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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 569J
Category: Agricultural Operations


Forecasts pest and invasive species threats, and, in consultation with managerial and policy personnel, designs systems to resolve quarantine or trade phytosanitary issues. Serves as a primary interpreter of scientific research and a technical resource for policy makers. Conducts applied research and development activities.

Typical Work

Performs original evaluations of techniques and technology for use in program activities;

Develops methodology, informational material, web content and other intellectual products to support program activities;

Designs and implements monitoring programs to ensure compliance with state and federal natural resource regulations and requirements, including statewide National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit(s);

Functions as a department expert for communicating regionally, nationally and internationally with researchers and various officials on scientific issues and State and national regulatory subjects;

Interacts with academic researchers, government researchers and subject matter experts;
Assesses feasibility of survey strategies;

Manages work conducted within a statewide fruit tree and/or planting stock certification project;

Travels to locations in the state and outside of the state to assess and evaluate pest populations and to evaluate field projects to provide input;

Compiles, analyzes and reports data on organisms of regulatory importance to satisfy state, federal and international reporting responsibilities;

Supervise assigned personnel.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a biologicalscience or closely allied field


Four years’ experience in pest and/orinvasive species taxonomy, methods development and design of survey protocols.


Equivalent education/experience

Class Specification History

New class: 7-11-03
New class code: (formerly 44772) effective July 1, 2007
Revised typical work, desirable qualifications: adopted June 22, 2023, Effective July 1, 2023.