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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 569I
Category: Agricultural Operations


Under supervision of a higher level Pest Biologist, conducts field operations to survey for pest or invasive species and carries out field operations to eradicate invasive species using biological, chemical, or mechanical methods.  Conducts inspections of public, private, and commercial property for the presence of pest or invasive species and for compliance with quarantines or other phytosanitary regulations. Supervises Pest Biologist 1s and/or field or laboratory personnel.

Typical Work

Designs surveys to detect invasive species and develops protocols to satisfy international and national phytosanitary regulations; 

Directs field activities associated with statewide survey projects; 

Analyzes collected data; 

Selects specialized procedures and techniques used in the laboratory or field identification of invasive pest species; 

Evaluates the feasibility of eradicating individual invasive species; 

Prepares and conducts invasive species identification training for personnel in the agency and stakeholder groups; 

Prepares SEPA, NEPA, and other pertinent environmental documentation; 

Manages statewide fruit tree and plant stock certification projects; 

Represents the department at public meetings, news media events and other meetings; 

Interacts with news media as department representative; 

Assists in the development of grants, budgets and rules; 

Develops field protocols; 

Supervises assigned personnel; 

Issues phytosanitary certificates; 

Prepares reports as assigned; 

Other duties as assigned.

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 Bachelor’s degree involving major study in a biological science or closely allied field




Four years experience in detection, survey, control or eradication of pest or invasive species. 




One year of supervisory experience.




A graduate degree in a biological science or closely allied field,




Two years experience in detection, survey, control or eradication of pest or invasive species. 




One year of supervisory experience.




Two years of experience as a Pest Biologist 1.

Class Specification History

New class: 7-11-03
New class code: (formerly 44771) effective July 1, 2007