Agricultural Program Assistant - Extra-Help

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Science
Posted on December 24, 2021
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Position Information

The Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures seeks multiple Agricultural Program Assistants - Extra-Help.

Agricultural Program Assistants are an integral part of the Department of Agricultural/Weights & Measures Pest Detection Trapping Program. These positions work 40 hours per week through the completion of the detection-trapping season, which is typically through mid-September but can be extended to the end of October. Agricultural Program Assistants may also work on other special projects throughout the year.

As an Agricultural Program Assistant, you will focus on:

Trapping Glassy-winged Sharpshooters, European Grapevine Moths, exotic fruit flies, and other pests

  • Placing and servicing insect traps, inspecting plant shipments and traps, and conducting related tasks in the field
  • Providing in-office support through the compilation of raw data, calculation of data values using acceptable industry standards, and the production of written reports

Ideal candidates for these positions will have:

Completed coursework in natural sciences, statistics, and/or related subjects

  • Assisted on one or more agricultural projects (class-based, volunteer, paid) related to entomology or other biological sciences
  • Some experience working with spreadsheets and databases using Excel, GIS, or other database software

Please note: Possession of a valid driver's license is required per the Minimum Qualifications.

Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measures

The Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures is mandated to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, and public welfare through the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws and regulations. One of the department's primary responsibilities is the prevention of the establishment of exotic pests that are harmful to our agriculture and the environment. Additional responsibilities include environmental protection and worker health and safety, which are accomplished through enforcing pesticide laws and regulations and agricultural hazardous materials programs.
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of course work or training including on-the-job training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, course work or training in the natural sciences, statistics and related subjects would provide such an opportunity.

Experience: Any combination of paid or volunteer work experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and ability stated herein. Normally, college internships, special agricultural projects and related tasks would provide such an opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: the methods of planting, growing, treating and harvesting agricultural crops; methods of controlling noxious weeds; the use of pesticides and other chemicals; a variety of audio-visual aides; possible computer applications to agricultural projects.

Ability to: learn to operate and maintain equipment and vehicles associated with cultivation of test plots, weed eradication and related tasks; operate vehicles and equipment in a manner determined to be safe by department policy and rules of regulatory agencies; communicate orally or in writing; develop effective working relationships between peers, supervisors, elected officials, community representatives, members of the public, and others who have an interest in Sonoma County agriculture; learn to perform basic research associated with agricultural projects; and learn to operate a computer and use common software.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.