May 18, 2015
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Community members are encouraged to apply for a San Rafael-based position with Cooperative Agricultural Support Services (CASS).

The position of Agricultural Specialist I-Plant Pest pays $13.25 per hour and begins June 1. The person hired for the role will spend much of their workday outdoors helping CASS in the inspection and eradication of plant pests.

Read the following job description to learn more, and to apply go here:

Position: Agricultural Specialist I – Plant Pest

Rate of Pay: $13.25 per hour.

Location: San Rafael

Start date: June 1

  1. Position Identification

Under close supervision of designated lead person or supervisor, as well as operating within established guidelines and procedures, incumbent in this position works in a variety of field settings with close oversight. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Trapping / Survey and Eradication Activities – 55%

• Safely operate and maintain a motor vehicle to travel to designated work areas.

• Follow established protocols for trapping, survey or eradication work. Service traps, perform insect sweeps, visually inspect local plant hosts for target pest damage or conduct eradication treatments.

• Remove suspect plant and insect samples from foliage or from a variety of insect collection tools and check for target pests.

• Draw and follow maps when performing field activities. Use GPS technology to site-register and package samples. Maintain site location and sample integrity.

2. Document Work Completed – 25%

• Keep daily reports of work completed, i.e. number of traps serviced, properties treated, acreage surveyed, samples collected and other information as needed.

3. Collect and Submit Target Pest Samples – 10%

• Screen wet and dry traps for target pests (plant and insect). Examine contents of traps to make preliminary identification of specimens which resemble target pests.

• Take prescribed action when a preliminary identification of a target pest is made which may include, but is not limited to, drawing a map of the find site, completing a Pest Detection Report form, and placing the sample in an appropriate container.

4. Interact with the Public – 5%

• Initiate contact with a property owner or representative to conduct a visual survey, place traps or carry out eradication activities.

• Briefly answer questions about the survey, detection or eradication projects and/or refer the questioner to the appropriate agency for information.

• Interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner.

5. Vehicle and Tool Maintenance – 5%

• Assist with the transport of vehicles to service or storage facilities. Perform daily vehicle safety and fluid level checks. Clean vehicle interior and truck bed of debris.

• Clean, repair and store all equipment daily. Notify team lead or supervisor when equipment is in need of repair or replacement.

Duties for the job are primarily performed outside of buildings. Weather, temperature, lighting and noise levels may constantly vary. Terrain may vary from smooth and stable to irregular and unstable. The incumbent may be regularly exposed to dust, pollen, moisture and pesticide chemicals associated with insect lures and treatment activities. Driving a vehicle, as well as entering and exiting the vehicle numerous times throughout the workday, is generally required.

The incumbent in this position must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships; work well under pressure; and, work cooperatively with other staff members in completing assigned work and meeting required deadlines.  The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to lift up to 20 pounds on a frequent basis; use repetitive arm and wrist motions; bend, stoop, twist, reach (with and without a trapping pole); and, maintain visual acuity.

For all temporary or seasonal job classifications, offers of employment are contingent upon an acceptable driving record as documented on a California Department of Motor Vehicle Driving Record.  The incumbent must maintain an acceptable driving record and a valid drivers’ license at all times.

Please apply online to be considered:


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.