Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Pesticide Registration Specialist) in Oregon


The Oregon Department of Agriculture is seeking a highly motivated individual to join a great team of employees with strong commitments to ensure food safety, consumer protection, protect natural resources and promote economic development in Oregon.

This recruitment is for a permanent, full-time, classified position in the department’s Natural Resource Program Area, Pesticide program and is located in Salem, Oregon.  This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates and will be used to fill an immediate vacancy and may be used for any future vacancies.Click here to apply for the position.

Deadline: November 13, 2016

Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%.  Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

This mission of the Pesticide Program is to protect humans and the environment from the adverse impacts of pesticides while maintaining the availability of appropriate pesticides as a tool for the production of agricultural and forest crops, the protection of food supplies, structures and human health, and other beneficial uses. Pesticides are regulated on many different levels, including production, labeling, distribution, storage, disposal and use. The position is directly involved in obtaining compliance with state and federal laws. Persons in this position provide information on associated regulations, and review and act on requests for product registration.  They also provide information on product properties, pesticide residue tolerances, safety measures and lawful use to others in the department, other agencies, product users, and the public. Duties performed are in accordance with federal and state regulatory requirements, rules and polices.

Duties & Responsibilities

This position conducts activities relating to pesticide registration. This position provides pesticide label interpretation, educates pesticide users about issues such as off-target movement of pesticides, and protecting and improving water quality. Activities include interaction with staff of federal, state and local agencies, as well as with pesticide users and registrants.

This position is expected to conduct educational efforts using a variety of media, including: oral presentations, writing newsletter articles and other printed matter, and developing visual materials. This position may assist with developing study materials and exams needed for pesticide applicator examinations. This position may also assist with the development of pollinator protection plans.

Duties include:

Communication, Testing and Outreach Materials
– Develop study materials to be used as a basis for pesticide applicator and apprentice examinations.
– Develop and revise exam questions.
– Write and update manuals, brochures, fact sheets and other educational materials.
– Coordinate review of written materials within and outside the agency.
– Help develop plans which may involve pollinator protection, water quality, or other issues.
– Work with stakeholder groups on plan development.
– Conduct educational efforts using a variety of media, including: oral presentations, writing newsletter articles and other printed matter, and developing visual materials.

Annual Pesticide Product Registration
– Evaluate pesticide product market label compliance with the EPA-approved label.
-Ensure market labels meet EPA’s and ODA’s standards and requirements, and comply with any legal or regulatory actions. Communicate the information and fees required for ODA registration.
-Track the registration status of ODA registrations, which may involve requesting or independently locating additional documentation.
-Contact EPA product managers, pesticide registrants or others, when necessary.
-Identify, review and report on pesticide registration issues, including product or use cancelations, tolerance actions, and special registrations, to department staff and stakeholders.

Other Activities
– Conduct other activities pertaining to functions of the Pesticides Program and of the department as assigned by management.

Customer Service
Demonstrates and fosters an attitude of being open and friendly to agency customers in complying with existing regulations and procedures, etc.

Work Environment
Demonstrates the ability to appropriately handle stress and interact with others, including co-workers, stakeholders, and the public.

Working Conditions
Position requires work in both field and office environments.  Work under field conditions or driving great distances may occasionally be required.Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of experience working in natural resource issues involving pesticide products.  At least one year of experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities;

AND a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, crop science, soil science, natural resource science, or agricultural science, OR three additional years of related (pertinent) experience.

A Master’s degree in the above listed disciplines will substitute for 1 year of required experience.

NOTE:  To receive credit for all required/related coursework without a degree, a photocopy of transcripts is required.

Additional Information

To apply for this position, follow the “Apply” link above to complete the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted.

Resumes will not replace the completed “Work Experience” section in your online application. Be sure to indicate your experience based on a 40-hour workweek.  (Example:  20 hours a week for one year would equate to six-months full time work experience.)  You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions.

Employment with the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture may be contingent on the outcome of a DMV check.  Driving records will be reviewed for finalists applying for positions which require driving as an essential function.  By submitting your application, you authorize the Department to conduct a DMV check.

If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job posting, please go to Adding and Removing Attachments to a Profile and Job Posting for further instructions. This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQs then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach any required documents. Responses to the “Supplemental Questions” will be reviewed to determine if you will be invited for an interview for the position. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for higher education coursework (official or unofficial at the time of application).

If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veteran’s preference points will be added to your score.  To receive veteran’s preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension; AND a copy of your veteran’s disability letter from the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veteran’s preference points visit and select veteran’s preference.

The state of Oregon requires all applications have a valid email address. Communication to applicants from Oregon Department of Agriculture may occur via email, letter, or telephone.

If you do not currently have an email address and do not know where to go to get one, please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQs web page, question #14, to view several internet providers where you can get a free email account. The state of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice.

If you have a disability or otherwise require an application in an alternate format in order to complete the process, you may contact:

Oregon Department of Agriculture
Human Resources Office
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone (503) 986-4584


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