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Entomologist

Salary: $28.88-$35.26 hourly / $5,023-$6,132 monthly / Range: 6076

DEFINITION: Under general direction to conduct technical field inspections and laboratory studies directed at the identification, classification and control of insects that may have an adverse effect on the environment of the County; and to do related work as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Performs and/or supervises laboratory and field surveys for the detection, identification and classification of insect pests; analyzes, evaluates and makes recommendations on insect damage or potential damage to crops; provides information and training to staff and the general public on insect detection, identification and pest control methods, using bulletins, in-service education and public speaking; assists in pest exclusion, nursery regulation and pesticide use enforcement; cooperates with universities and other agencies in coordinating insect control programs; assists in the deployment of beneficial parasites and predators for biological control of target pests; prepares and maintains entomological reference collection; maintains records and prepares reports of tests and surveys conducted and submits reports to various governmental agencies.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in zoology, entomology, biology or closely related field including 18 quarter units (12 semester units) in entomology. Two years of professional experience in entomology. (Possession of a Master's degree in entomology may be substituted for the required experience);or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License by the time of appointment.

Knowledge of: Taxonomy and economies of major plant pest insects, other arthropods and mollusks of California and the United States; general principles and techniques used in identifying, evaluation and controlling these pests; various literature sources pertaining to entomology, agricultural, horticultural and native plants, plant pests and integrated pest management.

Ability to: Perform a variety of taxonomic and curatorial tasks; evaluate pest status; become proficient in identifying insects; perform a variety of field and laboratory analysis and control techniques; explain technical information to staff and the public; interpret and enforce laws and regulations relating to insect control; establish effective working relationships with staff and the public; prepare clear and concise technical reports for lay and professional readers; learn to effectively plan, assign and supervise the work of others.
 



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