Department of Food & Agriculture


$15.04 - $17.95 per Hour

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under supervision of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), the incumbent will work closely with the Environmental Scientist, an Agriculture Pest Control Specialist, and/or a Pest Prevention Assistant III, the incumbent performs the more routine field or staff support work for the Citrus Division. These activities include trapping, visual surveys, pesticide application, repairing and cleaning pesticide application equipment, mixing pesticides, preparing treatment activities, preparing written reports, updating and maintaining databases and records pertaining to regulatory functions.

Duties include but are not limited to:

•Follow established protocols, perform routine field and staff support work on citrus pest and disease exclusion, detection, control and eradication projects. Tasks include routinely placing, servicing, and collecting pest traps at designated locations and, performing insect sweeps, visually inspecting for target pests and damage on plant hosts, conducting eradication treatments (mixing and applying pesticides), and removing suspect plant and insect samples from foliage using various insect/plant collection tools, issuing hold notices to pest find properties, regulatory enforcement of affected businesses including nurseries, growers, certified farmers’ markets, swap meets, landscapers, and others.

•Create and maintain accurate daily reports of completed work including number of traps serviced, properties treated and surveyed, acreage surveyed, number of trees removed, samples collected, and other quantitative information as directed.

•Perform simple arithmetic calculations as needed.

•Make initial contact with property owners or representatives to conduct visual surveys, place/service/collect traps, or apply pesticides. May also include contacting property owners to issue hold notices for pest finds. Develop a cordial relationship to enable continued use of the property for current and future surveys or trap placements. Always act in a professional and courteous manner.

•Transport of vehicles to service facility. Perform vehicle safety and fluid level checks at the beginning of the work week. Ensure cleanliness of vehicle interior and truck bed is free of insects, lures, and other debris.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are primarily conducted outdoors. The incumbent works in extremes of weather and temperature. Changes in lighting such as alternating bright sunlight and dark shade are encountered. Noise levels constantly vary. Terrain encountered varies from smooth and stable to irregular and unstable. Incumbent may experience regular exposure to dust, pollen and moisture. The work area can be urban or rural. The incumbent may drive, exit and re-enter the work vehicle numerous times during the workday.

The incumbent may be required to work overtime, weekends, and holidays.

Travel by State vehicle or other public transportation systems to various locations throughout the state may be required. The incumbent must have a good driving record and a valid California Driver’s License.

The employee’s shared workstation is located inside the office building and is equipped with standard office equipment. Office equipment includes a computer with various software programs including e-mail, a telephone with voice mail, facsimile machine, bookcase, and file cabinets.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
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$15.04 - $17.95
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Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Non-Tenured, Part-time - / Time

Department Information

The primary responsibilities of the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division (Citrus Division) are detection, suppression, and eradication of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) throughout the State of California. Due to expansions of ACP and HLB, it is imperative that ACP control and HLB eradication activities be enhanced and quarantine regulation enforcement measured. The Citrus Division will carry out HLB eradication and ACP control in a systematic and consistent manner that addresses local conditions, while augmenting quarantine regulation enforcement activities in existing and newly detected areas. When detections of ACP and HLB positive trees trigger a state interior quarantine, the Citrus Division responds immediately by implementing regulatory actions to stop the artificial spread of those pests and thus avoid additional negative impact on the state’s natural resources.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC#225926
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC#225926
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

The incumbent in this position must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; work independently; well under pressure; and in cooperation with other staff members in completing assigned work; and meet required deadlines.


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Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Vy Truong
(916) 274-6314

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 654-1005
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 7/2019 version.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail