"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through promotion, education and regulation."
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Technician 3 in the Plant Industries Division in Post Falls.
To serve as regional/department expert for multimedia sampling, maintenance, operation and calibration of scientific monitoring equipment for multiple media programs and projects; evaluate permits for monitoring requirements; perform data research and analysis; perform related work.
Example of Duties
This position plans, organizes, and coordinates technical activities for multiple aquatic noxious weeds and invasive species projects and programs; estimates equipment, materials, and manpower; establishes schedules and priorities and evaluates equipment and materials for adequacy, availability, and serviceability.
Assist in treatment efforts for Eurasian watermilfoil and other aquatic invasive weeds
Data entry for veliger, invasive species, and noxious weeds projects
Assist in coordinating activities with the seasonal employees for survey and eradication efforts
Aquatic invasive species plant and animal field surveys (plankton tow, rake-toss, sediment grab, etc.)
Shipment of specimens and water samples for chemical, taxonomic, or genetic analysis
Equipment maintenance, repair, storage, and winterization
Support the Agriculture Program Specialist to troubleshoot, oversee, and train watercraft inspection stations
Inspection and decontamination of fouled watercraft
Education and outreach for public and user groups
Contact and communicate with training groups and subcontractors
Research and place orders for supplies and equipment
Investigations of reports of potentially invasive weeds, grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, crayfishes, turtles, etc.
Other duties as assigned
A cell phone with an Idaho area code, furnished by the employee, is required for this position and is eligible for reimbursement under the Cell Phone Reimbursement policy
Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.
Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check. Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.
These qualifications are mandatory requirements.
Good knowledge of scientific methods
Experience performing basic sampling, monitoring or research activities
Experience compiling and collecting data and preparing reports
Specialty Areas: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.
With or without reasonable accommodation, the ability to stand, swim and work in very cold water for eight or more hours per shift, lift and move material weighing up to 60 pounds, climb on and off transport trucks, and work in all types of weather conditions
Desirable Areas: These qualifications are not required; however, if you have a related background it may increase your score.
Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations/laws related to motorized recreational boating use
Experience applying GIS/GPS data collection in environmental or natural resource planning and analysis