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Pest Detection Specialist - Survey

Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/10
Posting End Date: 2024/06/30
Category: Agriculture
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Temporary
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 16.20
Maximum Salary: 16.20
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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"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 temporary  Invasive Species Technicians - Survey in the Plant Industries division located in Boise.

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This non-classified position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission. 

This position is approximately 40-hours a week, may work weekends and some holidays, and is expected to begin around May 20, 2024, and will end around Oct 12th.

This position does not have benefits.

Example of Duties

Invasive Species Technicians (Survey and Hydrilla) Primary Responsibilities:

This Invasive Species Technician will conduct surveys for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) using established sampling protocols. These positions primarily conduct field sampling and evaluations for invasive species and noxious weeds. Duties include collecting plankton samples for early detection of invasive dreissenid mussels; surveying waterways for aquatic noxious weeds (Eurasian watermilfoil, flowering rush); evaluating in-water herbicide applications (herbicide residuals, dissolved oxygen, treatment efficacy); participating in maintaining equipment (hotwash units); and other duties as assigned. Some survey work is conducted out of non-motorized and motorized boats which will require employees to operate boats and tow and back up boat trailers. Individuals must be self-motivated, good working with the public, able to work independently with limited supervision, and enthusiastic about physical, outdoor fieldwork.

Minimum Qualifications: 

The successful applicant must be able to fulfill the following duties:

- Good communication skills

- Ability to pay attention to detail while following established biological sampling protocols

- Work in various types of weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, etc.)

- Work in and around water, mud, and shorelines doing strenuous manual labor with or without a reasonable accommodation

- Ability to lift 50 lbs. with or without a reasonable accommodation
- Possibility of working evenings, weekends, or long hours including occasional overnight stays
- State vehicle usage

- Valid driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

- Experience using GPS for navigation and biological sampling

- Aquatic biology, ecology or field inspection experience

- Pressure washer experience

- Experience with motorboat operation and safety

- Plant identification experience 


Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!

If you have questions,

please contact us at:

[email protected] or at (208) 332-8520


EEO/ADA/Veteran's Preference

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements or for the recruiting process, please contact ISDA's HR Department at [email protected] or at (208) 332-8520.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.


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