Agricultural Environmental Specialist Supervisor in Baton Rouge, LA 70806  (East Fairfields area)

State of Louisiana

Supplemental Information

Job number: AES-51440-8.23.23-BE 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 #51440 is located in the Office of Agricultural & Environmental Services, Pesticides Division, in Baton Rouge, LA, East Baton Rouge Parish. This promotional opportunity is only open to permanent classified employees of The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy. *Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.* 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 application 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. This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization. All applicants selected for employment must submit to drug screening. If you are contacted for an interview, please let us know at that time if you have a need a special accommodation for a disability. For further information about this vacancy contact: Brittany Evans Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry 5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001 Baton Rouge, LA 70806 bevans@ldaf.state.la.us The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry strictly prohibits workplace harassment and discrimination 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.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree with at least twenty-four semester hours in agriculture, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, entomology, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, zoology, forestry, or any combination of credits in these courses to equal twenty-four semester hours, plus three years of professional level experience in agronomy, entomology, horticulture, structural pest control, pesticide inspection or enforcement, plant pathology, chemistry, wetland resource management, cropland management work, forest management, conservation work, or inspection or enforcement for compliance with agricultural, environmental, food safety, or public health laws, rules or regulations.

SUBSTITUTION:
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.

A master’s degree in qualifying fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.

NOTE: Any college hours or degree must be from an accredited college or university.

Job Concepts

Function of Work: To perform regional supervisory inspection and investigative work related to industry compliance of laws and regulations governing agronomics and quarantine, pesticide, and environmental programs. OR To supervise assessment and management of environmental impact of agricultural operations on soil, water, air, and other related natural resources in an assigned region. Level of Work: Supervisor. Supervision Received: General from an Agricultural Environmental Specialist Manager. Supervision Exercised: Functional over Agricultural and Forestry, Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or Office of Soil and Water Conservation in an assigned geographical area. Location of Work: Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or Office of Soil and Water Conservation in an assigned geographical area. Job Distinctions: Differs from Agricultural Environmental Specialist 3 by the presence of direct line supervision. Differs from Agricultural Environmental Specialist Manager by lack of supervisory responsibility over all activities in an assigned geographical area.

Examples of Work

This position is in the Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (AES) with the Department of Agriculture & Forestry. AES consists of four divisions which entails responsibility of professional agricultural inspection and enforcement work in a variety of professional regulatory programs including but not limited to: Pesticide and Environmental Programs; Seed Programs; Agricultural Chemistry Programs; Horticulture and Quarantine Programs. Incumbent of this position is responsible for supervising the regional inspections and special investigations in AES. Supervision for this position is received from the Agricultural Environmental Specialist Manager. 60% Field work/ Inspections With a high level of independence and technical skills based on years of experience and training, performs more complex and difficult inspections or investigations related to the Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences services that may be initiated from routine reports, knowledge of local activities, or from tips, complaints or referrals. Evaluates and compiles data and other facts related to inspections within the above described functional areas into comprehensive technical reports through the use of established regulatory criteria, policies, and procedures. The goal is to prepare reports that can be defended in administrative proceedings or beyond when applicable. This data may also be formally presented by the incumbent in meetings or conferences with program managers, including unclassified directors, assistant directors, and the assistant commissioner, and for training seminars conducted for less experienced inspectors. Ensure consumer products meet applicable quality standards through routine sampling in all of the functional areas such as: disease/insect/weed free; quality seed germination; products meet amounts declared on labels; quality plant installation and maintenance; pesticide treatments that provide protection of human health, homes and crops; quality agricultural lime; assists in preventing introduction of noxious weeds, insects and diseases; etc. Issues stop orders on applicable goods, products or activities not registered or substandard. Conducts field inspections on various crops, bulk bin seed sampling, records inspection and seed processor facility inspections for seed certification. Has advanced knowledge of various crops and varieties thereof related to the Seed Certification Program. Conducts inspections and/or investigations related to pesticide producers, distributors, dealers or aerial or ground pesticide applicators ensuring they are complying with licensing/certification, record keeping, and use laws, rules and regulations. Through experience gained related to pesticide off-target drift and knowledge of potential damage effects caused by specific pesticides via visual inspection and sampling, independently investigates pesticide damage complaints by observing aerial views and interviewing persons as to improper operations of pesticide applications. Inspects structures treated and pretreated by local pest companies to ensure termite treatment meets minimum standards set by pest control laws. Has advanced experience in the structural pest control program to understand the rules and regulations related to minimum standards and be able to discuss with pest control operators. Conducts complex inspections and/or investigations related to horticulture, quarantine and/or nursery work. Collects routine official regulatory samples of seed, fertilizer and agricultural lime from manufacturers, dealers, and farmers, as well as investigative samples due to complaints or as follow up to a previous sample collection. Takes samples, conducts inspections and/or investigations related to the industrial hemp program including but not limited to seed producers, growers, contract carriers and processers ensuring they are complying with licensing/certification, record keeping, and use laws, rules and regulations. Uses various electronic devices that assist in inspection/investigation documentation and keeps current with available technology by participating in training provided or by independent study. May serve on new technology pilot program to obtain and present feedback to management on the implementation of new technology for field inspections and investigations. Independently and accurately respond to regulated industries and the public. 40% Administrative/Training Responsible for supervising the inspections to ensure compliance with, and investigations relative to violations of, the various statutes and regulations that are under the responsibility of AES. Ensures that related industry operations are in compliance with state laws and rules and regulations as well as relevant federal laws and regulations. Also, responsible for supervision of special investigations for AES. Supervises and coordinates district programmatic activities with the Agricultural Environmental Specialist Manager. Supervises and approves issuance of stop-sale orders on substandard products, including seed, fertilizers, and other agricultural chemicals and products offered for sale. Responsible for inspections of proper labeling of products, including fertilizers, seed and pesticides offered for sale in Louisiana. Makes and/or supervises inspections for proper licensing at such locations as nurseries, nursery stock dealers, seed, and fertilizer dealers, cut flower dealers, retail florist, arborist, landscaping services and industrial hemp seed producers, growers, contract carriers and processors. Serves as a lead-worker over Agricultural Environmental Specialists 1, 2 and 3. Trains persons in these positions utilizing technical knowledge of regulatory programs and investigative techniques. May assist the AES manager in handling administrative functions for the district, including but not limited to reviewing inspection reports and compiling numbers of inspections and samples. Serve as the Department’s liaison with other local, state and/or federal agencies which may be involved in investigations. Establish inspection schedule and workload priorities as related to special investigations. Collect and collate all information obtained during investigations. Perform any necessary technical research, and prepares final investigation report. Perform any other duties related to the performance and resolution of special investigations. Other duties as may be assigned. Functional Requirements:

Moderate light lifting, 30 pounds with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds or more
Reaching above shoulders
Climbing stairs and occasionally ladders
Sit over a long period of time at work station or in a vehicle to travel
Drive a vehicle to perform inspections and investigations
Requires considerable walking over irregular ground and standing for a long period of time.
Lifting items such as tools, computer, scanner, luggage or other items used to travel and perform duties.
Statewide travel may be required
Maintain a state vehicle used in performance of duties
Make inspections of fields on horseback
Environmental Factors:

Occasional excessive heat and humidity.
May be required to wear appropriate safety protection.
Working indoors and outdoors.
Working around routine neighborhood residential hazards.
Occasionally working in moderately cold temperatures for short periods of time.
May be exposed to grain dust, bad odors from farm animals, chemicals, fertilizer and other agricultural materials.