Agricultural Program Assistant - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Variable Shift Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related Clerical and Administrative Support Project Management
  • Salary: $19.02 - $23.12 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures seeks multiple Agricultural Program Assistants - Extra-Help.

Agricultural Program Assistants are an integral part of the Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures' Pest Detection Trapping Programs. They work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, through the completion of the pest detection trapping seasons. Our detection trapping seasons are typically from mid-February through mid-September, or the beginning of May through the end of October. Agricultural Program Assistants may also work on other special projects throughout the year.

As an Assistant, you will focus on:
  • Trapping Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, European Grapevine Moth,exotic fruit flies, and other exotic insect pests
  • Placing and servicing insect traps, inspecting plant shipments and traps, and conducting related tasks in the field
  • Providing in-office supportthrough thecompilation ofraw data, calculation of data values, and the production ofwritten reports
The Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures is mandated to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, and public welfare through the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws and regulations. One of the department's primary responsibilities is the prevention of the establishment of exotic pests that are harmfulto agriculture and the environment. Additional responsibilities include environmental protection and worker health and safety, which are accomplished through enforcing pesticide laws and regulations and agricultural hazardous materials programs.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations.Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for aCounty contribution toward medical coverage.

This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of course work or training including on-the-job training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, course work or training in the natural sciences, statistics and related subjects would provide such an opportunity.

Experience: Any combination of paid or volunteer work experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and ability stated herein. Normally, college internships, special agricultural projects and related tasks would provide such an opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: the methods of planting, growing, treating and harvesting agricultural crops; methods of controlling noxious weeds; the use of pesticides and other chemicals; a variety of audio-visual aides; possible computer applications to agricultural projects.

Ability to: learn to operate and maintain equipment and vehicles associated with cultivation of test plots, weed eradication and related tasks; operate vehicles and equipment in a manner determined to be safe by department policy and rules of regulatory agencies; communicate orally or in writing; develop effective working relationships between peers, supervisors, elected officials, community representatives, members of the public, and others who have an interest in Sonoma County agriculture; learn to perform basic research associated with agricultural projects; and learn to operate a computer and use common software.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: EP
HR Technician: AC

Job Address

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