Job: Pest Detection Specialist (Extra-Help)

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Job Title:Pest Detection Specialist (Extra-Help)
Closing Date/Time:Wed. 08/23/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$21.21 - $26.51 Hourly
$1,696.80 - $2,120.80 Biweekly
$3,676.40 - $4,595.07 Monthly
Job Type:Extra Help
Location:San Mateo County, California
Pest Detection Specialists deploy a variety of insect traps throughout San Mateo County and conduct routine field inspections to detect exotic agricultural pests such as Medfly, Glassy-winged Sharpshooter and Japanese Beetle.  This position is available primarily throughout the trapping season, March 28, 2017 through October 31, 2017.  Staff in these positions work Tuesday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

San Mateo County is both an urban and rural county with a $137 million dollar agricultural industry. The county is one of the leading producers of greenhouse and field grown nursery crops, including cut flowers, in the state. Other major crops include artichokes, beans, Brussels sprouts, leeks, peas, and pumpkins. Pest Detection Specialists play a crucial role in keeping San Mateo County free of exotic insect pests. 

NOTE: This is an extra help position.  Extra-help positions offer temporary employment for 1040 hours which is equivalent to about six months, however, employment might end sooner depending on the needs of the hiring departments.  Extra-help positions are paid on an hourly rate basis and do not provide employee benefits.  Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra help assignment.
 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Contact property owners and obtain permission to set traps
  • Deploy insect traps and inspect for presence of pests
  • Make tentative identification of trapped pests and report findings
  • Prepare periodic reports on activities such as maintaining a daily log
  • Perform related duties as assigned


  • California driver license
  • Excellent public contact skills and the ability to learn quickly and work independently in the field, using good judgment and making appropriate decisions
  • Experience in agricultural pest detection or vector control and/or college coursework in the agricultural, horticultural or biological sciences preferred, but not required.

NOTE: Due to the volume of applications for these positions, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as this position may be filled anytime within the process. The Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures will screen materials as they are received and will directly contact qualified applicants for further consideration.

If you are interested in this position, please fax, email, or mail your résumé. Please include the words "Pest Detection Specialist –Seasonal Position" in the subject area of email submissions. All submitted materials should be in a Word or PDF format. Applications are not accepted online. 

San Mateo County
Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures
Attn: Gerardo Ibarra
728 Heller Street, P.O. Box 999
Redwood City, CA 94064-0999

Fax: (650) 365-3906

If you have questions, please contact Gerardo Ibarra at (650) 363-4215 or (650) 222-2219.

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