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NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Temp Asst Horticultural Inspector 1, NS in Ithaca, New York

Department Summary: The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards the State's food supply, land and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York's agriculture industries.

If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the people of New York State by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, nutritious and accessible food supply; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents, then the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is for you.

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Job Summary: The Department is seeking several temporary Assistant Horticultural Inspectors to join our Division of Plant Industry to conduct field surveys for presence of plant diseases and invasive species that affect various plants and crops in NYS. Specifically, these positions will be responsible for surveying for the Spotted Lantern Fly, Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), European Cherry Fruit Fly, Plum Pox Virus, and Fruit Certification.

These positions are in Albany, Broome, Niagara, Onondaga, Suffolk, Tompkins, and Ulster Counties. These positions will start with a schedule of Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week while being trained for a duration of two to three months. Once training is complete, the schedule will change to Friday-Monday, 10 hours per day for work on the Asian Longhorned Beetle Program.

Majority of work is conducted walking and standing outside in all weather conditions. Positions run from April/May to September/October depending on survey and funding. Some positions can accommodate students on summer recess from college. Overnight travel may be required.

These positions are in the PEF Bargaining Unit.

Specific duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

+ deploying traps and lures in support of various surveys under established protocols and direction

+ visually surveying for the presence of various pests to assist in identifying plant diseases and insects

+ collecting samples of soil, leaves, seed or other agricultural commodities

+ labeling and packing samples for submission to the laboratory for analysis

+ accurately recording survey data and information

+ assisting in data entry of survey information, crop history, dates of survey, field size, treatments and lab results

+ properly mapping properties, trees and species and where they are located to detect, eradicate or control plant pests in an assigned geographic area

+ reporting quantity and disposition of samples to supervisor and/or program manager

+ disinfesting equipment and machinery; cleaning and maintaining survey equipment.

Minimum Qualifications: You must have thirty college credits, in any subject.

Preferred Qualifications: Thirty college credits in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science, or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants. Possession of a current, valid driver's license and use of a vehicle.

How to Apply: Candidates that are eligible and interested in being considered for appointment to these positions must complete our online employment application and upload their cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to the system. Please indicate which location/locations you are interested in. Our online employment application can be found HERE. The deadline to apply is June 3, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Maya Sutton in Human Resources at (518) 457-5986 or