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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 568H
Category: Agricultural Operations


Conducts insect trapping, sorting, sampling and other related field work in support of plant disease and/or insect detection and control program. Makes field inspections to ensure compliance with State laws pertaining to control of bee diseases.

Typical Work

Aids in entomological or plant pathological field work programs such as insect control and eradication and inspection of fruit trees for the presence of virus diseases;

Sets insect traps in designated area;

Collects insects from insect traps, sorts and maintains simple records as required;

Assists in special agricultural surveys;

Visits apiaries; opens hives; removes frames; examines brood for evidence of American Foul Brood, European Foul Brood and other diseases;

Marks hives of diseased bees for destruction; gives written report of findings to owner; rechecks to determine whether bees have been destroyed;

Advises beekeepers on methods of eradicating bee diseases;

Prepares inspection, time and mileage reports;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: different types of insects; bee industry; bee diseases and their control; State apiary laws and regulations.

Ability to: sort and classify different types of insects; set traps; provide surveillance over traps; accurately count and record findings; recognize American Foul Brood and other bee diseases; deal tactfully and effectively with beekeepers; prepare inspection, time and mileage reports; travel frequently and for extended periods.

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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from high school or GED.

Note: A valid Washington State driver's license is required.

Class Specification History

New class Effective April 9, 1982
Revised definition and title (formerly Entomologist Aide) January 13, 1984
New class code: (formerly 44600) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017; 26 increased to 27.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.