday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
San Mateo County is both an urban and rural county with a $137 million dollar agricultural industry.The county is one of the leading producers of greenhouse and field grown nursery crops, including cut flowers, in the state.Other major crops include artichokes, beans, Brussels sprouts, leeks, peas, and pumpkins.Pest Detection Specialists play a crucial role in keeping San Mateo County free of exotic insect pests.NOTE:This is an extra help position. Extra-help positions offer temporary employment for 1040 hours which is equivalent to about six months, however, employment might end sooner depending on the needs of the hiring departments. Extra-help positions are paid on an hourly rate basis and do not provide employee benefits. Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra help assignment.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Contact property owners and obtain permission to set traps.
- Deploy insect traps and inspect for presence of pests.
- Make tentative identification of trapped pests and report findings.
- Prepare periodic reports on activities such as maintaining a daily log.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- California driver license.
- Excellent public contact skills and the ability to learn quickly and work. independently in the field, using good judgment and making appropriate decisions.
- Experience in agricultural pest detection or vector control and/or college coursework in the agricultural, horticultural or biological sciences preferred, but not required.
Application/Examination NOTE: Due to the volume of applications for these positions, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as this position may be filled anytime within the process. The Department ofAgriculture/Weights andMeasureswill screen materials as they are received and will directlycontact qualified applicants for further consideration.
If you are interested in this position,please fax, email, or mail your résumé. Please include the words "Pest DetectionSpecialist -Seasonal Position" in the subject area of email submissions.All submitted materials should be in a Word or PDF format. Applications are not accepted online.
San Mateo County
Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures
Attn: Gerardo Ibarra
728 Heller Street, P.O. Box 999
Redwood City, CA 94064-0999
Fax: (650) 365-3906
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you have questions, pleasecontactGerardo Ibarraat (650) 363-4215 or (650) 222-2219.
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