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Pesticide Control Specialist Trainee 1, G-13

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Salary Information for Pesticide Control Specialist Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Pesticide Control Specialist Trainee 1 13 $46,529 $59,542
Pesticide Control Specialist Trainee 2 14 $49,202 $62,806
Pesticide Control Specialist 1 18 $61,270 $77,912
Pesticide Control Specialist 2 21 $71,496 $90,657
Pesticide Control Specialist 3 25 $88,161 $111,111

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

Job Description

Pesticide Control Specialists are responsible for the oversight, administration, and implementation of state and federal pesticide laws, rules, and regulations to ensure compliance in the distribution, storage, sale, application, and use of pesticides in the state. You would perform routine inspection of facilities and pesticide applications; investigate reported cases of pesticide misuse and pesticide-related incidents; collect samples, write reports, and provide testimony in support of investigations; administer certification exam sessions; monitor and evaluate pesticide applicator and recertification training programs to ensure they meet requirements of pesticide certification and recertification training standards; conduct certification and recertification training and examinations; review and issue Aquatic Pesticide Purchase Permits to pond owners and assist in the review of aquatic pesticide permit applications; and provide pesticide information, interpret regulations, and make presentations to the regulated community and other interested parties.

Trainees will receive a combination of structured training, on-the-job training, and/or practical job performance to gain knowledge and experience necessary to function at the full performance level.

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Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

A bachelor's degree or higher in agriculture, agronomy, agricultural science, animal science, aquatic biology, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, ecosystem management, engineering, engineering technology, entomology, environmental biology, environmental education, environmental health, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, forest biology, forest science, forestry, geochemistry, geology, horticulture, marine biology, marine science, microbiology, natural resources, natural science, physical science, plant pathology, urban forestry, wildlife biology or zoology.

Advanced Placement

If chosen, you may, at the agency's discretion, be appointed to a higher level. You must inform the agency of any additional qualifications at your interview.

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For Trainee 2 you must also have one year of experience as a private commercial pesticide applicator AND have a current Pesticide Applicator Certificate.

For the Full Performance Level you must also have two years of experience as a private commercial pesticide applicator AND have a current Pesticide Applicator Certificate.

How to Apply

The November 2022 PCO Examination is closed, applications are no longer being accepted