Plant Health Supervisor

Ohio Department of Agriculture in Licking County

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking candidates for a Plant Health Supervisor position in the Plant Health Division, Pesticide/Fertilizer Regulation, Licking County. The duties for the Plant Health Supervisor position include but are not limited to:

  • Supervises assigned staff and perform related pesticide and fertilizer control activities
  • Coaches field staff
  • Coaches field staff performance reviews
  • Develops performance improvement plans
  • Administers disciplinary actions
  • Approves leave and travel requests
  • Recruits for vacant positions
  • Manages field inspections
  • Reviews field reports (e.g., standard, investigative, inspection)
  • Follows up on open field reports
  • Requests sample analysis
  • Tracks field inspections and reviews for completeness and accuracy
  • Maintains regulatory compliance
  • Reviews enforcement case documents and make recommendations as to case disposition and coordinates computer tracking information
  • Screens and schedules investigations of pesticide and fertilizer pollution complaints from public
  • Oversees operation of computer tracking system and review documentation from staff prior to entry into data system
  • Oversees incident and complaints investigation and instructs field staff in inspection procedures and policies
  • Participates in interdepartmental planning activities regarding training of users and/or development of new programs
  • Coordinates case preparation for USEPA label violations
  • Makes presentations on technical information at meetings for various professional, industry and farm user groups
  • Attends meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Unless required by legislation or union contract, starting salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range.  In most cases successful employees will move up a step in the salary range within six months, with subsequent step increases occurring every year with successful performance.

  • Completion of undergraduate core coursework in agricultural field (e.g., agronomy, biology, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, environmental science) AND 18 months experience in applying state and federal laws regarding plant health programs AND 3 months experience in operation of personal computer AND valid driver’s license.
  • Or 4 years experience  in managerial position related to Plant Health programs AND 3 months experience in operation of personal computer AND valid driver’s license.
  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.
  • Knowledge of agriculture or related biology or other science; state & federal laws & regulations regarding division of Plant Health program areas (e.g., plant pest control/invasive species; pesticide/fertilizer; grain, feed, & seed); investigation & sampling procedures; supervisory principles & techniques*; employee training & development*; accounting/auditing; economics.Skill in use of personal computer & related software (e.g., ExamHand Ohio Software).Ability to prioritize/plan multiple tasks; write technical reports; interpret extensive variety of technical materials in books, journals, manuals; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; proofread technical materials; handle sensitive contacts with government officials & general public; establish, draw valid conclusions; proofread technical materials; establish positive atmosphere as supervisor of work unit

(*)Developed after employment

Interested candidates should click here for more information and to apply.

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