Pest Biologist 3

The Washington State Department of Agriculture serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is seeking a highly motivated and independent individual for advancement as a supervisor in the Plant Protection Division - Pest Program.

The mission of the Pest Program is to protect the agriculture, environment and natural resources of Washington State by preventing the introduction and spread of high risk invasive insects, terrestrial snails, plant diseases and noxious weeds.  The Pest Biologist 3 contributes to this mission by supervising programs that prevent the introduction and spread of a select group of highly destructive invasive insects.  Moreover, this position contributes to the continued export of the state's agriculture by maintaining the pest free areas of the state.

The Pest Biologist 3 (PB 3) serves as a project manager for several invasive insect pest detection and certification programs aimed at protecting the states agriculture and environment.  The successful candidate will oversee a staff of several entomologists, 5 field supervisors and 30 to 40 non-permanent employees.  The position will work with government agencies, industry, stakeholders in other states and foreign countries to facilitate compliance with trade requirements that allow the continued export of state agricultural products.

This position is a full time permanent position located in Yakima, Washington.

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Include but not limited to:

  • Supervises permanent and non-permanent employees by assigning project goals and activities, provides training.  Works with managing entomologist on the allocation of project resources.
  • Provides taxonomic services and supervises insect identification to WSDA programs, industry and other government programs and agencies.
  • Reviews regulatory requirements for program compliance with state and federal agricultural quarantines.
  • Reviews scientific research and risk analyses on exotic insect pests to inform decisions about program priorities and to select high priority species targets that pose the greatest threat to Washington state and the western U.S.
  • Oversees the development of work plans and financial plans for procuring funds for several projects that prevent the introduction and spread of a select group of invasive insects and snails.
  • Meets project reporting requirements including completion of semi-annual and annual summary reports and public presentations at professional meetings.
  • Serves as primary contact for the apple pest certification program with other government agencies, industry and the public by participating in meetings discussing management priorities, project development and field operations.
  • Reviews the results generated from project data and makes recommendations to the managing entomologist on future agency operations.
  • Work in conjunction with federal/state agencies/programs, university research, and industry leaders on emerging issues that may affect stakeholders and public interests.  Serves on county pest and disease boards and other advisory groups as requested.
  • Convenes interview panels for the selection and hiring of key positions within three to five entomology programs.
  • Works with WSDA's communications staff developing outreach materials on project goals and operations.  These activities may include; media interviews; written notifications to stakeholders, public officials and the public; supervising public open houses; creation of pamphlets and posters; entomology program web pages; and social media.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in entomology, or closely allied field.


  • Two years' experience in project management in the field of entomology.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in Entomology or closely allied field or four years' experience in project management, insect pest and/or invasive species taxonomy, methods development and design of survey protocols.


To take advantage of Veteran's preference, please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22. Please blackout your social security number and date of birth before attaching.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.
If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Lisa Biscay, Recruiter, at (360) 902-2020 or Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email
The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months. 
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If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email


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Washington State Department of Agriculture
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Lisa Biscay
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