Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1/2/3

State of Louisiana - New Orleans, LA

Full-time | Commission
Supplemental Information
This position #51857 is located in the Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Pesticide Division, New Orleans, Louisiana in Jefferson Parish.

This position may be filled by probational appointment or promotion of a classified Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry employee serving with permanent status. Applicants who are not permanent employees of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will be required to serve a probationary period.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy. If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered unless you meet the following exemption:

A veteran of the armed forces who served at least 90 days of active duty for purposes other than training and who has been honorably discharged from active duty within the previous twelve months. (DD214 must be attached to application or emailed to kmoore@ldaf.state.la.us by the closing date of the announcement).

Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test here.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1, 2 or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). The maximum salary for the Agricultural Environmental Specialist 3 is $73,445.00. Please refer to the 'Job Specifications' tab located at the top of the LA Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

The salary for an AES 1 ranges from $36,608 - $64,147 annually.
The salary for an AES 2 ranges from $39,166 - $68,640 annually.
The salary for an AES 3 ranges from $41,912 - $73,445 annually.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the work experience sections of the application.

Applicants using education to qualify for the position must provide a copy of their official college transcript to Civil Service by the closing date of this job posting. Applicants with international degrees must provide an equivalency evaluation along with a copy of their official transcript. Copies of official transcripts may be submitted as an attachment to your application or email it to kmoore@ldaf.state.la.us. If a copy of your official transcript is not received by the closing date of this posting, your application will be considered incomplete.

If you are contacted for an interview, please let us know at that time if you have a disability and need a special accommodation.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

All candidates for hire must submit to drug screening.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.

Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.

Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.

Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results. Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass". Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail". If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.

Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review. Passing candidates will designate as "Pass". Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".

Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.

Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.

Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager. You may or may not be called for an interview.

Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.

Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers (Download PDF reader), and at our State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process. Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to our State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at www.jobs.la.gov).

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Kiara Moore
5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
kmoore@ldaf.state.la.us
Qualifications

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.
Job Concepts

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
Incumbent of these positions to perform experienced level work entails responsibility and professional agricultural inspection and enforcement work in a variety of technically specialized and professional regulatory programs. The functional areas include but are not limited to feed, fertilizer, horticulture, liming, pesticides, quarantine, seed and structural pest control. To perform this work, the AES 1 & 2 must have technical skills and develop their skills by participating in additional training in the fields of entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, weed science, chemistry, agronomy, seed, feed, fertilizer etc.

The AES 1 & 2's learn and enforce all laws, rules and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Tasks include performance of inspections, and investigations related to the application or enforcement of laws, rules and regulations governing agricultural products and regulatory services.

General supervision is received from the Agricultural Environmental Specialist Manager or the Agricultural Environmental Specialist Supervisor.

Duties are as follows:
50%
Perform inspections or investigations that may be initiated from routine reports, knowledge of local activities, or from tips, complaints or referrals. While applying established regulatory criteria, policies, and procedures, the AES 1 and 2 collects, evaluates and compiles data and other facts related to inspections within the above described functional areas into comprehensive technical reports. The goal is to prepare reports that can be defended in administrative proceedings or beyond when applicable. This data may also be presented in other reports, meetings or conferences. The AES 2's assists in training subordinate inspectors in inspections and investigations.

Handle more complex and difficult recurrent inspections and investigative work related to Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Division's services.

Function as liaison between the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the public, agencies such as USDA, EPA, FDA, and individuals in private industry relating to the inspection of agricultural services and products.

35%
Ensure consumer products meet applicable quality standards through routine sampling in all of the functional areas such as: disease/insect/weed free; quality seed germination; products meet amounts declared on labels; quality plant installation and maintenance; pesticide treatments that provide protection of human health, homes and crops; quality feed for livestock and pets; quality agricultural lime; assists in preventing introduction of noxious weeds, insects and diseases; etc.

Conducts field inspections on various crops, bulk bin seed sampling, records inspection and seed processor facility inspections for seed certification.

Conducts inspections and/or investigations related to pesticide producers, distributors, dealers or aerial or ground pesticide applicators ensuring they are complying with licensing/certification, record keeping, and use laws, rules and regulations.

Conducts inspections and/or investigations related to horticulture, quarantine and/or nursery work.

Collects routine official regulatory samples of seed, feed, fertilizer and agricultural lime from manufacturers, dealers, and farmers, as well as investigative samples due to complaints or as follow up to a previous sample collection.

Performs Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) inspections of feed and feed ingredient manufacturers in Louisiana pursuant to the Louisiana Feed Law.

15%
Performs contracted Federal inspections with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inspect FDA licensed feed mills and surveillance inspections of Louisiana feed and feed ingredient manufactures as well as feed dealers to verify that ruminant mammalian proteins are not used in ruminant feeds (known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalophathy (BSE) inspections).

Inspects and samples bee colonies for disease and insects. Conducts inspections related to other causes of bee mortality that may be related to AES regulatory authority.

Inspects structures treated and pretreated by local pest companies to ensure termite treatment meets minimum standards set by pest control laws.

Issue stop orders on applicable goods, products or activities not registered or substandard.

Uses various electronic devices that assist in inspection/investigation documentation and keeps current with available technology by participating in training provided or by independent study.

Assists in special LDAF programs as needed and other duties as may be assigned.

Incumbents are required to operate and maintain state vehicles in performances of duties.

Incumbents may be required to utilize various tools to perform their inspections including but not limited to: horses, ATV's, boats.