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Crop Mapping / Water Monitoring Specialist

Company: Washington State
Location: Yakima
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Job Description:

DescriptionAGRICULTURE - A Cornerstone of Washington's EconomyThe Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has a critical mission of supporting one of the state's most important industries, agriculture, while at the same time promoting consumer and environmental protection. The mission of the Natural Resource Assessment Section (NRAS) is to assess the effect of pesticides, nutrients and agriculture practices on natural resources and the environment and to work with agriculture to protect the states natural resources through management practices and education.The activities of the WSDA Natural Resources Assessment Section (NRAS) focus on the impacts of agriculture chemicals on Washington state's natural resources. The goal of WSDA is to work together with the agricultural community and regulators to protect Washington's natural wealth and the environment. WSDA is developing analytical tools that will be used to identify, evaluate and mitigate impacts to Washington's renewable and non-renewable resources.What we are looking for:We are always searching for the brightest and best to join our team and are committed to fostering employee growth and development. We want to give you the chance to grow at Agriculture, in addition to the amazing career potential.This position monitors and maps crop locations in eastern WA where agricultural commodities are grown or where livestock operations exist. This mapping is done using GIS methods and photogrammetry. In addition, this position supports ambient surface water monitoring and pesticide usage data collection activities.In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, we also offer:

  • Bus service (including the free DASH shuttle), Vanpool and other carpooling opportunities
  • Mobile and flexible work opportunities
  • An Infants in the Workplace program
  • Supported growth and development, including many opportunities to promote within the agencyDuties
  • The position monitors and maps locations in Eastern WA where agricultural commodities are grown or where livestock operations exist. This activity is done with oversight of senior staff and the regional unit supervisor. This mapping is done using GIS methods and photogrammetry for the purposes of determining crop type, field area, crop rotation schedule, irrigation methods and other relevant information necessary to support the environmental and human health objectives of the Natural Resources Assessment Section.
  • This position will assist regional staff in the collection and analysis of water quality data for WSDA's ambient monitoring program and special water monitoring project as needed.
  • This position assists the Section's pesticide use specialist with pesticide usage data collection efforts. These activities are vital to the NRAS's ability to conduct pesticide risk analysis for endangered species and to assist in the investigation of pesticide occurrences in private and public drinking water supply wells per the Statewide Pesticide Management Strategy.QualificationsRequired:
    • Possess a Bachelor's degree involving major study in an agricultural related field, environmental, physical, natural sciences, environmental planning or other related field and two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning
    • Possess plant identification skills and knowledge of crops grown in Eastern Washington gained from education and/or experience
    • Possess a working knowledge of GIS technologies including mobile applications
    • Experience collecting data on one or more of the following parameters: terrestrial or aquatic vegetation, water chemistry, physical stream attributes (flow rate), and collecting environmental samples for laboratory analysis
    • Experience with pesticides, pesticide usage and related agricultural production practicesPreferred Qualifications:
    • Ability to communicate with a high level of professionalism with agency staff and customers both inside and outside the agency.
    • A self-motivated individual who is able to work in a team setting to meet data project deadlines, be detail-oriented and meticulous in data quality control and assurance
    • Demonstrate reliability, effective time management skills, and the ability to meet deadlinesSpecial Requirement/Conditions of Employment
    • Ability to safely drive an agency vehicle to conduct windshield surveys to collect crop system data.
    • Ability to safely conduct water monitoring activities which requires working outdoors on uneven terrain as well as in and around deep, and or fast moving water.
    • Ability to lift coolers weighing up to 50 pounds in and out of a vehicle.Supplemental InformationHOW TO APPLY:You must complete your careers.wa.gov profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:
      • A letter of interestto describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
      • Current resumedetailing experience and educationBy 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.If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-freeat (855)524-5627 or email support@neogov.com.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 of Agriculture, a background checkincluding 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.Veteran's Preference:Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUSTattach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackoutany 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 (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.Salary: $3,433.00 - $4,492.00 MonthlyLocation: Yakima County Yakima, WAJob Type: Full Time - PermanentDepartment: Dept. of AgricultureJob Number: 2020-00051Closing: 1/20/2020 11:59 PM PacificAgency: State of WashingtonAddress: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504Phone: View Posting for Agency ContactWebsite: http://www.careers.wa.gov

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