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Job Description and Duties

This position is located at the Tulelake Border Protection Station.

These are Permanent-Intermittent positions with a maximum of 1,500 hours of work per
calendar year.

Under the general supervision of the Station Manager or Shift Supervisor, or the direction of
the Lead Plant Quarantine Inspector, the Agricultural Technician (Ag Tech) III independently
performs the most difficult and varied regulatory inspections on vehicles and commodities to
prevent the introduction of unwanted pests into California. The Ag Tech III acts as the
program expert directing proper inspection of vehicles for compliance with agricultural
commodity quarantine laws and regulations and the determination of admissibility of
agricultural commodities.

Wage Rate: $17.64 – $20.05 per Hour

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Inspect vehicles (i.e., automobiles, watercraft, self-moving, etc.) to determine if plant
    material (i.e., fruits, vegetables, plants, etc.) is present and to check the admissibility of plant
    material based on quarantine compliance and freedom from pests. This requires verbal
    communication and physical activities such as opening and removing containers, climbing,
    stooping, and bending around and within vehicles.
  • Read and interpret shipping manifests and quarantine certificates in order to determine the
    contents and admissibility of commercial shipments.
  • Use printed and electronic reference materials relating to the release or rejection of
    shipments in order to determine the admissibility of private shipments of plant material.
  • Complete on-the-job training (including manuals, computer programs, and videos)
    designed to assist inspectors in order to learn and keep abreast of changes in regulations,
    and vehicle inspection procedures.
  • Sample and inspect rejected or regulated commodities for pest infestation by collecting and
    carrying of samples and using a knives, fruit crushers, hand lenses, and microscopes to
    examine commodities.
  • Compare collected specimens with samples or printed or electronic reference materials in
    order to make a preliminary identification of common pests.
  • Preserve and ship suspect pest specimens using the prescribed methods to laboratory for
  • Dispose of rejected commodities by grinding, burning, or placement in dumpster.
    Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience: Completion of five consecutive seasons of California state service in the Agricultural Aide/Technician (Seasonal) series and an appointment as an Agricultural Technician II (Permanent Intermittent) or as an Agricultural Technician III (Seasonal).
  • Physical strength and agility necessary to fulfill the requirements of the assigned work.
  • Where driving is a requirement of the position: possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class and a safe driving record as documented by the Department of Motor Vehicles within 60 days prior to appointment. (A safe driving record is one free from convictions in the past two years for repeated moving violations or a single serious violation such as drunk driving or reckless driving.) Applicants who do not possess this license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment.

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

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-306593
1220 N Street, Room 242
SacramentoCA 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-306593
1220 N Street, Room 242
SacramentoCA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-306593
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.

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.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Cynthia Velazquez
(916) 591-7289

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.

The State of California is an EOE.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 60
Education Required: None
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 17.64
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 20.05