Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1, 2 or 3

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Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1, 2 or 3

@ Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

  • To perform inspections and investigations relative to laws governing entomology, horticulture, agronomy, pesticide, structural pest control, seed, fertilizer, and quarantine programs.

OR

  • To assess the environmental impact of agricultural operations on soil, water, air, and other related natural resources and develop and direct management plans designed to protect these resources.


This position performs complex and advanced level duties for Office of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences within the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry and entails responsibility and professional agricultural inspection and enforcement work in a variety of technically specialized and professional regulatory programs, including but not limited to:

  • Pesticide
  • Horticulture and quarantine 
  • Seed 
  • Industrial hemp 
  • Agricultural chemistry programs  
  • Structural pest control.
  • This position requires the ability to work more independently which differentiates it from the Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1 and 2 positions and requires the ability to handle complex investigations.
  • This position may assist a supervisor and/or manager in administrative functions and has lead-worker responsibilities over Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1 and 2 positions in the assigned AES District.
  • This position serves as a mentor to Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1 and 2 positions and is highly involved in every aspect of training those positions.  
  • General supervision for this position is received from the Agricultural Environmental Specialist Manager or Agricultural Environmental Specialist Supervisor.

 

75% - Field Work/Inspections

  • With a high level of independence and technical skills based on years of experience and training, performs more complex and difficult inspections or investigations related to the Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences services that may be initiated from routine reports, knowledge of local activities, or from tips, complaints or referrals.
  • Evaluates and compiles data and other facts related to inspections within the above described functional areas into comprehensive technical reports through the use of established regulatory criteria, policies, and procedures. The goal is to prepare reports that can be defended in administrative proceedings or beyond when applicable.  This data may also be formally presented by the incumbent in meetings or conferences with program managers, including unclassified directors, assistant directors, and the assistant commissioner, and for training seminars conducted for less experienced inspectors.
  • Ensures consumer products meet applicable quality standards through routine sampling in all of the functional areas such as: disease/insect/weed free; quality seed germination; industrial hemp THC concentration; product label guarantees; quality plant installation and maintenance; pesticide treatments that provide protection of human health, homes and crops; quality feed for livestock and pets; quality agricultural lime; assists in preventing introduction of noxious weeds, insects and diseases; etc.
  • Issues stop orders on applicable goods, products or activities not registered or substandard.
  • Conducts field inspections on various crops, samples seed in bulk and containers, records inspection and seed processor facility inspections for seed certification.  Has advanced knowledge of various crops and varieties related to the Seed Certification Program.
  • Conducts inspections and/or investigations related to pesticide producers, distributors, dealers or aerial or ground pesticide applicators ensuring they are complying with licensing/certification, record keeping, and use laws, rules and regulations.
  • Through experience gained related to pesticide off-target drift and knowledge of potential damage effects caused by specific pesticides via visual inspection and sampling, independently investigates pesticide damage complaints by observing aerial views and interviewing persons as to improper operations of pesticide applications.
  • Inspects structures treated and pretreated by local pest companies to ensure termite treatment meets minimum standards set by pest control laws. Has advanced experience in the structural pest control program to understand the rules and regulations related to minimum standards and be able to discuss with pest control operators.
  • Conducts complex inspections and/or investigations related to horticulture, quarantine and/or nursery work.
  • Collects routine official regulatory samples of seed, industrial hemp, fertilizer and agricultural lime from manufacturers, dealers, and farmers, as well as investigative samples due to complaints or as follow up to a previous sample collection.
  • Uses various electronic devices that assist in inspection/investigation documentation and keeps current with available technology by participating in training provided or by independent study.   May serve on new technology pilot program to obtain and present feedback to management on the implementation of new technology for field inspections and investigations.

 

25% Administrative

  • Serves as lead-worker over Agricultural Environmental Specialists 1 and 2 and trains persons in these positions utilizing technical knowledge of regulatory programs and investigative techniques.
  • May assist the supervisor and/or manager in handling administrative functions for this unit, including but not limited to gathering EPA numbers from work reports, reviewing and compiling inspection reports.   Independently and accurately responds to inquiries from regulated industries and the public.
  • Incumbent is required to operate and maintain a state vehicle in performance of duties and may be required to make inspections of rice fields on horseback.  Statewide travel may be required.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

 

Functional Requirements:

  • Moderate light lifting, 30 pounds with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds
  • Reaching above shoulders
  • Climbing stairs and occasionally ladders
  • Sit over a long period of time at work station or in a vehicle for travel
  • Drive a vehicle to perform inspections and investigations
  • Requires considerable walking over irregular ground and standing for long periods of time
  • Lifting items such as tools, computer, scanner, luggage or other items used to travel and perform duties/attend class throughout the state

 

Environmental Factors:

  • Occasional excessive heat and humidity
  • May be required to wear appropriate safety protection
  • Working indoors and outdoors
  • Working around routine neighborhood residential hazards
  • Occasionally working in moderately cold temperatures for short periods of time
  • Exposed to grain dust, bad odors from farm animals, chemicals, fertilizers and other agricultural materials


Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A baccalaureate degree with at least twenty-four semester hours in agriculture, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, entomology, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, zoology, forestry, or any combination of credit in these courses to equal twenty-four semester hours.

 

SUBSTITUTION:

  • Experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with agricultural laws, rules or regulations will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.
  • Experience in planning or implementing soil, water or wetland conservation practices in agricultural or wetland environments will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.


Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy.


How to Apply:

Apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/louisiana

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Location: Iberia and St. Mary Parish, LA
Date Posted: January 07, 2022
Application Deadline: February 07, 2022