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Date:  May 26, 2023

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  27595

 Agency:  Department of Agriculture 
Closing Date/Time: 06/12/2023 
Salary:  $4,722-$6,756/anticipated monthly starting salary  
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time  
County:  Cook; DuPage  
Number of Vacancies:  1  
Plan/BU:  RC029


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through SuccessFactors.  Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number #27595


This position serves in a regional capacity. Persons serving in this role are required to assume residency in one of the counties identified under the Conditions of Employment section which include: Cook and DuPage County and will be required to work from their home location as a base of daily operational headquarters to service their designated worksites.


Position Overview

The Bureau of Environmental Programs is seeking an employee to a bilingual employee to fulfill the role of Plant and Pesticide Specialist. Plant and Pesticide Specialists work in the field administering pesticide applicator and operator testing for certification and licensing, investigate reports of pesticide use and misuse, conduct annual inspections of nursery stock products for injurious pests and diseases, and participate in the detection and control of exotic pests such as the emerald ash borer and the Asian long-horned beetle. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, able to communicate daily with the public and be self-sufficient by being able to manage their own workload. We welcome interested applicants to apply for this position to work inside this unique environment.

Job Responsibilities


  1. Travels to investigate pesticide complaints or incidents, violations and accidents. 

  2. Responsible for planning and conducting training, testing and licensing programs for pesticide applicators and operators. May travel to complete these duties. 

  3. Travels to conduct examinations of nursery and greenhouse stock for insect pests and plant disease.

  4. Travels to inspect marketplace establishments and retail stores for pesticide inventory, label review, illegal pesticides and damaged containers..

  5. Responsible for planning and conducting statewide Federal Worker Protection Standards (WPS) programs.

  6. Travels to conduct quarantine programs in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture and other federal, state and local organizations.

  7. Screen plant commodity shipments for compliance with importing countries and state laws.

  8. Maintain Authorized Certification Official (ACO) accreditation as well as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) inspection credentials.

  9. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of college, preferably with coursework in entomology, horticulture, botany, agronomy or related fields.
  2. Requires six (6) months’ professional experience in a related field or the successful completion of an agency approved training program.
  3. Requires the ability to speak, read and write Spanish at a colloquial skill level.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers working knowledge of the effects of pesticides on plants, people and environment.
  2. Prefers elementary knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing the use, potential misuse, storage, and registration of pesticides.
  3. Prefers elementary knowledge of industry practices and methods related to the nursery, greenhouse and green industry with emphasis in the control and movement of plants and plant parts. 
  4. Prefers elementary knowledge of basic principles and practices of insect pests, plant diseases, and related investigative methods and controls.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver's license.
  2. Requires ability to travel and be on travel status when indicated.
  3. Requires the ability to drive for long periods of time.
  4. Requires the ability to lift and carry minimum of 50 lbs of weight.
  5. Requires the ability to work in environments with dust, work outside during all seasons and handle products such as fertilizer and agri-chemicals.
  6. Requires the ability to obtain accreditation as an Authorized Certification Official (ACO) and federal environmental protection agency inspector within twenty-four (24) months of hire.
  7. Requires residency in Cook County or DuPage County.
  8. Requires the ability to successfully pass a background check.
  9. Requires the ability to successfully pass a pre-employment physical. 


Work Hours:  8:00am-4:30pm/Monday-Friday  
Work Location: 801 E Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62702-1813  
Agency Contact:

Bureau of Human Resources


Phone #:217-785-5099

Job Function:  Environmental & Natural Resources  


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).


Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this

position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during 
State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, 
prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive 
Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.


The Illinois Department of Agriculture (AGR) administers an annual budget of more than $100 million and employs more than 300 people statewide, with several hundred more temporary employees hired during the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair.  Separate bureaus administer programs and services directed at conserving the state's land and water resources; protecting the health and welfare of livestock and companion animals; overseeing state and county fairs; regulating seed, feed and fertilizer products; ensuring the financial stability of grain dealers and warehouses; promoting Illinois food and agricultural products; and operating the state's horse racing program.  


AGR values employees with different backgrounds, life experiences, and talents.  


AGR offers a robust benefit package including; 

  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules in many program areas
  • Health, life, vision, and dental insurance
  • 10 Weeks paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Pension Plan
  • Deferred Compensation, and other pre-tax benefit programs
  • Employees earn twelve (12) paid sick days annually
  • Ten to twenty-five (10-25) paid vacation days based on years of service
  • Employees earn three (3) paid personal days pro-rated based on start date
  • Thirteen - Fourteen (13-14) paid state holidays annually


If this opportunity appeals to you, please apply today!




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