Investigator IV (Walterboro, SC)
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
1. JOB PURPOSE
This position fulfills Clemson University's oldest public-service mandates: the assurance of quality, purity, and proper use of the production materials that sustain South Carolina agriculture. The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day investigation and inspection activities related to the enforcement of State, Federal, and International quarantines and the permitting process governing the shipment of plant materials into and out of South Carolina. Regulatory Specialists position also implements regulations governing more contemporary issues such as transgenic plants and the detections and control of exotic and invasive pests. The unique skills, knowledge, and abilities developed by employees in this position also makes the specialist an important components of the University's Homeland Security activities related to the security of the equipment and materials necessary for their production and use, and the early detection of plant pathogens or pests that could cause substantial economic damage to SC and the United States in the event of a terrorist attack on agriculture or related industrial sectors.
The plant pest regulatory specialist must have comprehensive knowledge and broad expertise in plant agriculture as well as knowledge of investigative and regulatory procedures. He or she is an agent of the SC Crop Pest Commission, a subdivision of the Clemson University Board of Trustees. This position serves an assigned territory of several counties but will also work as necessary or assigned in locations throughout the state.
2. JOB FUNCTIONS
All job duties listed below will be conducted in strict compliance with modern investigative techniques and accepted procedures with respect to the collection of evidence and the protection of the rights of all persons involved in the matter under investigation whether they are under suspicion or not.
Inspect and review business records and physical facilities of farms, nurseries, and other industrial and production locations for compliance with State and Federal regulations. Conduct interviews, obtain affidavits, review records physical and documentary evidence. E/25%
Conduct surveys and inspections to detect plant pests and pathogens and to support ongoing plant protection, quarantine and eradication efforts (e.g. Phony Peach Disease, Plum Pox Virus, Sudden Oak Death Syndrome, Emerald Ash Borer, Boll Weevil). Monitor traps and obtain samples of plant materials from nurseries, orchards, farms and other production or distribution sites. E/25%
Participate in educational and public-outreach activities for the Department of Plant Industry and in cooperation with other elements of Clemson University and, where appropriate and requested, other state agencies. These activities may include such things as home shows, mass-media appearances, classroom presentations, or other educational efforts. E/10%
Conduct nursery and greenhouse inspections necessary for issuing import permits, export certificates, or compliance agreements. E/10%
Conduct surveys and inspections to detect invasive species and introduced pests and pathogens. Inspections may include obtaining samples from nurseries, beehives, ponds, forests, farms and similar sites. E/10%
SC CROP PROTECTION ACT/OTHER
Conduct inspections interviews, and surveillance to determine compliance with the South Carolina Crop Protection Act and other related legislation. E/5%
Implement Homeland Security agricultural-terrorism prevention initiatives with respect to pesticides, fertilizers, plant and animal diseases, and seeds. Provide assistance as requested by the State Agro-terrorism Preventive and Food Safety Committee and the State Agriculture Response Team. E/5%
Write comprehensive narrative reports detailing the findings of each inspection or investigation. Reports must be grammatically correct, factually accurate, and draw conclusions legally supportable from the evidence developed or obtained during inspections or investigation. E/5%
Other related duties as instructed. May be assigned special projects and take advantage of their unique skills and interests, and are occasionally called on to assist other units within the Division of Regulatory and Public Service Programs with their programs. E/5%
A high school diploma and experience conducting investigations or performing other law enforcement duties. A bachelor's degree may be substituted for the required work experience.
REQUIRED LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS:
Must have an acceptable driving record and hold a valid drivers license.
PREFERRED IN ADDITION TO THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Eight years experience in conducting investigations or performing other law enforcement or regulatory functions or Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural or other biological science and related 4 years work experience. Master of Science degree in entomology, plant pathology or related field.
The incumbent in this position will: plan and organize the total duties associated with all DPI programs and activities within assigned district; plan and conduct certification and compliance inspections for plant nurseries, greenhouse operations, sod/turf producers, and other growers and distributors of plants and plant products. Participate in planning and administering duties associated with state and federal regulations and quarantines; enforces state and federal law governing movement of plants and invasive species.
PAY & WORK SCHEDULE:
Standard Hrs: 37.5; Band: 06 $ 40,384.00
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Ability to drive a car or light truck safely. Must have an acceptable driving record and hold a valid drivers license. 2. Verbal and written fluency in technical, scientific, and vernacular English. 3. Ability to effectively interact with a broad range of individuals of varying cultural and educational backgrounds in the regulatory context.4. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other State Agencies, the regulated community, general public, and local mass media.
Guidelines and Supervision:
1. Work independently while maintaining a professional demeanor and consistently exercising good judgment in stressful situations.
2. Must be able to manage a large number of complex and sensitive issues simultaneously.
1. Ability to traverse moderate distances while moving equipment or samples not weighing more than 40 pounds across agricultural fields, forests, and similar undeveloped areas. Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather.
August 13, 2014
This position will be based in Walterboro, SC.
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