PESTICIDE INVESTIGATOR
Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Cherokee County, IA

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The territory for this position is northwest Iowa including Cherokee County. Investigates incidents of alleged pesticide misuse including proper collection, preparation and maintenance of investigative evidence in accordance with current SOP’s and quality assurance plan. Prepares a comprehensive and complete investigation report for each investigation in a timely manner.

Conducts inspections at pesticide retailers and distributors to monitor compliance with state and federal pesticide registration laws and regulations. Prepares an inspection report. Violations to be properly and completely documented. Official Notices or Stop Sale Orders properly executed and documented.

Conducts inspections at pesticide applicator businesses to monitor compliance with state and federal pesticide laws and regulations including applicator records, sales of Restricted Use Pesticides, FIFRA 25(b) Section 24(c) and Section 18 registrations, as well as applicator certification and licensing. Prepares a written inspection report. Violations to be properly and completely documented. Field actions for violations noted.

Conducts inspections at pesticide producing establishments to monitor compliance with federal pesticide laws and regulations. Collects samples and prepares a comprehensive inspection narrative report according to federal guidelines. Violations to be properly and completely documented.

Administers written examinations for pesticide applicator certification. Monitors pesticide certification continuing instruction meetings to assure providers are following approved agendas and prepares a report summarizing the training. Occasionally makes presentations to groups at continuing instruction training sessions covering pesticide laws and regulations.

Conducts other pesticide inspections and investigations as assigned including EPA experimental use investigations, EPA import/export inspections, worker protection inspections, child resistant packaging inspections, EPA container/containment inspections and prepares appropriate written reports.

Conducts use investigations to monitor commercial applicator compliance with label use directions and compliance with licensing/certification requirements. Conducts Pollinator Environmental Incident Investigations and prepares comprehensive report in a timely manner. Conducts inspections of private pesticide applicator records according to USDA protocol. Assists office staff with processing license and certification applications and renewals as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, or other agricultural sciences that deal with the care of agricultural plants and animals. Must be able to successfully complete the requirements for certification as a pesticide applicator within six months of employment and must obtain EPA credentials within 12 months of employment .

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Additional Qualifications
In addition to applying through the Department of Administrative Services, please submit a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email to gloria.stinson@iowaagriculture.gov