Job Posting: Agricultural Technician III (Permanent Intermittent)

Department of Food & Agriculture

Agricultural Technician III (Permanent Intermittent)

$17.64 - $20.05 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.

These positions are located at the Meyers Border Protection Station.

These are Permanent-Intermittent positions with a maximum of 1,500 hours of work per calendar year.

Under the general supervision of the Station Manager or Shift Supervisor, or the direction of the Lead Plant Quarantine Inspector, the Agricultural Technician (Ag Tech) III independently performs the most difficult and varied regulatory inspections on vehicles and commodities to prevent the introduction of unwanted pests into California. The Ag Tech III acts as the program expert directing proper inspection of vehicles for compliance with agricultural commodity quarantine laws and regulations and the determination of admissibility of agricultural commodities.

Duties include but are not limited to:

· Inspect vehicles (i.e., automobiles, watercraft, self-moving, etc.) to determine if plant material (i.e., fruits, vegetables, plants, etc.) is present and to check the admissibility of plant material based on quarantine compliance and freedom from pests. This requires verbal communication and physical activities such as opening and removing containers, climbing, stooping, and bending around and within vehicles.

· Read and interpret shipping manifests and quarantine certificates in order to determine the contents and admissibility of commercial shipments.

· Use printed and electronic reference materials relating to the release or rejection of shipments in order to determine the admissibility of private shipments of plant material.

· Complete on-the-job training (including manuals, computer programs, and videos) designed to assist inspectors in order to learn and keep abreast of changes in regulations, and vehicle inspection procedures.

· Sample and inspect rejected or regulated commodities for pest infestation by collecting and carrying of samples and using a knives, fruit crushers, hand lenses, and microscopes to examine commodities.

· Compare collected specimens with samples or printed or electronic reference materials in order to make a preliminary identification of common pests.

· Preserve and ship suspect pest specimens using the prescribed methods to laboratory for identification.

· Dispose of rejected commodities by grinding, burning, or placement in dumpster.

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

Employees in this classification are routinely assigned to rotating work shifts including day, evening, night, weekends, and holidays. This job is performed outdoors, in the private vehicle and truck inspection areas approximately 80% of the time.  The remaining time is spent in an office environment.  When working outdoors, the employee may be exposed to high-low temperature changes, variable climatic conditions, rain, fog, dust, fumes, gases, and odors.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate.  Required to follow departmental grooming and uniform standards.


Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Agricultural Technician III (Permanent Intermittent)
$17.64 - $20.05
# of Positions:
Work Location:
El Dorado County
Job Type:
Permanent Intermittent - 1500 Hours

Department Information

The Department of Food and Agriculture operates 16 Border Protection Stations (BPS) across California. Staff at the BPS facilities must check vehicles and commodities entering California from other states for agricultural pests and quarantine compliance. Collectively, these stations are California’s first line of defense in protecting against invasive pest infestations. The Meyers Border Station is recruiting for multiple positions.


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

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

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-306766
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-306766
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-306766
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.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Cynthia Velazquez
(916) 591-7289

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:
Office of Civil Rights
(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 12/2021 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.