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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 569H
Category: Agricultural Operations


Under close 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.

Typical Work

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.

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


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: 7-11-03
New class code: (formerly 44770) effective July 1, 2007
Revised definition, typical work, desirable qualification: adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.