THIS IS A TEMPORARY POSITION. RATE OF PAY IS $12.00 PER HOUR
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 products by providing services and staff who fairly, impartially, and dependably carry out their work.
Under the close direction of federal, state, county, Citrus Research Board, or CASS staff, Plant Pest Agricultural Aides participate in carrying out exotic pest (insect or plant) trapping, surveillance, and regulatory activities in support of programs engaged in pest exclusion, pest detection, trapping and eradication. Some Agricultural Aides, under the general direction of a designated manager, will perform a variety of tasks related to the entry of data into the computer and web-based data bases, and other general office duties, in support of a designated project.
The incumbent in this position provides program support by performing a variety plant pest field work while conforming to federal, state, county, Citrus Research Board, and CASS policies in carrying out work activities.
ESSENTIAL AND NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
A. Essential Functions:
Under the close supervision of a designated lead person or supervisor, as well as operating within established guidelines and procedures, incumbent in this position works in a variety of field settings with close oversight. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Regulatory and Data Entry Activities – 70%
Enforce quarantine regulations at retail and production nurseries, certified farmers markets, swap meets, nurseries, growers, landscapers, and other affected establishments
Visit industry client sites, to issue hold notices, sign and monitor compliance agreements.
Monitor harvest and packing activities inside quarantine areas.
Monitor pesticide treatments at the production nurseries.
Sign compliance agreement with the establishments that carry host material.
Conduct inventory of plants as needed.
Monitor Field cleaning machines in quarantine area to ensure compliance with appropriate protocol.
Provide and help nurseries tag host material as required.
Safely operate and maintain a motor vehicle to travel to designated work areas.
Keep record daily activities performed.
Enter project data into the computer and web-based data bases.
Receive, handle ,and direct calls to appropriate individuals and respond to requests for information.
Receivs and distribute incoming mail and prepare outgoing packages for receipt by the post office, FEDEX, or other carrier.
Prepare a variety of documents and correspondence.
Document Work Completed – 20%
Keep daily reports of work completed, properties treated, nurseries, retailers, growers, shippers, haulers visited, and other information as needed.
Interact with the Public – 5% (percentage greater for regulatory activities)
Initiate contact with a property owner or representative
Briefly answer questions about the regulatory activities and/or refer the questioner to the appropriate agency for information.
Interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner.
B. Nonessential Functions
Vehicle and Tool Maintenance – 5%
Assist with the transport of vehicles to service or storage facilities. Perform daily vehicle safety and fluid level checks. Clean vehicle interior and truck bed of debris.
Clean, repair and store all equipment daily. Notify team lead or supervisor when equipment is in need of repair or replacement.
III. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Duties for the job are primarily performed outside of buildings. Weather, temperature, lighting and noise levels may constantly vary. Terrain may vary from smooth and stable to irregular and unstable. The incumbent may be regularly exposed to dust, pollen, moisture and pesticide chemicals associated with insect lures and treatment activities. Driving a vehicle, as well as entering and exiting the vehicle numerous times throughout the workday, is generally required. The data entry duties of the job are performed almost exclusively indoors. The office is equipped with standard office equipment, which includes
The incumbent in this position must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships; maintain a valid California driver license and good driving record; work well under pressure; and, work cooperatively with other staff members in completing assigned work and meeting required deadlines. Incumbent is required to be available for occasional travel; and be available for overtime as necessary. Excellent and profesional grammar and spelling skills are required. A minimum of 1 year experience in an office environment is required. Experience in using Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access), and Microsoft Outlook.
V. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to lift up to 20 pounds on a frequent basis; use repetitive arm and wrist motions; bend, stoop, twist, reach; and, maintain visual acuity.