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ABOLISHED 12/01/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-04 - Program Specialist, Agricultural Chemicals (0380)

ABOLISHED 12/01/2014 PER PAY LETTER 15-04 -Program Specialist, Agricultural Chemicals

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: AG10
  • Class Code: 0380
  • Established: 11/02/1961
  • Revised: 03/04/1970
  • Title Changed: 03/04/1970


Under general direction to serve as the program development specialist and departmental consultant for the statewide programs pertaining to pesticides, fertilizing materials, agricultural minerals and similar materials; to evaluate existing programs for uniformity of administration and to make recommendations for changes in programs to meet departmental needs; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Serves as the staff specialist on statewide regulatory programs pertaining to pesticides, commercial fertilizers, agricultural minerals, auxiliary plant chemicals, soil amendments and related materials; passes upon problems, settles disputes, interprets provisions of the Agricultural Code and rules and regulations, and recommends inspection policies and procedures; assists in the preparation of manuals and training of inspectors in sampling and inspection methods; interprets laboratory findings; coordinates the preparation of evidence and documents for legal action on violations; coordinates inspection activities with other inspection agencies.


Assists the Chief with administrative duties and acts for the Chief as assigned; conducts meetings with industry members and other agencies involved in inspection and enforcement problems; assists in holding hearings and in preparation of rules and regulations; prepares preliminary budge: requirements and controls expenditures; consults and confers with departmental staff, local government and the industry on matters pertaining to agricultural chemicals; makes special studies or investigations as assigned; prepares reports and correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of the class Area Supervisor, Feed and Agricultural Chemicals. or


Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of the class Field Supervisor, Agricultural Pest Control Work. or


Three years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of the class Senior Inspector, Feed and Agricultural Chemicals.



Experience: Five years of responsible supervisory or administrative experience in the inspection, manufacturing, sampling, processing or distributing fertilizing materials or pesticides. and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education on a year- for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Pesticides used in agriculture, commercial fertilizers, agricultural minerals, soil amendments, auxiliary plant chemicals and related materials; inspection and sampling methods for agricultural chemicals; provisions of the Agricultural Code and rules and regulations pertaining to pesticides, commercial fertilizers, and other agricultural chemicals; purposes and organization of Federal, State, and county agricultural inspection agencies; principles of personnel management and supervision; principles of administrative organization, budgeting, and business management.


Ability to: Plan and direct a statewide inspection program; hold administrative and fact-finding hearings; prepare reports, and speak and write effectively; coordinate inspection activities with Federal, State, and county agencies; analyze situations and take effective action.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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