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AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST 1
TS308     $36,608 - $64,147
Creation Date: 06/29/1987
Change Date: 04/25/2016

FUNCTION OF WORK:
To perform inspections and investigations relative to laws governing entomology, horticulture, agronomy, pesticide, structural pest control, seed, fertilizer, and quarantine programs.

OR

To assess the environmental impact of agricultural operations on soil, water, air, and other related natural resources and develop and direct management plans designed to protect these resources.

LEVEL OF WORK:
Entry.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
General from an Agricultural Environmental Specialist of a higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
None.

LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or Office of Soil and Water Conservation.

JOB DISTINCTIONS:
Differs from Agricultural Environmental Specialist 2 by lack of responsibility for journeyman level work.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
EXAMPLES BELOW ARE A BRIEF SAMPLE OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. NOT ALL POSSIBLE TASKS ARE INCLUDED.

AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE DUTIES
Informs dealers, manufacturers, farmers, growers, or bookkeepers of laws, rules, and regulations concerning feed, seed, fertilizer, pesticides, beans, sweet potatoes, nurseries, etc.

Conducts field inspections for the purpose of certification of soy beans, wheat, rice, seed, etc. to ensure that the fields do not contain other varieties than specified and do not contain noxious weeds.

Collects certified seed samples from bags and bins of dealers, farmers, and growers for testing by the state seed analyst to ensure that they germinate according to specified percentages and do not contain noxious weed seeds.

Informs growers of field inspection results.

Assists in the inspection of nurseries (wholesale) in order to detect the presence of fire ants as well as apply approved insecticides to nursery property to eradicate fire ants by operating a jeep, tractor, or seeder.

Assists in inspecting wholesale and retail nurseries and greenhouses in order to identify seeds or pest-infected plants.

Performs grade inspections and inspects sweet potatoes by load, cannery, or shipping plant to ensure that they are weevil free.

Inspects Irish potatoes shipped to Louisiana to ensure that they are disease free.

Inspects sweet potato fields and seed bins to ensure that they are weevil free and properly cleaned.

Spot-checks supermarkets to verify that sweet potatoes have inspection tags.

Makes corrective recommendations to growers who deal with plants that are diseased or weevils that are found in potatoes.

Collects representative samples of pesticides and transmits to lab to ensure product content as per label.

Spot-checks pesticides with farmers and dealers to ensure that they are labeled and registered.

Checks wholesale and retail florists, nursery stock, flower dealers, arborists, horticulturists, landscape architects, and contractors for proper licenses.

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DUTIES
Assists in conducting assessments and investigations of agricultural producers to determine existing conditions and impact on soil, water, air, and other natural resources.

Develops conservation plans for wetlands, farmland, grazing land, forest land, and urban areas to assist land users with voluntary natural resource conservation efforts.

Plans and assists private landowners in implementing and applying Best Management Practices (BMPs) to comply with state and federal rules and regulations.

Works with producers to establish BMPs required under the Agricultural Solid Waste Management Program to achieve environmental compliance.

Provides assistance to statewide Soil and Water Conservation District Boards of Supervisors in planning, developing, and managing various natural resource conservation plans for improved soil, water, and air quality and improved wildlife habitat in both agricultural and urban environments.

Assists Soil and Water Conservation Districts in assessing natural resource conditions and in planning and implementing programs to resolve identified resource management problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree with at least twenty-four semester hours in agriculture, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, entomology, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, zoology, or any combination of credit in these courses to equal twenty-four semester hours.
 
SUBSTITUTION:
Experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with agricultural laws, rules or regulations will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.
 
Experience in planning or implementing soil, water or wetland conservation practices in agricultural or wetland environments will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.
 
NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the
Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.