Pesticide Compliance Specialist III

State of Utah

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Job Title: Pesticide Compliance Specialist III
Location: Taylorsville

Job Description:
Employee will function as unlicensed field representatives in implementing selected plant industry programs and regulations within assigned geographic areas. Monitor pesticides. Promote responsible agricultural production and commerce. Federal or State licensure is typically required for each major program, and incumbents at this level of the series actively work towards obtaining the necessary licenses to implement those selected programs as assigned. This level is distinguished from level II of the series in that work assignments do not include those functions requiring licensure (except for training purposes under the close supervision of a licensed employee).

Pricipal Duties:

Receives, researches and responds to incoming questions or complaints; provides information, explains policy and procedures, and/or facilitates a resolution.
Ensures compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations, and/or agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc.
Monitors and evaluates operations, programs, processes and/or practices for quality and effectiveness; makes recommendations for improvement.
Schedules and conducts inspections and/or investigations.
Gathers, identifies, and/or stores samples of materials to be tested on site or forwarded to a laboratory for testing.
Maintains detailed inspection or investigation records, prepares reports, and attends to other related administrative requirements.
Ideal Candidate:Has the strong ability to read laws and labels, and using that information is able to figure out if a pesticide product has been used or marketed correctly.
Comfortable with contacting individuals in the industry to schedule inspections, make unannounced inspections, write them up if potential violations are identified and fully explain why it’s a potential violation.
The ability to make a presentation in front of a group will be needed at times.
Has great time management skills and is self-motivated.
Has the ability to handle or diffuse a tense situation, yet know when to walk away since Compliance Specialists usually work alone.
Has the ability to write a detailed narrative, which would include a description of the inspection, oral or written statements, supporting evidence and relevant references to law and label.
Knows the difference between the words “herbicide”, “pesticide” and “insecticide”.
Why You Should Join Our Team:
A Compliance Specialist with the Pesticide Program helps to protect the people of Utah and its environment by offering compliance assistance and compliance enforcement to help ensure that the regulated communities are following state and federal pesticide laws. Regulated communities are spread throughout each Compliance Specialist’s area and include landscapers, exterminators, farmers, municipal agencies, retailers, manufacturers, sometimes homeowners and more. The Pesticide Program team is supportive and flexible. The work is varied and can be challenging in terms of learning/understanding the law and then communicating it to others.

The Agency:
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Typical Qualifications


The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
The ability to see details at a distance.
The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Supplemental Information

Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
Specific plant industry/agricultural licenses or certificates are required.
Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA53-3-202(1)(a).
Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.

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