Horticultural Inspector 1

Grade 18

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Career Ladder

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  1. Assnt Horticultural Inspector 1

    Grade NS

  2. Assnt Horticultural Inspector 2

    Grade NS

  3. Horticultural Inspector 1

    Grade 18

  4. Horticultural Inspector 2

    Grade 23

  5. Horticultural Inspector 3

    Grade 25

  6. Assnt Dir Plant Industry

    Grade 62

  7. Dir Plant Industry

    Grade 64

Summary of Job Description

As a Horticultural Inspector 1, you would be assigned to a region and would be responsible for the inspection of plants and plant products to prevent and/or control the movement of injurious insect pest and plant diseases. You would also inspect, and obtain for laboratory analysis, samples of seeds, fertilizers, and agricultural liming materials to prevent the sale of inaccurately and improperly labeled products. You would regularly meet with horticultural growers, merchants, and distributors to conduct inspections; explain inspection findings; implement corrective actions; and explain the provisions of the Agricultural and Markets Law.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

Candidates must have:  

Either 1. a bachelor's degree in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science, or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants or animals;

Or 2. satisfactory completion of 60 college semester credit hours which included or was supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science, or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants or animals AND one year of professional horticultural experience.

Examples of qualifying experience include employment as a horticulturist in a commercial nursery or greenhouse, as a plant pest or disease control specialist, as a landscaper involved in residential and/or commercial site development, and as a grading inspector of fruit and vegetable farm products. Experience limited to food service or inspection, urban pest extermination (i.e., rodents, roaches, ants, bats, carpenter ants) or dairy related is NOT qualifying.

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How to Apply

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Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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