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Pesticide Use Investigator

  • Pesticide Use Investigator
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$36,360.00 – $57,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,515.00 – $2,408.00
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This is professional and technical work in the enforcement and administration of the Missouri Pesticide Use/Registration and Federal Insecticide/Fungicide/Rodenticide Acts within a designated area of the state.

An employee in this class independently investigates possible violations of state and federal pesticide statutes and conducts periodic inspections of pesticide producers, dealers and commercial applicators for compliance with established manufacturing, registration, licensure, usage, storage and disposal standards for pesticides. The employee also conducts random inspections for the presence of unregistered, canceled or restricted-use products in retail establishments offering pesticides for sale to the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of the program administrator and is primarily reviewed through the submission of activity, inspection and investigation reports; however, the employee exercises independence and initiative in the performance of assigned responsibilities within established guidelines.

Job Duties

Investigates public complaints and law enforcement agency referrals for possible violations of state and federal pesticide laws; collects written statements, physical and documentary evidence; prepares and submits detailed written reports.

Inspects pesticide applicators and dealers by reviewing use and sales records, licensure, storage areas and disposal practices for compliance with applicable statutes and standards.

Inspects retail establishments selling pesticides for unregistered, canceled or restricted-use pesticides.

Inspects pesticide producers and registrants for compliance with manufacturing and registration requirements; collects formulation and documentary samples.

Determines the severity of identified violations, resolving those not posing health or contamination risks; immediately reports serious violations and requests instructions.

Prepares and submits activity, inspection and investigation reports.

Maintains a current listing of licensed pesticide applicators and follows up on those failing to renew their licensure.

Monitors and proctors applicator certification examinations and attends recertification training programs to ensure that the necessary material is covered.

Maintains state vehicle and assigned office, investigative, sampling and personal safety equipment.

Plans and schedules work activities to achieve established annual goals.

Trains and orients new employees as directed by the program administrator.

Testifies in administrative hearings and courts of law.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One year of experience in one or more of the areas described below; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, agriculture, biology, environmental science, business or public administration. (Graduate education in biology, chemistry, environmental science, entomology, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, or a closely related area may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required work experience.)

Special Qualifying Experience

1. Professional or technical experience in civil or criminal investigations, law enforcement or closely related areas.

2. Professional or technical experience in the pesticide industry which affords a knowledge of proper pesticide application, restriction and usage.

Special Requirements

Ability to obtain proper pesticide certification in accordance with Department of Agriculture standards and timeframes.

Ability to pass a medical exam as prescribed by the Department of Agriculture after a conditional offer of employment is made.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Considerable knowledge of state and federal pesticide statutes and regulations.

Working knowledge of the principles and practices of pest control.

Working knowledge of investigative methods and procedures.

Ability to interpret, explain and enforce pesticide statutes and regulations.

Ability to prepare well-organized, accurate and concise reports.

Ability to travel extensively in the performance of assigned duties.

Ability to independently establish and complete daily work schedules.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, state and federal agencies, law enforcement officials, pesticide businesses and the general public.

Ability to orient and train new employees.

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