SENIOR BIOLOGIST (ENTOMOLOGY/PLANT PATHOLOGY)Print (https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/newprint/4232544) SENIOR BIOLOGIST (ENTOMOLOGY/PLANT PATHOLOGY)Salary $84,757.20 - $114,219.36 AnnuallyLocation Los Angeles County, CAJob TypeFull timeJob NumberV0313CDepartmentAGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER WEIGHTS AND MEASURESOpening Date11/20/2023
Position/Program InformationDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURESFiling Dates: 11/22/23 at 8:00 a.m. - Until the needs of the Department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.EXAM NUMBER: V0313CNO OUT-OF-CLASS EXPERIENCE WILL BE ACCEPTEDTYPE OF RECRUITMENT: Open Competitive Job OpportunityJOB TYPE:PermanentDEFINITION: Performs the most difficult and significant basic or applied research or other related activities in one or more specialized fields of plant- or animal- related science, or environmental science, supervises others engaged in research, and provides information regarding the field of specialization to the public and others.CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS: Positions allocable to this class have overall responsibility for a major area of research or related activities in one or more of the following specialized fields: animal biology, entomology, nematology, plant biology, plant genetics, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, plant ecology, horticulture, soil science, environmental science, integrated pest management, or weed management. These positions receive administrative direction from a higher-level position and direct other professionals in their individual research by providing technical assistance on a consultative basis. Incumbents must exercise a thorough knowledge of the practice of biology including data collection and analysis, population and habitat inventory, monitoring, and goal setting, disease identification and control, and departmental systems, approval processes and communication protocols. Incumbents must also exercise a thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques, procedures and relationships of the science of their field of specialization and of the application of this knowledge in directing and conducting research in the investigation, analysis and solutionof significant, practical problems in their area of specialization.Essential Job Functions
Receive and identify insect and mollusk or plant samples to provide identification/classification for the public and regulatory purposes.
Travel to various locations to collect insect and mollusk or plant samples to provide identification/classification for the public and regulatory agencies and make informed recommendations on regulatory actions.
Prepare and ship insect and mollusk or plant samples to the California Department of Food and Agriculture by preserving them in appropriate chemicals to provide an official insect identification/classification for the public and regulatory purposes.
Answer and respond to public and industry inquiries on proposed regulatory actions to provide recommendations on control/mitigation measures and eradication of pests.
Provide technical work direction to others engaged in inspections of agricultural shipments and commodities to prevent the introduction of exotic pests that damage agriculture or the environment.
Represent the Department and LA County by participating in various meetings to educate the public and other regulatory agencies on the control of plant pests and make recommendations to policy development or for policy revision that affect biological resources.
Lead all aspects of and prepare a variety of technical and non-technical reports to effectively communicate information to intended audiences.
Maintain knowledge of relevant biological and environmental research, including various federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure accurate implementation and enforcement of agricultural regulations.
RequirementsSELECTION REQUIREMENTS: Option I: A Ph.D. degree with specialization in Entomology or Plant Pathology or a closely related field from an accredited college -AND- Two years of professional research experience in the field of Entomology or Plant Pathology.Option II: A Master's degree with specialization in Entomology or Plant Pathology or a closely related field from an accredited college -AND- Four years of laboratory or field experience in the identification, taxonomy, classification, or diagnosis of plant diseases and insect pests.LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License.License Information:Successful applicants must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.PHYSICAL CLASS II -Light: This class includes administrative and clerical positions requiring light physical effort that may include occasional light lifting to a 10-pound limit and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable ambulation may be involved. Additional InformationEXAMINATION CONTENT:The examination will consist of an evaluation of training and experience based on the application information weighted 100%.CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.In order to receive credit for any college course work or for completion of a training program or seminar program, you must include a legible copy of the official transcripts, official license, or official certificate of completion for ALL required documents, respectively, with your application or within 15 calendar days of filing. F or applicants with international transcript(s) , a report by an evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. must be submitted at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days. The report must confirm the U.S. course/degree equivalency. Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Additional points will be awarded for additional experience beyond the requirements. Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ration, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the register of eligibles candidates accordingly. No person may compete for this examination more than once in a twelve (12) month period.SPECIAL INFORMATION:The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s) and age at the time of offense(s).If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.VACANCY INFORMATION: The list of successful candidates created from this exam will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures as they occur. AVAILABLE SHIFT: Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, overtime, and holidays. APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:Applications must be filled online only. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted.Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account ongovernmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address. Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected. Many important notifications will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that you provide a valid email address. Please add TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov, as well as firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com to your email address and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter email. It is your responsibility to take the above steps to view correspondence. Los Angeles County will not be considered claims of not viewing or receiving notification to be a valid reason for late test administration or rescheduling of test component.IMPORTANT NOTE: All information included in the application materials is subject to verification at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment. Utilizing verbiage from Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties will not be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an incomplete application and you may be disqualified. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD:All applicants must file their application using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES:For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.TESTING ACCOMODATION INFORMATION AND COORDINATOR CONTACT INFORMATION:If you need accommodation to take the assessment, let us know by contacting the ADA/Testing Coordinator at 626-575-5464 and/orTMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can respond to your request and keep you moving through the process.ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION (ARDI):The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitles to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The Department of Human Resources is committed to promoting Anti-racism, Diversity, and inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst race. We support the ARDI strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices.CONTACT INFORMATION:ADA Coordinator Phone:(626) 575-5464Teletype Phone:(626) 585-5520California Relay Services:(800) 735-2922Department Contact Name: Tanya MarcheseDepartment Contact Phone: (626) 575-5464Department Contact Email: TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov (AExamsUnit@acwm.lacounty.gov) COUNTY OF LOS ANGELESEmployment InformationAny language contained in the job posting supersedes any language contained below.Your Responsibilities:1.Completing Your Application:a. Before submission of the application, it is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided is correct and complete on the application. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.b. List each payroll title separately for each job. Do not group your experience. Specify the beginning and ending dates for each job. If you are a Los Angeles County employee and have held multiple positions, do NOT list all of your time with the County under your present payroll title.c. Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.d. To receive credit, include required documents (e.g., copy of your diploma, transcript, certificate, or license) as directed on the job posting. International degrees in a foreign language must be translated to English and evaluated for equivalency to U.S. standards. Refer to the job posting for specific deadlines for supporting documentation.2.Requirements on Job Posting:a. Your application will only be accepted if it clearly shows you meet the requirements. The information you give will determine your eligibility and is subject to verification at any time.b. You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment unless other age limits are stated on the job posting. The Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of age for any individual over age 40.c. Experience is evaluated on the basis of a verifiable 40- hour week, unless specified otherwise. Prorated part-time experience may be acceptable.3.Application Deadline: All job applications must be completed and submitted before the closing time on the last day of the filing period as indicated on the job posting unless other instructions are provided. Job postings with an open continuous filing period are subject to closure without prior notice. It is to your advantage to file your application early and not wait until the last allowable date and time as you will not be able to apply once the filing period has closed.4.Change of Name or Address: To change personal information such as your name or address, log into your profile onwww.governmentjobs.comand make the necessary change. 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COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES Employment Information Any language contained in the job posting supersedes any language contained below.Veteran’s Credit: In all open competitive examinations, a veteran’s credit of 10 percent of the total credits specified for such examinations will be added to the final passing grade of an honorably discharged veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States under any of the following conditions: During a declared war; -or- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; -or- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; -or- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992; -or- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010 the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; -or- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal or expeditionary medal has been authorized and awarded. 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Applicants must submit the documentation for each open competitive exam to qualify for veteran’s credit. More information available at:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide-for-hr-professionals/Accreditation Information: Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). More information available at:http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhr/070812PPG123.pdfand http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhr/205105PPG123AC EResourceGuide.pdfBackground Check: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.Career Planning: Resources to help current and prospective employees plan a career with Los Angeles County are available. To explore career paths to and from nearly all job titles, please visit our interactive Career PathFinder application athttps://career-pathfinder.hr.lacounty.gov/#/.Benefit Information: Depending on the position, the successful candidate will enroll in a contributory defined benefit pension plan if the candidate is a “new member” of the County’s defined benefit plan (LACERA) on or after January 1, 2013 (first employed by the County on or after December 1, 2012) – unless she or he established reciprocity with another public retirement system in which she or he was a member before January 1, 2013. It should be noted that County employees do not pay into Social Security, but do pay the Medical Hospital Insurance Tax portion of Social Security at a rate of 1.45%. The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) has reciprocal agreements with several public retirement systems in California.Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: All positions are open to qualified men and women. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons with disabilities who believe they need reasonable accommodation, or help in order to apply for a position, may contact the ADA/Personnel Services for Disabled Persons Coordinator. Hearing impaired applicants with telephone teletype equipment may leave messages by calling the teletype phone number on the job posting. 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Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number 1-800-325-0778 or contact a local Social Security office.Employment Eligibility Information: Final appointment is contingent upon verification of U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States. Immigration law provides that all persons hired after November 6, 1986, are required to present original documents to the County, within three (3) business days of hiring, which show satisfactory proof of 1) identity and 2) U.S. employment eligibility.The California Fair Employment and Housing Act(Part 2.8 commencing with Section 12900 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code) and the Regulations of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Division 4, Sections 7285.0 through 8504) prohibits employment discrimination based on race or color; religion; national origin or ancestry, physical disability; mental disability or medical condition; marital status; sex or sexual orientation; age, with respect to persons over the age of 40; and pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.COVID-19 VACCINATION: Some County workforce members may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Successful candidates for those positions/classifications may be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.Updated April 2023For detailed information, please clickhere (http://hr.lacounty.gov/benefits/) 01 I have a Ph.D degree with a specialization in Entomology or Plant Pathology or a closely related field from an accredited college AND two years of professional research experience in the field of Entomology or Plant Pathology.
I have A Master's degree with specialization in Entomology or Plant Pathology or a closely related field from an accredited college -AND- Four years of laboratory or field experience in the identification, taxonomy, classification, or diagnosis of plant diseases and insect pests.
I understand that in order to receive credit for any college course work or for completion of a training program or seminar program, I must include a legible copy of the official transcripts, official license, or official certificate of completion, respectively, with my application or within 15 calendar days of filing.
Do you possess a valid California Class C Driver License?
I understand that comments such as "see resume" on any part of the application will not be considered a response. Please note that all information is subject to verification at any time during the examination and hiring process. Making false statements on the application and supplemental questionnaire may cause myself to be disqualified from this examination.
I understand that utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that I have met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and I may be DISQUALIFIED.
I understand it is my responsibility to take the steps mentioned in the bulletin to view correspondence. Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notifications to be a valid reason for late test administration or re-scheduling of a test component.
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