State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PEST BIOLOGIST 1
Supervises temporary and intermittent employees;
Schedules and coordinates field survey activities or laboratory processes;
Under supervision, conducts mapping, survey and eradication activities statewide;
Identifies supply and equipment needs for assigned activities;
Plans mapping procedures, data handling, and provides assigned budget estimates;
Participates in field and laboratory identification of invasive or pest species;
Cooperates with other state agencies and the Attorney General’s office to ensure project compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
Assists in planning and maintenance activities for nursery plots, registered foundation seed and scion blocks and index blocks under planting stock certification projects;
Collects samples for diagnostic lab tests;
Ensures compliance with state and federal quarantines by carrying out inspections and takes corrective action for violations;
Writes assigned reports;
Identifies, collects, releases, and monitors biological control agents and maintains biocontrol rearing facilities;
Performs other duties as required.
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in a biological science or closely allied field
Two years’ experience in detection, survey, control or eradication of pest or invasive species, including coursework.
Graduate level education may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.
Class Specification History
New class code: (formerly 44770) effective July 1, 2007
Revised definition, typical work, desirable qualification: adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.