Careers in the Plant Sciences

Associate Seed Botanist

California Department of Food and Agriculture - Sacramento, California, United States of America

Position Title: Associate Seed Botanist
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017
Institution: California Department of Food and Agriculture
Department/Division: Seed Science, Plant Pest Diagnostics Center
Field (e.g., systematics): Seed Botanist
City: Sacramento, California, United States of America
General Information: The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) currently has an open exam bulletin for the Associate Seed Botanist classification and further down in this posting is the web link where you may access the official bulletin for complete details.

CDFA MISSION STATEMENT:

To serve the citizens of California by promoting and protecting a safe, healthy food supply, and enhancing local and global agricultural trade, through efficient management, innovation and sound science, with a commitment to environmental stewardship.

CDFA VISION STATEMENT:

To be recognized as the most highly respected agricultural agency in the world by leading and excelling in the programs and services delivered to meet the needs for the growing local and global food and agricultural system.

GOALS OF THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE:

Ensure that only safe and quality food reaches the consumer.
Protect against invasion of exotic pests and diseases.
Promote California agriculture and food products both at home and abroad.
Ensure an equitable and orderly marketplace for California's agricultural products.
Build coalitions supporting the state's agricultural infrastructure to meet evolving industry needs.
Qualifications/Requirements: Either I - One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Seed Botanist.

Or II - Experience:
Two years of experience conducting seed identification, germination, and/or research gained after obtaining a master's degree. and
Education: Possession of a Master's Degree or its equivalency from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree approved by the California Superintendent of Public Instruction under the provisions of California Education Code Section 94310.2 in Botany or a biological science including at least 20 units in the plant sciences.

Or III - Possession of a Doctoral Degree or its equivalency from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree approved by the California Superintendent of Public Instruction under the provisions of California Education Code Section 94310.2 in Botany or a biological science including at least 20 units in the plant sciences.

NOTE: SUBMISSION OF TRANSCRIPTS IS REQUIRED TO VERIFY THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN A DELAY OF YOUR APPROVAL TO COMPETE IN THE EXAMINATION.
Responsibilities: Incumbents perform highly specialized and complex analyses, evaluations, and research on an independent basis. Incumbents also use laboratory, greenhouse, and test plot techniques to evaluate complex seed problems, maintain and catalogue specimens and current literature, and may supervise and train lower level Seed Botanists, support staff, and others.

Incumbents identify native and foreign seeds of both crop and weed plants; maintain information relative to seeds of injurious plants existing in California, other states, and foreign countries; perform seed germination and seed viability analyses and evaluations; perform applied and/or basic research related to seed diseases, taxonomy, or germination; develop new procedures for germination or taxonomic identification; prepare reports of findings to be published in recognized scientific publications; develop and maintain reference collections of seeds (herbarium) and literature; train Federal, State, and county personnel in seed taxonomy and germination; and serve as consultants to county departments of agriculture, agribusiness, and the general public on seed problems.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Submit a Standard State Application (STD. form 678), Supplemental Application, and your college transcripts to the California Department of Food and Agriculture no later than the Final Filing Date, Friday, June 30, 2017.

• Standard State Application (STD. form 678) is available through the internet at https://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf
• Supplemental Application which is contained within the Associate Seed Botanist exam bulletin. Applicants who do not submit a
Supplemental Application will be disqualified.
• All applications must include “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year) and time base. Applications received without this information
may be rejected.
• Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed State Application, (STD. form 678).

By mail/In person:
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Examination Unit, Attn: Ricardo Gonzales
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 403-6584
By e-mail: exams@cdfa.ca.gov
Compensation Range: $5,011-$6,219 monthly - Health, Vision, Dental, Retirement, Vacation, Sick Leave, and other benefits as well.
Contact Name: Ricardo Gonzales, exams@cdfa.ca.gov