Bargaining Unit: Local 1 - Agricultural & Animal Control
The Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture is recruiting
to fill multiple Pest Detection Specialist Positions.
Why join the Contra Costa Department of Agriculture, Weights &
Contra Costa County is one of the largest employers in the area,
offering multiple career opportunities in public service. The
Agriculture/Weights & Measures Department has a staff of 44
employees County-wide and provides a wide range of services for the
public and industry. Our goal is to promote and protect
agriculture, the environment, and the people of Contra Costa
County. We are responsible for operating many statewide programs
through a combination of education, outreach and enforcement. The
Weights and Measures side of Agriculture protects buyers and
sellers by promoting fair packaging and by checking commercial
weighting, measuring and timing devices for accuracy. The main
office is located in Concord, CA and the branch office is in
The primary function of the Pest Detection Specialist is to
deploy and service insect traps designed to detect the presence of
specific non-endemic insect pests that pose a serious risk to
Ideal candidates should:
- Be able to identify common landscape plants and fruit
- Be able to work outdoors in all types of weather
- Be able to operate a county vehicle and have a good driving
- Be able to draw basic maps of insect trap placements
- Be able to interact professionally with the public
- Be able to work independently without supervision
- Be able to maintain detailed records
- Be willing to work with small amounts of insecticides
The Pest Detection Specialist Position is a seasonal position,
typically lasting from April through November, and is dependent on
state contract funds.
License Required: Possession of a valid California motor vehicle
operator's license. Valid out of state motor vehicle operator's
license will be accepted during the application process.
Education: Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D.
equivalency or a high school proficiency certificate.
After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be
fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California
Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any)
will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction
conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job
for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict
exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation
that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state
regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a
conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job
with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer,
the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a
DISASTER SERVICE WORKER
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster
Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the
County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.
Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service
Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as
ordered in the event of an emergency.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all
applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual
orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital
status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military
or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.