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Biological Control Entomologist/Natural Resource Specialist

Company: Oregon Department of Agriculture
Location: Salem
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Job Description:

Education - Bachelor's Degree - Doctoral Degree - Master's Degree Oregon Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Natural Resource Specialist 4 Biological Control Entomologist to join our Plant Protection & Conservation Program Area. This is a permanent, full-time, classified position located in Salem, Oregon. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. The position exists within the Plant Program Area's Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program (IPPM) developed to protect Oregon's natural resources and agriculture by early detecting the accidental introduction of, preventing the spread of, and eradicating and/or controlling of harmful invasive plant pests, primarily insects and other invertebrate pests. Surveys for invasive weeds and plant pathogens may also be conducted in cooperation with other Plant Program Area and departmental programs. Regulatory certification may be provided based on the results of these activities. This program is conducted statewide and affects all segments of Oregon's agricultural and horticultural community as well as natural resources in urban, rural and forested environments. This program is an important component in the agency mission to ensure food safety, protect natural resources, and promote agricultural economic development. What you will do ! This position independently designs, develops, implements, and analyzes complex biological control and invasive pest surveys, compliance inspections, and project activities. Independently leads and directs biological control program activities; functions as a team leader; coordinates essential program actions; provides technical office, laboratory, and field support to develop information on occurrence of plant pests of economic or regulatory concern. This position also acts as eradication support as needed. This position is responsible for building the biological control program through writing technically complex grant proposals, and applications. This includes developing plans, scopes of work, budgets, schedules, and issuing work assignments. Related projects planned for 2019 include Azalea lace bug biological control with entomopathogenic nematodes, maintaining a colony of brown marmorated stink bugs, rearing and release of mated adult female Trissolcus japonicus in known areas of high BMSB impact or as requested, and analysis of biological control needs in Oregon. Employee is responsible for independent development, planning and implementation of complex biological control survey's, biological control releases, insect rearing, quarantine, compliance, certification, control and eradication programs of target pests; collects, evaluates, analyses, reviews, verifies, and summarizes survey data and information; determines the accuracy of and compliance with state, federal, and international phytosanitary standards, rules and regulations; makes recommendations to higher-level staff and provides information to other parties on biological control programs. Work is done independently as a member of a team under the overall supervision of the IPPM Program Manager. See full Position Description PDF by clicking here What we are looking for Four years of experience in Entomology focusing in biological control. At least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations,ing pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; AND a Bachelor's degree in Entomology, or three itional years of related biological control experience. A Master's degree in Entomology or related degree with biological control courses will substitute for up to one year of the required experience. A Doctorate degree in Entomology or related degree with biological control courses will substitute for up to two years of the required experience. How to : 1. To for this position, click on the 'Apply' link above to fill out the online application and submit by the posted closing date and time. 2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all the minimum and requested skills listed above. 3. While completing your application, please be aware that Workday will log you out after 20 minutes of inactivity and will not save your application. ***Current Internal State of Oregon Employees please use your Workday account - go to Career - Internal - Find jobs to! Application must be completed by 12:00 am 12/06/2019 Questions/Need Help? If you have questions about the recruitment or need an alternate format to, please contact Jennifer Luttrell at ******************************* or call ************. Please be prepared to describe the alternate format needed. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Keywords: Oregon Department of Agriculture, Salem , Biological Control Entomologist/Natural Resource Specialist, Other , Salem, Oregon

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