APPROXIMATE ANNUAL SALARY -
PAY GRADE: 34
For more information on benefit and retirement programs, please see the sections below.
In order to receive consideration, applicants must indicate their availability for any work type, travel, and location requirements listed.
until recruitment needs are satisfied
** Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.
Agriculturists perform a variety of inspections and enforcement duties related to regulated agricultural programs such as seed testing and seed certification, commercial pest control licensing, commercial nursery inspection and licensing, vertebrate pest control, noxious weeds, insect and plant disease quarantine surveys, and commercial feed and agricultural product grading.
Incumbents possess a degree of knowledge and proficiency sufficient to perform advanced-level work and may provide work direction and training to others.
This position works under the general direction of the pest control program manager (Agriculturist 4) in administering the state pest control continuing education program (CEU) in the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Las Vegas office. Responsibilities include inspecting pest control applicators at their office/warehouse and in the field according to neutral scheme inspection schedules and protocol; work with companies and applicators to correct non-compliance issues with applicable code; investigating verified complaints from the public as to possible violations of pesticide statutes and code; inspections of restricted use pesticide (RUP) dealers for compliance with federal and state statute and code; inspect producer establishments and fumigation treatments as needed; and maintains EPA inspector credentials including fulfilling training requirements and reports. The position refers all potential violations to the program manager for possible enforcement actions; manages the Nevada database for pest control continuing education with the assistance of an Administrative Assistant 2; works with private industry to ensure that CEU courses offered to pest control applicators are of high quality and meet all statutory requirements; confirms that all paperwork relating to CEU requirements are processed in a timely manner during relicensing and that companies reporting CEU units are in accordance with annual deadlines; and refers potential violations of CEU issues to the program manager for possible enforcement actions. Applicants with experience in Federal or state regulatory/compliance activities and experience in the biological sciences as they relate to Integrated Pest Management and pest control are preferred. Travel up to 50% of the time may be required.
In order to be qualified, you must meet the following requirements:
Education and Experience (Minimum Qualifications)
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in agricultural science or related field and two years of journey level experience in a variety of plant industry programs such as seed certification, vertebrate pest control, licensing of pesticide applicators and pest control firms, agricultural produce grading or enforcement of regulations related to agriculture and horticulture; OR one year of experience as an Agriculturist II in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.
Restricted use Pesticide Applicator's Certificate is required as an ongoing condition of employment for some positions in the series.
A valid drivers license is required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continuing employment.
Application Evaluation Exam
The exam will consist of an application evaluation. It is essential that applications include detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. The most qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for interview. The hiring agency may require specific skills related testing as part of the interviewing process.
The following additional questions are part of this Recruitment
1) Describe your experience in working with pesticides and understanding best pest control practices. How familiar are you with Integrated Pest Management theory and practice?
2) Describe any experience involving preparation of written reports and public speaking.
3) Describe your experience in data management systems and computer software.