Investigator IV (Columbia, SC)
Clemson University - Clemson, SC

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Full/Part Time : Full-Time
Regular/Temporary : Temporary - Time Limited

POSITION DESCRIPTION :
1. JOB PURPOSE

This position fulfills Clemson University's oldest public-service mandates: the assurance of quality, purity, and proper use of the production materials that sustain South Carolina agriculture. The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day investigation and inspection activities related to the enforcement of State, Federal, and International quarantines and the permitting process governing the shipment of plant materials into and out of South Carolina. The Regulatory Specialist position also implements regulations governing more contemporary issues such as transgenic plants and the detections and control of exotic and invasive pests. The unique skills, knowledge, and abilities developed by employees in this position also make the specialist an important component of the University's Homeland Security activities related to the security of the equipment and materials necessary for their production and use, and the early detection of plant pathogens or pests that could cause substantial economic damage to SC and the United States in the event of a terrorist attack on agriculture or related industrial sectors.

The plant pest regulatory specialist must have comprehensive knowledge and broad expertise in plant agriculture as well as knowledge of investigative and regulatory procedures. He or she is an agent of the SC Crop Pest Commission, a subdivision of the Clemson University Board of Trustees. This position serves an assigned territory of several counties but will also work as necessary or assigned in locations throughout the state.

2. JOB FUNCTIONS

REVIEW BUSINESS RECORDS
Inspect and review business records and physical facilities of farms, nurseries, and other industrial and production locations for compliance with State and Federal regulations. Conduct interviews, obtain affidavits, review records physical and documentary evidence E/20%

SURVEYS
Conduct surveys and inspections to detect plant pests and pathogens and to support on-going plant protection, quarantine and eradication efforts (e.g. Phony Peach Disease, Plum Pox Virus, Sudden Oak Death Syndome, Emerald Ash Borer, Boll Weevil). Monitor traps and obtain samples of plant materials from nurseries, orchards, farms and other production or distribution sites. E/25%

NURSERY INSPECTIONS
Conduct nursery and greenhouse inspections necessary for issuing import permits, export certificates, or compliance agreements. E/10%

FERTILIZER SAMPLES
Inspect and procure samples of fertilizers, liming materials and pesticide products from retail outlets E/10%

SC CROP PROTECTION ACT
Conduct inspections interviews, and surveillance to determine compliance with the South Carolina Crop Protection Act and other related legislation. E/5%

OTHER
Other related duties as instructed. May be assigned special projects and take advantage of their unique skills and interests, and are occasionally called on to assist other units within the Division of Regulatory Services with their programs E/5%

NARRATIVE REPORTS
Write comprehensive narrative reports detailing the findings of each inspection or investigation. Reports must be grammatically correct, factually accurate, and draw conclusions legally supportable from the evidence developed or obtained during inspections or investigation. E/5%

AG-TERRORISM PREVENTION
Implement Homeland Security agricultural-terrorism prevention initiatives with respect to pesticides, fertilizers, plant and animal diseases, and seeds E/5%

INSPECTIONS
Conduct surveys and inspections to detect invasive species and introduced pests and pathogens. Inspections may include obtaining samples from nurseries, beehives, ponds, forests, farms and similar sites E/5%

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Participate in educational and public-outreach activities for the Department of Plant Industry and in cooperation with other elements of Clemson University and, where appropriate and requested, other state agencies. These activities may include such things as home shows, mass-media appearances, classroom presentations, or other educational efforts. E/10%

QUALIFICATIONS :
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
A high school diploma and experience conducting investigations or performing other law enforcement duties. A bachelor's degree may be substituted for the required work experience.

REQUIRED LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS:
Must hold a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.

PREFERRED IN ADDITION TO THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT:
Eight years related experience or a Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural or other biological science and 4 years related experience. Master of Science degree in entomology, plant pathology or related field.

PAY & WORK SCHEDULE :
Standard Hrs: 37.5; Pay: $ 40,384

BENEFITS INFORMATION :
Employees who are in time limited positions will earn one and one-quarter days of Annual and Sick Leave per month for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Eligible part-timers will earn days on a pro rata basis.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES :
Ability to drive a car or light truck safely.

Verbal and written fluency in technical, scientific, and vernacular English. Ability to effectively interact with a broad range of individuals of varying cultural and educational backgrounds in the regulatory context. Ability to work independently while maintaining a professional demeanor and consistently exercising good judgment in stressful situations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other state agencies, the regulated community, general public, and local mass media. Must be able to manage a large number of complex and sensitive issues simultaneously.

Ability to traverse moderate distances while moving equipment or samples not weighing more than 40 pounds across agricultural fields, forests, and similar undeveloped areas. Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather

APPLICATION DEADLINE :
August 13, 2014

JOB LOCATION :
This position is located OFF CAMPUS in Columbia, SC

JEANNE CLERY ACT :
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas. As a current or prospective Clemson University employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution. For more information regarding our Employment, Campus Safety and Benefits, please visit the Human Resources - Prospective Employees web page shown below:

http://www.clemson.edu/cao/humanresources/prospective/

CLOSING STATEMENT :
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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