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  • 503665
  • Full-time


To support and promote Arizona agriculture in a way that encourages farming, ranching and agribusiness, protects the well-being of people, plants, animals and the environment while safeguarding commerce, consumers and natural resources.



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Posting Details:

Salary: 18.00 - 20.88 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for an Assistant Entomologist (Public Health Scientist Associate) for the Plant Services Section. The duty post for this position is located in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Department of Agriculture’s, Plant Services Section, safeguards agriculture, food and the environment from the risks associated with the entry, establishment and spread of plant pests, diseases and noxious weeds thereby promoting agricultural sustainability, market access and competitiveness.

Under general supervision from the Associate Director, working closely with the Senior Entomologist, this position is primarily responsible for correct and timely screening, identification and pest risk assessment of insects and other arthropod samples submitted to the Entomology Program from the Plant Services Section inspection and regulatory branches. Advising the Entomology Program Manager and the division’s Associate Director on scientific matters as they pertain to pest biology and economic impact. The position will use state-of-the-art equipment, including performance graphics-enabled computers, high resolution digital cameras, and compound and dissection microscopes.

The position will be the curator and will maintain, develop, and supplement the section’s actual and digital arthropod specimen reference collection used to determine a pest’s correct identity and assigning appropriate risk values. Drive a state vehicle and other duties as assigned.

Job Duties:

Responsible for correct and timely screening, identification and pest risk assessment of insects and other arthropod samples submitted to the Entomology Program from the Plant Services Section inspection and regulatory branches

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of science and scientific procedures, entomology, invertebrate systematics, biology, and evolution; invertebrate pest epidemiology; advanced microscope, computer, and digital imaging systems; of Federal and State regulations and quarantines, principles and practices.

Skills in verbal and written communication and report production; developing and using advanced computer databases, spreadsheets, and other office and/or scientifically related software and hardware; effective instructional techniques and procedures; in preparing samples for analysis; operating, maintaining, and calibrating specialized microscope and digital imaging systems; in efficient workload organization.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective and productive working relationship with co-workers and management in a team setting; to research, organize and analyze and then interpret scientific research as it relates to regulatory entomology. Drive state vehicle.

Selective Preference(s):

B.S. level or higher in Entomology, or related field, with an introductory understanding of cladistic analysis and evolution, 5 years of experience with invertebrate taxonomy or related field.
Regulatory entomology experience preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

In-state travel required. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid Arizona state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).


The Arizona Department of Agriculture offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statue. Current contribution rate is 12.44%. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melissa Meek at mmeek@azda.gov for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.