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Louisiana Department of State Civil Service Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1/2/3 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1/2/3

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Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1/2/3

Salary

$3,333.20 - $5,724.00 Monthly

Location

Baton Rouge, LA

Job Type

Classified

Job Number

AES-122813-6.10.24-JS

Department

DAF-Agriculture and Forestry

Opening Date

06/10/2024

Closing Date

6/24/2024 11:59 PM Central

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Job# AES-122813-6.10.24-JS

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer and State as a Model Employer (SAME) to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

This position (#122813) is located in the Office of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Pesticide Division, in Baton Rouge, LA.

This position is located in East Baton Rouge Parish.

This position has a Special Entrance Rate at (SER) each level of the Career Progression Group

Agriculture Environmental Specialist 1 has an SER of $19.23 per hour.

Agriculture Environmental Specialist 2 has an SER of $20.58 per hour.

Agriculture Environmental Specialist 3 has an SER of $22.02 per hour.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as an Agriculture Environmental Specialist 1 ,2 or 3, depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). 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.

Core Competencies:

Communicating Effectively: The ability to relay information correctly and appropriately to connect people and ideas.

Following Policies and Procedures: The ability to comply with policies and procedures of the organization as well as State Civil Service rules, and all applicable federal and state laws.

Making Accurate Judgments: The ability to form an opinion objectively and decisively based on relevant information and in accordance with established standards.

Preferred Competencies:

Accepting Direction: The ability to accept and follow directions from those higher in the chain of command.

Acting with Ethics and Integrity:The ability to be consistent, honest, and a trustworthy steward of State resources.

Adapting to Change: The ability to adjust plans, expectations, and behaviors in response to change.

DemonstratingAccountability:The ability to accept ownership for your actions, behaviors, performance, and decisions.

Demonstrating Initiative: The ability to assess information and take action independently to help the organization achieve its goals.

Displaying Professionalism: The ability to recognize how your actions impact the perceptions of both you and your organization.

Working Safely: The ability to maintain safety by following rules and procedures.

No Civil Service testscore is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

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 applications to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

ResumesWILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the work experience sections of the application.

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

All candidates for hire must undergo drug screening.

For further information about this vacancy, contact:

Jasmine Stewart

HR Analyst

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

jsstewart@ldaf.state.la.us

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry strictly prohibits workplace harassment and discrimination on the on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, religion, national origin, military service, sickle cell trait, protected genetic information or other non-merit factor. LDAF also strictly prohibits employment decisions based upon or influenced by such factors.

Minimum Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A baccalaureate degree with at least twenty-four semester hours in forestry, an agricultural, biological, chemical, or environmental science, an engineering field, or any combination.

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 an accredited college or university.

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

This position performs work for the Office of Weights & Measures, Department of Agriculture and Forestry and reports to an Agriculture Specialist District Supervisor. This position may act as an assistant supervisor with lead worker responsibilities over lower level Agriculture Specialist positions. Agriculture Specialist in the Weights & Measures Division inspect and test all commercial weighing and measuring devices within the state used for solid or liquid commodities to insure that devices are accurate and correct, to insure that these devices are used for the purpose for which they are intended, and to insure that they are properly maintained and operated. They are also responsible for package inspections of prepackaged commodities to insure accurate weight and labeling. Equipment inspected includes electronic pricing equipment, taximeters, and all light, medium and heavy-duty devices (e.g. retail/wholesale counter scales, truck scales, stockyard and hopper scales, cattle scales, monorail or overhead scales, platform, suspension and cotton beam scales, refrigerated milk tanks, motor fuel dispensing devices, pharmaceutical scales and beakers and delicate highly accurate scales used in the sale or trade of precious metals).

75%

Performs inspections required by law to prove the size, quantity, extent, area or measurement of commodities or their dispensers.

Weights, measures and inspects packages or amounts of commodities kept for the purpose of sale, offered for sale or sold in process of delivery to insure amounts represented are accurate as prescribed by law.

Inspects package labeling and marking to insure that all products in commercial markets reflect accurate description of the product as to the net weight, size, numerical count, length or volume.

Tests and issues seals, tags of approval, or certificates for weighing and measuring devices and rejects those that do not meet the specified standards.

Places stop orders on containers or dispensers containing defective fuels to forbid use or sale.

Obtains samples of motor fuel products from retailers; forwards samples to fuel laboratory for testing.

Inspects fuel dispensing devices to insure correct calibration and labeling; issues certification decals or rejects those that do not meet specifications.

Maintains and utilizes equipment such as test weights, specials tools, equal arm balances, volume beakers, calibrated glassware and related equipment as necessary to test, inspect or calibrate weighing and measuring devices.

Maintains documentation of all inspections and records pertinent information concerning final disposition of inspections or investigations.

Assists the Heavy Duty Inspectors either by directly helping with the testing of heavy duty scales or indirectly by serving as a witness to the testing of heavy duty scales when performed by a licensed scale technician.

Has advanced knowledge of computerized systems used to record field data and assists lower level inspectors in gaining and using such knowledge.

Inspects for and performs investigations related to fuel dispenser skimming devices. Works with local and federal authorities on investigations.

Works with state and federal agencies to investigate and enforce regulations related to labeling and short weight issues in seafood.

25%

Serves as assistant supervisor and/or lead worker.

Utilizes institutional knowledge and training to assist other inspectors in the performance of difficult or complex inspections and/or investigations.

Works in conjunction with other state and federal agencies.

May assign and review the work of lower level inspectors.

Assists to coordinate and insure that required field work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Participates in the training of new inspectors when so directed by the District Supervisor.

Assumes the duties and responsibilities of unit supervisor in his/her absence.

Possesses advanced knowledge of inspection handbooks, laws, and rule and regulations.

Evaluates field results to make independent determinations regarding compliance.

Other duties as may be assigned.

Functional Requirements:

  • Moderate light lifting, 30 pounds with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds

  • Walking and standing (8 hours)

  • Climbing stairs and occasionally ladders

  • Lifting items such as briefcase, computer, scanner, luggage or other items used to travel and perform inspections

  • Sit over a long period of time at work station or in a vehicle for travel

  • Drive a vehicle to perform inspections

  • Reaching above shoulder height and carrying specialized equipment needed to perform duties

  • Occasional demands maybe required for moderately strenuous activities in emergencies over long periods of time

Louisiana State Government represents a wide variety of career options and offers an outstanding opportunity tomake a differencethrough public service. With an array of career opportunities in every major metropolitan center and in many rural areas, state employment provides an outstanding option to begin or continue your career.

As a state employee, you will earn competitive pay, choose from a variety of benefits, and have access to a great professional development program:

Insurance Coverage More information can be found at https://info.groupbenefits.org/

Parental Leave– Up to six weeks paid parental leave

More information can be found athttps://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/Parental-Leave/Default.aspx

Holidays and Leave – State employees receive the following paid holidays each year:

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,

  • Mardi Gras,

  • Good Friday,

  • Memorial Day,

  • Independence Day,

  • Labor Day,

  • Veteran's Day,

  • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

* Additional holidays may be proclaimed by the Governor

State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use. Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.

Retirement – State of Louisiana employees are eligible to participate in various retirement systems (based on the type of appointment and agency for which an employee works). These retirement systems provide retirement allowances and other benefits for state officers and employees and their beneficiaries. State retirement systems may include (but are not limited to):

  • Louisiana State Employees Retirement System (www.lasersonline.org). LASERS has provided this video (https://lasersonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Your_Retirement_System.mp4) to give you more detailed information about their system

  • Teacher's Retirement System of Louisiana (www.trsl.org),

  • Louisiana School Employees Retirement System (www.lsers.net), among others

    01

    To ensure compliance with the LDAF Nepotism Policy, do you have any immediate family members or relatives who are currently employed with the LDAF? Immediate family member is defined as children (blood, step, adopted), spouse, brother, sister, father, mother, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, mother-in-law and father-in-law. Relative includes immediate family members previously defined and also includes grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, uncle, aunt niece and nephew.

  • Yes

  • No

    02

    If you answered "yes" to the above question, please list the name of your immediate family member and/or relatives currently employed by the LDAF. If you answered "no" to the above question, enter N/A.

    03

    Are you currently a classified employee of Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry serving with permanent status?

  • Yes

  • No

    04

    Do you have a valid Louisiana driver's license?

  • Yes

  • No

    05

    The incumbent of this position may drive a state-owned vehicle during working hours. Office of Risk Management prohibits drivers with three or more moving violations in a one-year period from operating a state-owned vehicle. o Based on this information, will you be able to operate a state-owned vehicle? (use when driving is a requirement of the position)

  • Yes

  • No

    06

    Rate your ability to accept direction based on our definition: The ability to accept and follow directions from those higher in the chain of command.

  • I have no experience and/or am uncomfortable accepting direction

  • I have limited experience or require assistance to accept direction

  • I can accept direction

  • I can accept directions and help others improve their ability to accept direction

    07

    Explain your rating by providing specific and relevant examples in the box below.

    08

    Rate your ability to act with ethics and integrity based on our definition: The ability to be consistent, honest, and a trustworthy steward of State resources

  • I have no experience and/or am uncomfortable acting with ethics and integrity

  • I have limited experience or require assistance to act with ethics and integrity

  • I can act with ethics and integrity

  • I can act with ethics and integrity and help others improve their ability to act with ethics and integrity

    09

    Explain your rating by providing specific and relevant examples in the box below.

    10

    Rate your ability to communicate effectively based on our definition: The ability to relay information correctly and appropriately to connect people and ideas.

  • I have no experience and/or am uncomfortable communicating effectively

  • I have limited experience or require assistance to communicate effectively

  • I can communicate effectively

  • I can communicate effectively and help others improve their communication

    11

    Explain your rating by providing specific and relevant examples in the box below.

    12

    Do you possess twenty-four semester hours in agriculture, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, entomology, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology or zoology, or any combination of credits in these courses to equal twenty-four semester hours?

  • Yes

  • No

    13

    If you answered yes to the question above, please list your qualifying coursework for all 24 hours in the following format: AGRI 1001, Introduction to Agriculture, 3 hours, LSU. If you answered NO, enter N/A. NOTE: Failure to list all specific courses may result in your application being considered incomplete.

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State of Louisiana

Address

For agency contact information, please refer to

the supplemental information above.

Louisiana State Civil Service, Louisiana, 70802

Phone

(866) 783-5462

Website

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/louisiana/default.cfm

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