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Agricultural Biologist III

Salary: $23.66-$28.88 hourly / $4,115-$5,023 monthly / Range: 5676

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs the widest variety of agricultural inspections; trains other Agricultural Biologists in the performance of inspections and related duties; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a flexibly-staffed series. Agricultural Biologist III is the fully experienced class, in which incumbents may perform in all fields of activity and may train and act in a lead capacity.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Independently performs and trains other staff in 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; acts as leadworker over subordinate staff assigned to specific projects, or assists other staff with unusual or problem cases.

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

  1. Two years of increasingly responsible experience as an agricultural biologist; or,

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

  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

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; keep accurate records; write clear, concise, and accurate reports; recognize various plant products and pests; make effective oral presentations; obtain cooperation from the public; lead, organize, and prioritize the work of others; provide technical assistance to subordinate staff.

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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