About the program: Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) was found in the Hollywood area of South Carolina in late May 2020 after a homeowner reported a suspicious insect. ALB is a tree-killing beetle that is native to east Asia and is a regulated plant pest in the United States. Clemson University's Department of Plant Industry and the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have partnered to establish a cooperative eradication program. The goal of the South Carolina ALB Eradication Program is to eradicate ALB from the state of South Carolina, and we work toward this goal by destroying any beetles present (these are within the detected infested trees), eliminating opportunities for the beetle to spread (using a quarantine to restrict movement of any material that may harbor the insect), and reducing additional opportunities for population growth by removing high risk host trees in densely infested areas. We also work to proactively educate the public about ALB and maintain good relationships with stakeholders in the community.
About the position: ALB Program Technicians will perform ALB Program survey and field work. They will enforce regulations regarding the ALB quarantine, inspect work sites, monitor transport and disposal of regulated articles, and investigate incidents regarding potential violations of the quarantine. They will work in the field to identify and inspect ALB host trees for damage and evidence of activity. Technicians will conduct or participate in outreach activities and work to maintain good relationships with the public, the community, and industry stakeholders.
Education - High School Diploma or Equivalent and experience in investigations or law enforcement;
Work Exp - 6+ months (Bach. may be substituted for the required work experience);
Licenses - Drivers License Class D normal
Education - Bachelor's Degree or commensurate experience (Horticulture, Forestry or other Ag/Science).