AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGIST AIDE
COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
Under supervision, perform a variety of non-professional tasks in the field in support of agricultural, weights and measures, and/or vector control activities; and perform other work as required.
Positions in this class assist agricultural/weights and measures inspectors and/or vector control specialists by performing a variety of routine and repetitive tasks which do not require the skill and knowledge of inspectors or specialists.
Drive to specific locations to place and service pest detection traps; draw accurate maps of property and trap locations; inspect plant foliage and nursery stock for specific pest or disease in accordance with specific guidelines; collect crop samples from fields or orchards, make blossom or other counts in accordance with specific instructions; package specimens and samples for shipment to labs; assist in the inspection of weighing and measuring devices, carry weights and take readings; assist inspecting and testing packaged goods for proper weight, measure or count and/or proper labeling; make test purchases of consumer goods; maintain accurate field notes and reports; make arithmetic calculations. For vector control, use a microscope to identify and sort mosquitoes using a taxonomic key; assist with trail clearing; under supervision assist with mosquito control using mosquitocides.
Some knowledge of:
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified.
Special Requirements, Conditions:
License Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license.
Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable temperatures and weather conditions which include exposure to sun; allergens such as poison oak, pollen and bee stings; odors caused by alcohol or lures that may contain dilute pesticides; occasional contact with “Caution” level insecticides.
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 05
Occupational Grouping: 73
Workers' Comp Code: 0285