Salary: $28.88-$35.26 hourly / $5,023-$6,132 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction, detects, identifies,
controls, and eradicates plant parasitic nematodes and diseases;
conducts investigative and educational activities for the purpose of
protecting the plant environment; assists in the enforcement of
state laws and regulations pertaining to plant diseases; and
performs related duties as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Makes field and laboratory diagnoses of plant nematological and
pathological materials; conducts surveys; isolates and identifies
nematodes and other organisms which cause diseases in plants;
prepares, examines, and interprets histological specimens.
2. Analyzes potential hazards to plant life and makes
recommendations for solutions to problems; develops diagnostic
3. Serves as staff consultant to provide expertise on
phytopathological and nematode problems; trains and advises co-
workers and the public.
4. Assists staff biologists in the enforcement of state laws and
regulations as they relate to plant diseases.
5. Prepares news releases, bulletins, and other educational
materials on methods to cope with plant diseases; maintains records
and prepares reports.
1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in plant pathology, or in a
closely-related biological science that included courses in plant
pathology and nematology and two years of professional field or
laboratory experience in plant pathology or plant parasitic
nematology. A master's degree in plant pathology may be substituted
for one year of the required experience; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications: A valid California Class C Driver's
License is required.
Knowledge of: epidemiology, mycology, bacteriology, virology,
taxonomy, physiology, morphology, anatomy, cytology, genetics,
organic chemistry, and biochemistry as they relate to plants;
taxonomy and economic significance of plant parasitic nematodes;
principles and techniques used in identifying, evaluating, and
controlling plant diseases and nematodes; various domestic and
foreign literature sources pertaining to plant pathology and
nematology; importance of plants to a stable ecology; agricultural,
horticultural, and native plants from the cultural and botanical
standpoint; relationship of plants, plant pests, and pest control to
agriculture and the environment; laboratory techniques and methods;
legal aspects of making and presenting disease diagnoses; English
grammar and usage.
Ability to: perform specialized, standardized, and routine
laboratory tests; learn provisions of the California State Food and
Agricultural Code as they relate to plant diseases and plant
nematology; keep records and prepare reports; balance technical
laboratory and field activities with enforcement activities; prepare
a variety of written documents; make independent decisions; work
with limited supervision; establish and maintain effective working
relations with co-workers and with the public.