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Agricultural Biologist II

Salary: $21.41-$26.14 hourly / $3,724-$4,546 monthly / Range: 5476

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs a variety of increasingly responsible agricultural inspections; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a flexibly-staffed series. Agricultural Biologist II is the journey-level class in this series. It differs from Agricultural Biologist III in that incumbents at the II level perform in fewer fields of activity, but may perform in areas for which they are not certified if under supervision for training purposes.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Independently performs the following tasks: conducts a variety of inspections of agricultural products to ensure compliance with regulations, and/or verify certificate requirements for export/import and pest cleanliness; enforces regulations related to pesticide use and storage, and worker health and safety; issues permits and monitors applications of pesticides; registers agricultural pest control operators and advisors; detects and prevents the introduction of detrimental pests through examination, surveys, trapping, sampling, and regulation of possible carriers; controls and/or eradicates pest plants, insects, diseases, and nematodes in accordance with approved procedures; advises landowners regarding the control of common pests; inspects nurseries and evaluates nursery license applications to determine compliance with State requirements; investigates complaints related to agricultural pesticides, certain pests, and violations of County, State, or Federal laws; gathers and compiles evidence and prepares reports; collects, prepares, and submits official samples required for the enforcement or verification of various regulations; and obtains, compiles, and disseminates statistical data on agricultural commodities produced in the County.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license in at least two categories as a County Agricultural Biologist, issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and:

  1. one year of increasingly responsible experience as an agricultural biologist; or,

  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Agricultural Biologist I with Santa Barbara County; or,

  3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, abilities, and licenses.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: basic chemistry to understand the properties of pesticides; biological sciences, especially entomology and plant pathology; appropriate controls for particular pests; inspection methods; laws and regulations relating to agricultural inspection; correct English usage.

Ability to: establish and maintain harmonious public relations; enforce laws, rules, and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially; interpret and apply the provisions of laws and regulations relating to agricultural inspection; organize and prioritize work; work with minimal supervision; keep accurate records; write clear, concise, and accurate reports; recognize various plant products and pests; make effective oral presentations; obtain cooperation from the public.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Performing the essential functions of this job may require the incumbent to: work with and/or around hazardous materials; perform lifting and bending; or be exposed to unpleasant or hazardous conditions or substances in the field, such as heat, dust, diesel exhaust, or chemicals.

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