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Agricultural Technician II (seasonal)

State of California
North Sacramento, California, US
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Temporary / Seasonal
Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under general supervision of the Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor in Plant Pathology, the Agricultural Technician II as a program specialist performs a wide variety of nonprofessional laboratory and greenhouse tasks independently of a more difficult, varied, and responsible nature in the processing of plant pest specimens, data collection, entry and maintenance of various lab databases in a laboratory and greenhouse setting. The duties include, but are not limited to:

* Process and prepare plant samples for laboratory analysis: prepare chemical solutions; collect and macerate plant tissue; prepare, load, and process ELISA plates; extract DNA; provide general molecular lab assistance; prepare sterile culture media; culture microorganisms using sterile techniques; plant seed and maintain seedlings/plants under laboratory growth chamber and greenhouse conditions.
* Heat-sterilize utensils, liquids, and sample/laboratory waste using a high-pressure autoclave. Wash laboratory utensils and equipment. Clean laboratory work areas, greenhouse benches, and growth chambers. Calibrate laboratory equipment.
* Enter, edit, retrieve, and maintain laboratory testing data using data management software.
* Copy and organize taxonomic literature files. Catalog and file reprints, scientific journals, and books in the library. Conduct literature searches to gather needed information via library, internet, and other appropriate sources. Maintain inventories of laboratory supplies and equipment. Answer and direct telephone calls, refer technical and scientific questions to appropriate scientist or laboratory.
* Entry of data from the Pest and Damage Record (PDR) forms into the official PDR Database. Data entered may include initial entry data, or only final determination data, or a combination, depending on the program. Incumbent will be trained thoroughly in the intricacies of the data entry.
* Aid, when needed with answering and directing telephone calls, refer technical and scientific questions to appropriate scientist or laboratory.
* Aid with processing incoming/outgoing mail and interoffice messenger mail to ensure timely and accurate distribution of all plant/insect samples to the appropriate Laboratory for testing.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Work is accomplished mainly in 3-4 laboratories within the Plant Pathology Section. Incumbents are required to wear disposable gloves up to eight (8) hours per day when handling plant tissue samples. The labs are equipped with standard processing facilities and specialized equipment. Safety features include emergency showers, eyewashes, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits in every room. The laboratory also houses a multi-room DNA laboratory, an electron microscopy suite (SEM and TEM), a macrophotography station, and a literature reference library. The Plant Pest Diagnostic Center (PPDC) houses four other scientific laboratories (Botany, Nematology, Entomology, and Seed Botany).

The Plant Pest Diagnostic Center is located near public light rail transportation and offers free parking.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.


Additional Documents

* Job Application Package Checklist
* Duty Statement

Position Details

Job Code #:


Position #(s):


Working Title:

Agricultural Technician II (Seasonal)



$17.93 - $21.39

# of Positions:


Work Location:

Sacramento County


In Office

Job Type:

Non-Tenured, Intermittent

Department Information

The Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch (PPDB) serves as a scientific resource, providing accurate and timely plant pest diagnostics and professional expertise to CDFA and our clientele. PPDB delivers cutting-edge research on the identification and characterization of plant pests for California's agricultural and natural ecosystems. For more information:

Special Requirements

Applicants are required to complete a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) in addition to completing a standard state application (Examination/Employment Application STD 678). The SOQ is required to elicit information regarding each candidates' interest and experience in relation to this position. The completed SOQ must address the questions below, should not be more than one page, using Arial, 12point font size. Applications with SOQs that do not address the questions below will not be considered. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as responses to the SOQ.

1. Why are you interested in the Ag Tech position?

2. What makes you a competitive candidate for this position?

3. Please describe your laboratory experience in the biological sciences. This may include paid and unpaid work along with any relevant coursework.

* College transcripts (official or non-official) must be included with an application if interested candidate wishes to meet the position experience requirement with education.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 6/7/2024

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Food & Agriculture

Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-431989

1220 N Street, Room 242

Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Food & Agriculture

Human Resources Branch JC-431989

1220 N Street, Room 242

Sacramento, CA 95814

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-431989

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

* Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
* Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
* School Transcripts
* Statement of Qualifications -

A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your State Application to be considered. The SOQ must follow the specifics as stated in the "Special Requirements" section.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

* Ability to work on repetitive tasks daily with a high level of accuracy.
* Proficient with a personal computer, and Microsoft products and QuickBooks.
* Ability to work and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced team environment.
* Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:

Kari Sedra

(916) 738-6667

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:

Office of Civil Rights

(916) 654-1005

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Hard Copy Applications:

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 10/2023 version.

Additional Information:

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

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