Agricultural Specialist I - CPD

Cooperative Agricultural Support Services Authorit
Palm Desert, CA
United States
Job Description



POSITION TITLE:               Agricultural Specialist I - CPD - Temporary

DEPARTMENT:                   Citrus Program

LOCATION:                         Palm Desert

REPORTS TO:                      Lead Agricultural Specialist or Designee

FLSA STATUS:                     Full-time, Temporary, Non-Exempt

COMPENSATION:              Pay Rate:   $16.28 - $19.78/Hour

The Cooperative Agricultural Support Services (CASS) is a Joint Powers Authority that was originally formed as a partnership between the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Counties of Yolo and Trinity. Since then, CASS’ services have expanded throughout California to support the agricultural industry and the consumers of its products by providing human resources and administrative support services. CASS’ program activities include agricultural inspection, pest prevention, and other programs administered by CDFA, county agricultural commissioners, and other public agencies. Our current work includes:

  • Agricultural Commodity Grading Program
  • Grading using County, State, and Federal standards
  • Emergency Pest Detection Trapping and Survey program
  • Professional Develop and Educational Training

We seek an enthusiastic Agricultural Specialist to join our Citrus Program Team in the Palm Desert area. This position reports directly to the Program Supervisor.



  • Follow established protocols for trapping and survey work.
  • Safely operate and maintain a motor vehicle to travel to designated work areas.
  • Service traps perform insect sweeps and visually inspect local plant hosts for target pest damage.
  • Remove suspect plant and insect samples from foliage or a variety of insect collection tools and check for target pests.
  • Draw and follow maps when performing field activities. Use GPS technology to site-register and package samples. Maintain site location and sample integrity.
  • Keep daily reports of work completed, i.e., number of traps serviced, properties treated, acreage surveyed, samples collected, and other information as needed.
  • Screen wet and dry traps for target pests (plant and insect). Examine the contents of traps to make a preliminary identification of specimens that resemble target pests.
  • Take prescribed action when a preliminary identification of a target pest is made which may include but is not limited to, drawing a map of the find site, completing a Pest Detection Report form, and placing the sample in an appropriate container.
  • Initiate contact with a property owner or representative to conduct a visual survey, place traps, or carry out eradication activities.
  • Briefly answer questions about the survey and pest detection projects and/or refer the questionnaire to the appropriate individual for information.
  • Interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Assist with the transport of vehicles to service or storage facilities. Perform daily vehicle safety and fluid level checks. Clean vehicle interior and truck bed of debris.
  • Clean, repair, and store all equipment daily. Notify the team lead or supervisor when equipment needs repair or replacement.
  • Attendance, punctuality, and dependability are essential to this position.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work environment
  • Self-Starter and proactive
  • Excellent Oral and Written      Communication skills
  • Excellent Time Management and      Organizational skills


  • This position requires travel, including overnight and extended stays.
  • Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to clients including cultural and ethical beliefs; and implements care in a thorough, skillful, consistent, and continuous manner.


The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to operate a desktop computer using a keyboard and mouse; employ repetitive arm and wrist motions; occasionally bend, stoop, twist, reach; and lift file or supply boxes of up to twenty-five pounds.