State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PEST BIOLOGIST 3
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.
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;
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;
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;
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.
A graduate level degree in a biological science or closely allied field
Four years experience in pest and/or invasive species taxonomy, methods development and design of survey protocols
Class Specification History
New class: 7-11-03
New class code: (formerly 44772) effective July 1, 2007