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Pesticide Control Specialist Trainee 1, G-13

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As a Pesticide Control Specialist Trainee, under close and continuing supervision, you would be responsible for enforcing state and federal pesticide laws and regulations, while participating in a two year on the job training program. As a Pesticide Control Specialist 1, you would be 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 by the regulated community. 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 the training programs meet requirements of pesticide certification and recertification training standards; conduct certification and recertification training and examinations; review and issue Aquatic Purchase Permits to pond owners; 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.

Minimum Qualifications

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

A bachelor's or higher in agricultural engineering, agriculture, agronomy, animal science, aquatic biology, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, entomology, environmental science, environmental studies, forest biology, forestry, geology, horticulture, marine biology, natural resources, plant pathology, or wildlife biology.

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Appointment Information

Most employees will be appointed to the Trainee 1 job title.

Appointments to this job title require a two-year traineeship that starts at the Trainee 1, G-13, and advances, after one year of acceptable performance, to Trainee 2, G-14. After one year of acceptable performance as a Trainee 2, employees advance to the Pesticide Control Specialist 1, G-18, job title described above. No further Civil Service examination is required for advancement from Trainee 1 to Trainee 2, or from Trainee 2 to the Pesticide Control Specialist 1 .

Advanced Placement Appointments - For most trainee titles, employees may be able to be appointed directly to the Trainee 2 level or to the full performance title if they meet certain qualifications. This is known as advanced placement and is at the discretion of the hiring agency. View the qualifications for advanced placement, at:

To Apply

You must have or expect to receive a bachelor's or higher degree by September 1, 2020.

The 2019 PCO will be open for application from January 18, 2019. To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 20, 2019, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2019, and take the PCO written test in April of 2019. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: