Seasonal Agricultural Inspector I, Chelan Douglas Horticultural Pest & Disease Board
Chelan-Douglas County Horticultural Pest & Disease Board 412 Washington Street Wenatchee, WA 98801
The Chelan-Douglas Pest Board is hiring a 2 - 4 month Trap Surveyor, temporary Agricultural Inspector I. This position consists of full-time work typically between the months of May 1st through August 31st, 2020; but can be flexible. This position is most ideal for college students and/or seasonal workers.
This position is a support staff to the Director and other department staff members. The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring all insect traps and site conditions for open Pest Board cases. Then recording their findings using the Pest Board database and map system. This position will assist the Director and other department staff with other duties as needed; such as fruit tree removals. The individual will work closely with the public and the chosen applicant must have the ability to remain courteous and professional at all times.
Must be willing to drive up to 80% of the time. The ideal candidate will use their personal vehicle for work duties and be reimbursed mileage at the current IRS rate: 57.5 cents/per mile.
- Survey geographical areas in Chelan & Douglas Counties.
- Place, monitor, service and remove insect traps.
- Search fields, brush and trees to locate plant pests.
- Collect samples of infected fruit, fruit pests, or plant materials for analysis.
- Keep accurate record data.
- Use surveying equipment such as GPS units.
- Use computers and basic applications.
- Safely operate trimming equipment, including chainsaws.
- Use herbicides and/or pesticides.
- Safely use and maintain a clean vehicle.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform all duties satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- High School Diploma/GED
- Basic Computer Skills
- Ability to read/speak/write in English.
- Basic Math Skills
- Use common sense, good judgment, and the ability to follow instructions.
- A current Washington State Driver’s License.
- College coursework in tree fruit production, horticulture, or closely related field.
- GIS, GPS equipment, and mapping experience.
- Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications and/or databases.
- Professional Writing
- Ability to speak and/or write in Spanish.
- Previous herbicide/pesticide experience.
- WSDA Private/Public Applicator and/or Consultants License OR Ability to obtain one within one month of hire date.
Long driving commutes will be a normal part of this position. It is expected that the candidates have a good driving record. The employee will be regularly required to stand and walk. The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
Work Environment & Conditions
Occasionally work hours outside of the regular 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday work hours including evenings, early mornings, and weekends.
The employee must be able to work independently with limited supervision, in all weather conditions. May be required to work in difficult terrain and surfaces. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, stressful situations will arise when dealing with unfriendly property owners. Employee must be able to maintain composure under stressful situations. This position is commonly exposed to dogs, snakes, biting/stinging insects, and hazardous plants.