The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100years. Through service, regulation and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.
The agency includes approximately 780 employees and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our
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The Plant Protection Division prevents the establishment of high-risk pests, diseases and weeds; regulates the use and accuracy of commercial weighing, measuring, and counting devices; regulates the quality of motor fuel; protects agricultural producers against theft, fraud, and unfair business practices; and analyzes and certifies food and agricultural products ensuring consumer protection from pesticides and chemical residues.
Within the Plant Protection Division, the Pest Program's mission is to protect the state's natural resources by preventing the establishment of high-risk invasive insects, plant diseases, and weeds.
The Commodity Crop Survey Trapper follows scientific protocols to conduct surveys for target pest species found in Washington commodity crops in their assigned geographical area.
Some of what you'll do:
Conduct field surveys of insect, plant disease, weed and other invasive pest species trapping programs in specific commodity crops and landscape plant species.
- Place insect detection traps at required densities and by program deadlines.
- Select trap sites for effective trap placement and coverage.
- Collect data points with minimal margin of error.
- Manage and monitor traps.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Driver's License.
- High school graduate or GED.
- Willingness and ability to work in outdoor settings.
- Willing to travel out-of-town and stay overnight when necessary.
- Bilingual - Spanish.
You must complete your careers.wa.gov profile and answer the supplemental questions.
By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
Applications with comments "see attachments" will be considered incomplete.
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Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at (360) 902- 2020 or Recruitment@agr.wa.gov.
Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.
The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.
Pursuant to Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation on August 9, 2021 all employees who work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Proof of fully vaccinated status against COVID-19 must be shown to WSDA’s human resource office prior to employment.
Veteran's Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.
Military Spouse Preference: To take advantage of military spouse preference, you will have an opportunity to identify your status in the questionnaire. We thank you and are grateful for your service!
The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.