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JOB OPENING :: Aquatic Pest Control Assistant Program Manager

We received this today (5/27/2015). The final filing date is 5/28/2015>
**See attachment for more information.**


From: Vierra, Joyce@Parks
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:40 AM
To: Parks All Parks Employees
Subject: Aquatic Pest Control Assistant Program Manager, Dept. of Boating and Waterways

Good Morning:

The following Departmental examination announcement has been released:

Exam Title: Aquatic Pest Control Assistant Program Manager, CA Department of Boating and Waterways
Exam Code: 5PR09
Filing Period: May 14, 2015 – May 28, 2015
Contact: Joyce Vierra


For additional information, please see the attachment above. Copies of the announcement are also available in Personnel Services, Room 1018, in the Resources Building.

Note: Please include the exam code above on your application if you are interested in applying. Thank you!


Joyce Vierra
Associate Personnel Analyst (RA)
1416   9th Street – Room 1018
Sacramento, CA  95814


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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:08 PM
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UCCE Advisor Sonia Rios receives Dean's Medalist award at CSU Fresno commencement

Sonia Rios, a recently hired UC Cooperative Extension Subtropical Horticulture Advisor in Riverside and San Diego Counties was honored with a Dean's Graduate Medalist award from Fresno State University.  Annually, the dean of each college at CSUF presents one Dean's Graduate Medalist award and Sonia was the 2015 recipient from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

Sonia was advised by Dr. Anil Shrestha at CSUF (who also was honored this year by the University) and her graduate research focused on glyphosate-resistant weeds.  Over the past few years, she worked closely with a number of weed scientists at CSUF, UCCE, and UC Davis as well as the members of the pest control industry in the San Joaquin Valley in her position as a CSUF graduate student and weed research associate in Tulare County.

Congratulations Sonia!


See below for the announcement of the awardees (or access directly from CSUF at http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/honorees-awards.html )

College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

Sonia Inez Rios of Wasco, completed an M.S. in Plant Science with a 3.79 GPA. Having struggled in her undergraduate program due to a variety of personal situations, she persevered and has amassed an impressive list of academic, professional, and volunteer accomplishments. She balanced her graduate studies while working almost full-time as a staff research associate with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). As a graduate student, she was the first-author on 11 oral and eight research poster presentations and was a co-author in three peer-reviewed journal papers. Her thesis research on Palmer Amaranth was so paramount that she was interviewed on a radio program and gave talks at professional venues. She won a highly competitive international travel grant to present her work at the Weed Science Society of America's annual conference in Vancouver, Canada, and numerous other scholarships. She was selected as a United States Department of Agriculture Graduate Fellow in 2014 and was a recipient of the University of California's Milton D. And Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award and the Bill and Jane Fischer Vegetation Management Award. She is a subtropical horticulture farm adviser with UCCE serving Southern California.

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 12:44 PM
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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT :: Benefits of Hedgerows in Vineyards

Benefits of Hedgerows in Vineyards Workshop

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 8:45 am-12:30 pm
UC Oakville Experimental Station
1380 Oakville Grade Road
Oakville, CA

To register, click HERE.

This workshop will focus on the benefits of hedgerows of native California plants in agricultural landscapes as well as establishment practices for field edge plantings and plant selection.

This is a free event but registration is required as space is limited.

CE units available.

Questions?  contact Elise Gornish at egornish@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-6314.


Elise S. Gornish
UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Restoration Ecology

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:12 AM
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Plant science professor Shrestha receives top honors

Congratulations to Dr. Anil Shrestha, Professor of Plant Science at California State University, Fresno, who received not one but TWO awards:

  • 2015 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching—the highest faculty honor at Fresno State
  • 2014-2015 Outstanding Advisor Award

From the Fresno State News website… 
Dr. Anil Shrestha (Plant Science) has been at Fresno State since 2008. A teacher who appreciates the value of hands-on learning, he engages and attracts students to agriculture, then retains them with humor and encouragement. His passion for student's experiences extends outside the classroom and into the lives of his students. He encourages all his students to take advantage of workshops, writing labs and programs on campus. He also helps students apply for scholarships and internships.

Photo courtesy of G.Thurner, Jordan College of Ag. Sciences & Technology Communications Specialist
“Previous to Anil coming to Fresno State, the college [Fresno State] was rarely represented at the California Weed Science Society or other professional weed science societies. Anil has both his undergraduate and graduate students give presentations at professional societies in California and at national weed science societies. Currently Fresno State students are winning or represented at many of the student contests in both the oral and poster contests in weed science” says Steve Wright, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor in Tulare-Kings counties.

Shrestha has contributed two chapters to the book “Principles of Weed Control in California,” which is used as a textbook in most California educational institutions offering a course in weed science.

“His talent for both inspiring and involving his students in his research is to be commended” says Wright.


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Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 1:08 PM
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JOB OPENING :: Environmental Scientist


Salary: $3,077.00 - $3,809.00
Posted: 05/12/2015
Final filing date: 06/01/2015

FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION: http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=616621

Job Description:
Appointment to this position is pending administrative approval.

Job Reference Number: PRB-1417

Would you like to be part of a team charged with protection of human health and the environment? If you are, look no further than the Department of Pesticide Regulation. We are a department dedicated to preserving California's environment and offer a progressive and family friendly work environment that values innovative thinking, collaborative approaches, and enthusiasm for learning and continued job growth.

Working under the supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) and the lead of a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), the Environmental Scientist (ES) applies scientific methods and principles to identify environmental problems and conducts scientific evaluations and investigations on issues of importance to the use of pesticide products in the State. Evaluates and summarizes scientific tests and studies submitted to meet Department's requirements for registration of pesticide products in the area of plant physiology and pest and disease protection. Develops and writes technical reports and prepares regulatory and compliance documents and correspondence.

Using federal guidelines and scientific standards evaluates and summarizes scientific data, technical reports, and pesticide product label claims in the area of plant physiology and pest and disease protection (efficacy and phytotoxicity of herbicides, plant and insect growth regulators, spray adjuvants, insecticides, fungicides, etc.). Using accepted scientific standards, performs environmental analysis, validation and statistical examination of submitted studies, determines whether the studies are complete, statistically and scientifically valid, and adequate to satisfy the regulatory requirements for the registration of the proposed pesticide in the state. Evaluates pesticide effectiveness in crops and foods. Collaborates and provides technical information to local, federal, and state agencies, industries and institutions. Identifies the nature and extent of potential hazards or adverse effects to be expected from the proposed use of a pesticide product for review by Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist). Prepares technical reports, regulatory documents, and technical publications related to or containing evaluation on pesticide data packages, and provides options for registration decisions.

Suggests mitigation measures for conditions determined to be unacceptable. Researches additional data needed to complete hazard mitigation assessment.

Conducts literature searches in libraries, computer databases, and department confidential data files to develop information necessary to the evaluation process. Responds to written, verbal and electronic questions from individuals or organizations.

In order to develop and maintain expertise in special data requirements and registration procedures for a variety of registration submissions and actions, attends training, scientific conferences, and confers with experts in the field. Participates in meetings, conferences with staff of other state agencies, representatives or registrants, university researchers and members of the public on the evaluation process.

FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION: http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=616621

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM
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