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Insect Pest Trapper – Apple Maggot

Salary: $16.52 – $20.33 Hourly
Location: Multiple Locations – Eastern Washington, WA
Job Type: Full Time –  Non-Permanent -This is a full-time seasonal position from June – September 28th 2023
Job Number: 2024-04649
Department: Dept. of Agriculture
Division: Plant Protection – Pest Program
Opening Date: 04/12/2024
Closing Date: Continuous
Category: Environmental Services / Agriculture / Green-Collar/Environmental



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Apply Now! This recruitment will stay open until filled. 
This posting will be used to fiil multiple positions.


AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.

The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page.

For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at

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The Plant Protection Division is hiring Insect Pest Trapper ‘s for the Apple Maggot Season in the Pest Program!

The Pest Program conducts surveys, diagnostics and control activities for pests and diseases of important agricultural commodities throughout Washington State.  Pest Program employees conduct surveys for northern giant hornet, Japanese beetle, spongy moth, apple maggot, Phytophthora ramorum, Spartina and other invasive insect pests, diseases, and noxious weeds.  Some employees work in the Plant Pest and Molecular Diagnostics Lab, or the Entomology labs in Olympia or Yakima to provide diagnostics of survey samples.   Others assist with control and eradication efforts for northern, giant hornet, Japanese beetle, spongy moth, invasive snails, Spartina and knotweed.  Regardless of the threat, Pest program employees use cutting edge technology, scientific processes, and teamwork to protect some of Washington’s most valuable agricultural crops.

The Insect Pest Trappers will follow scientific protocols to conduct surveys for target pest species, primarily apple maggot and other Tephritidae flies in an assigned geographical area. This is a full-time seasonal position from June – September 28th 2023. Insect Pest Trappers will typically work Monday-Thursday, 6:00am- 5:00pm shifts each week. 

Position and Salary Information

WSDA is recruiting for multiple non-permanent  full-time Insect Pest Trapper positions within the Pest Program in the Plant Protection Division. These positions are approved for home duty stations in the following counties – Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Grant, Benton, Franklin,  Walla Walla as well as Yakima. These positions are represented by Washington Federation of State Employees.

The base pay offered will take into account internal equity and may vary depending on the preferred candidate’s job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The typical starting salary range for these positions is: $16.52  Step D – $19.85 Step L hourly. 

Employee Benefits
  • A healthy work/life balance, which may include flexible work schedules, and teleworking.
  • WSDA provides an excellent benefits package beyond traditional benefits. State employment offers Dependent Care Assistance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Deferred Compensation, Employee Recognition Leave; click here for more information.
  • Paid Holidays & Vacation and Leave Accruals during current season’s employment.
  • All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required will be provided by the agency.
  • Commute Trip Reduction Program. 

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Some of what you will do:

  • Select trap sites for effective trap placement and coverage.
  • Place insect detection traps at required densities and by program deadlines in assigned geographical location.
  • Collection of data points with minimal margin of error.
  • Efficient monitoring of traps.
  • Report suspect insect specimens immediately.
  • Remove all traps by program deadlines.
  • Contact property owners to inform them of the project goals and objectives and to solicit permission to place traps.
  • May work in laboratory to help identify suspect insect specimens using a microscope.
  • The use of assigned technology and programs to map and locate trap sites.
  • Plan and execute an efficient trap line, collect accurate data, photo document sites, insects, plant hosts & trapping activities.
  • Daily completion of “End of Day Reporting” form and submission of hours worked in PISCES.



Required Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age 

  •  Valid unrestricted  driver’s license.

  • Graduation from high school or GED.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally

Preferred / Desired Qualifications: 

  • Completed courses in entomology, a biological science, or closely related field.

  • Experience conducting scientific field work and data collection. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Behaviors
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.  
  • Willingness to work independently outdoors in rural or semi-rural settings even in inclement weather. 
  • Willingness to spend long hours looking through microscopes and photographing insects. 
  • Ability to relay and communicate tactfully and confidently technical or scientific information to the public and other stakeholders.
  • Must possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to manipulate, maneuver, adjust and control small objects with coordination, such as entering data on iPhone and manipulate a computer keyboard.
  • Possess sufficient judgement and reasoning skills to recognize and correct errors as they occur.


Supplemental Information


How to apply:

You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
Applications with comments “see attachments” will be considered incomplete.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email


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.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences. We strive to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, genetics, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


We believe in the importance of recognizing the value each of us contribute to the success of the agency mission. Having a diverse workforce is this agency’s greatest resource of strength and knowledge. It is through the combination of talents and abilities that we can pursue finding effective measures to provide the best customer service. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone and we strongly mean everyone.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at
Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, 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 Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

Veteran’s Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran’s Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.


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