Agricultural Assistant I

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related
  • Salary: $2,712.67 - $3,709.33 Monthly USD

Job Description

Position Description Exam #: 20/30N40/01CH
Priority Screening: 02/03/2020
Agricultural Assistant I $15.65 ~ 21.40 hourly

The Agricultural Commissioner's Office is seeking to fill several temporary seasonal vacancies for Agricultural Assistant I. Depending on the specific assignment, incumbents perform routine duties in support of produce inspection, trapping, seed production inspection, nursery inspection and other established inspection/detection programs, assists farm advisors with field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments, conducts weed control and eradication activities and maintains equipment and facilities. The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a temporary basis.

Examples of Duties The duties listed below are illustrative only and are not meant to be an exhaustive listing of all the duties and responsibilities of Agricultural Assistant I positions.
  • Assists in the inspection and survey of agricultural and other properties to determine the existence of pest and disease infestation or damage; reports on conditions found.
  • Controls infestations of weeds, rodents, birds and other agricultural pests by spraying or applying pesticides, by either manual methods or setting traps.
  • Mixes and applies pesticides according to label directions, use regulations and established formulas and procedures.
  • Inspects agricultural crops at various growth stages for evidence of pests or disease, or fruit and vegetable standardization requirements.
  • Operate hand tools; agricultural field equipment including field planters, fertilizer applicators, tractors and various cultivation equipment
  • Monitors insect traps to identify and detect pests; refers suspect samples to experienced staff for confirmation; submits specimens to state laboratories as needed for official confirmation.
  • Inspects fields, greenhouses and other production areas to ensure pest-free production and operations.
  • Conducts weed surveys, control and eradication activities, including the application of herbicides.
  • Inspects incoming plant shipments for presence of pests and reviews documentation to confirm compliance with quarantine regulations.
  • Assists Agricultural Inspector/Biologists in conducting various inspections. Assists Weights/Measures Inspectors with various inspections and undercover test purchases.
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Examples of Experience/Education/Training The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Some Knowledge of: 
The methods of planting, maintaining, and harvesting of agricultural commodities; basic agricultural tools, equipment, and their use and care; care for various farm animals; use of pesticides and other chemicals.

Skill and Ability to: 
Maintain accurate records of activities related to assigned tasks. Work well with supervisor, coworkers, customers, homeowners and the public. Identify the presence of noxious weeds and other pests.
The physical and sensory abilities required for this classification include: The ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 lbs.; sit and work at a computer terminal for approximately 2 hours per day; and walk approximately 5 hours per day. Performs tasks outdoors or work on uneven ground or floor surfaces, in adverse weather conditions, in environments subject to sudden changes and/or extremes in air temperature, pressure, or humidity. Uses safety equipment and drives a County vehicle. Performs tasks requiring physical effort such as lifting, pushing, bending, stretching, repetitive arm or leg motion, unusually light or firm gripping, and coordinated skillful hand/arm movements. Ability to detect odors and aromas, project a voice that can be heard over loud noises, and be conscious of or perceive objects through touching. May come in contact with water, with a variety of toxic elements or irritants, chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data Sheets, allergens, dust, toxic fumes, liquids or gases, petroleum products, infectious organisms, plant, animal or food material or waste, vibration, moving objects, heat, fire, steam, non-ionizing radiation, explosions/implosions, electricity and hand/power tools.

The required application materials are as follows: The Monterey County Employment Application Form  and  Response to the Supplemental Questions.
Applications may be obtained from and submitted to: 
Monterey County, Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Attention: Jennifer Garcia
1428 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 759-7378

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All application materials must be received by the priority screening date of February 3, 2020 . Applications received after this date will be considered on an as-needed basis. Applicants who fail to provide all required materials will not be considered.
Resume, cover letters, letters of interest, or other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials. Failure to provide a complete response, leaving a response blank, or responding "see resume" will eliminate you from further consideration. Your detailed response to the supplemental questions is an integral part of the selection process.

The required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be most highly qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, this process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination. The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if any changes are made.

 Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity.  Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled.  If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call Human Resources at (831) 759-7321.
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