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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; 

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; 

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

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




Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 7-11-03
New class code: (formerly 44772) effective July 1, 2007