Agricultural Chemical Specialist Senior – State of Washington Dept. of Agriculture – Washington State
Important Note: Pursuant to the Governor’s Directive, 20-08 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader), this position will be subject to one furlough day per month beginning August 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020.
Important Note: This position is Telework eligible and may not require direct report to the Olympia Headquarters building.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. 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 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page.
ABOUT THE POSITION: The Agricultural Chemical Specialist Senior, within the Pesticide Management Division, Registration Services Section, is a senior-level position requiring an in-depth knowledge of the duties and requirements of the position. This position reports to the Registration Services Supervisor.
This senior-level position serves as a lead reviewer and technical content resource on highly technical and complex pesticide registrations. Specifically, this position serves as the lead coordinator and agency expert and liaison between registration staff and other state and federal programs for registration issues related to special pesticide registrations (FIFRA Section 24(c) Special Local Need registrations, Section 18 Emergency Exemption from registration, and state Experimental Use Permits), and emerging issues, such as, but not limited to biostimulants, biopesticides, pollinator protection and cannabis.
In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, we also offer:
- A work location close to downtown Olympia; close to the waterfront, Farmer’s Market, Capitol Lake, Capitol Campus, and many restaurants
- Mobile and flexible work opportunities, including teleworking
- Natural Resources Building garage parking for the low cost of $35 per month
- Work location close to the Chehalis bike trail
- On-site cafeteria/coffee shop
- Bus service (including the free DASH shuttle), Vanpool and other carpooling opportunities
- An Infants in the Workplace program
- Supported growth and development, including many opportunities to promote within the agency
For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at www.agr.wa.gov
- Serves as the Special Pesticide Registration coordinator for pesticide registration issues related to FIFRA Section 24 (c) Special Local Need registrations, FIFRA Section 18 Emergency Exemption applications, and Washington State Experimental Use permits; reviews and takes appropriate action on special registrations in accordance with Federal and State pesticide laws and rules.
- Serves as agency resource and develops guidance on pollinator protection related to pesticides, aquatic pesticide issues, cannabis issues and other emerging issues.
- Acts as a liaison between registration staff and other State and Federal programs regarding toxicology, surface or groundwater, endangered species, pollinator protection or other environment reviews.
- Assists with the program rulemaking and legislative issues in collaboration with program manager.
- Provides comments, review and opinions to the Program Manager or Assistant Director of PMD on pesticide-related matters, including EPA rulemaking, policies, and guidance documents or on pesticides of concern; may consult with Natural Resource Assessment Section (NRAS) on Pesticides of Concern (POC) or Pesticides of Interest (POI) if requested.
- Reviews and approves or denies highly technical, complex and routine FIFRA Section 3, Section 25 (b), and Spray Adjuvant pesticide registrations in accordance with Federal and State pesticide laws and rules.
- Serve as program lead and resource on emerging issues, such as biostimulants, biopesticides, pollinator protection, aquatic pesticides and cannabis.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree including 25 semester hours or 40 quarter hours in a natural or physical science AND five years of professional experience in a natural resource, agricultural, environmental or health regulatory position, in the pest management field, or in the pesticide or fertilizer industry, 3 years of which must be as an Agricultural Chemical Specialist or equivalent.
- Advanced degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource, Environment Sciences or related field.
- Experience working for a regulatory agency and knowledge of Federal, State and local laws and rules governing pesticide and fertilizer products, use, distribution and storage.
- Experience or knowledge of state legislative and rulemaking processes.
- First Aid/CPR certification
- Knowledge and use of pesticide and fertilizer products sold in the marketplace.
How 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 interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position.
- Current resume detailing experience and education
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.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524- 5627 or email email@example.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 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.
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.
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