This is a full time temporary position. Rate of pay is $14.30 per hour. Partial benefits.
1. Program/Position Identification
The Cooperative Agricultural Support Services (CASS) is a Joint Powers Authority that assists in protecting and supporting California’s agricultural industry and the consumers of its projects by providing services and staff who fairly, impartially, and dependably carry out their work.
Under the general direction of Citrus Research Board Bio-control Program Supervisor/Entomologists, or federal, state, county, or CASS staff, the Biological Technician Is responsible for participating in activities which pertain to the biological control of the Asian citrus psyllid and/or glassy-winged sharpshooter.
B.S. Biology or related degree
II. ESSENTIAL AND NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
A. Essential Functions:
Under the general supervision of a Bio-control program supervisor/Entomologist, as well as operating within established guidelines and procedures, the incumbent in this position performs biological studies as outlined by the supervisor, on growing plants and rearing of insects for biological control evaluations and other studies including but not limited to insectbehavior,longevity, fecundity, nutrition needs and tolerance of environmental conditions. Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the following:
1. Biological Studies 70%
Collects, analyzes, and records data from these studies through microscopic examinations, dissections and measurements.
Inputs data into the computer and produces summary statistics on the raw data and cross references facts, dates, and other data
Prepares summary statistics in the form of graphs and tables.
Performs laboratory, insectary and field studies of insect population dynamics and ecology, including studies of rates of parasitism, insect mating, dispersal, and impact..
Assists Entomologists in organizing and conducting experiments and work on mass-rearing program and release program to refine rearing and release procedures.
2. Field Studies 30%
Assists Entomologist in implementing field sampling program
Set up field cages, monitor insect populations in cages and nearby vegetation, releases bio-control agents into cages.
Safely operate a motor vehicle to travel to and from field sites.
III. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Duties for the job are primarily performed in laboratories and greenhouses. When working in greenhouses and at field sites, the employee may be exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity.Terrain may vary from smooth and stable to irregular and unstable. The incumbent may be exposed to dust, pollen,, moisture and pesticide chemicals. Driving a vehicle, as well as, entering and exiting a vehicle.
IV. Individual requirements
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.
V. Physical Requirements
The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to lift up to twenty pounds on a frequent basis; stand for long periods of time, use repetitive arm and wrist motions, bend, stoop, twist; and maintain visual acuity.