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Pesticide Compliance Program Manager (WMS2)

at State of Washington

Pay: $90027 to $107820/year
$90027 - $107820
Posted: 11/6/2019
Job Reference #: 2606857

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Through service, regulation, and advocacy, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) supports the viability and vitality of agriculture while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment.

AGRICULTURE - A Cornerstone of Washington's Economy

Our Vision at WSDA is to ensure-
Agriculture thrives across Washington, contributing to the health of the state's people, environment and economy.

WSDA Guiding Principles
• Serve the customer and the public.
• Act with integrity, consistency, transparency and respect.
• Pursue practical, reasonable solutions.
• Cultivate partnerships.
• Use science and data to inform decisions.
• Fulfill statutory responsibilities.
• Anticipate the future.

***This recruitment has been extended to a continuous basis and will remain open until the position is filled . The first round of application review will be conducted on December 2nd.***

WSDA serves the people of Washington State by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection. The Pesticide Management Division (PMD) is one of five major divisions with the agency, and protects the public interest, health and welfare of the   people of the state of Washington by providing objective, science based regulation of pesticides, dairy nutrient management and fertilizers. The Pesticide Compliance Program within Pesticide Management contributes directly to this mission by enforcing pesticide laws to ensure the safe and legal licensing, distribution, use, storage and disposal of pesticides in Washington State.
The PMD Pesticide Compliance Program Manager directs all aspects of the state's Pesticide Compliance and Enforcement program. The purpose of this position is to provide protection to the people and environment of Washington from pesticides. In addition, the position supports the enforcement of federal pesticide laws and rules and a strong technical assistance and continuing education of pesticide licensees. This position ensures collaboration between PMD Programs, other WSDA programs, and other related regulatory natural resource agencies in Washington State.   PMD strives to efficiently and appropriately regulate pesticides to balance the needs for pest management while still supporting the production of a safe and bountiful food supply.   This position is responsible for the protection of public health as it relates to the use and distribution of pesticides.

WSDA offers a generous benefit package which includes 11 paid holidays, sick and vacation leave, retirement and insurance, health, dental, and vision coverage, tuition reimbursement, training classes, and much more.
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  • Provides administrative and managerial oversight of the compliance services program
  • Responsible for the oversight of up to five or more regional pesticide compliance field offices and over twenty employees
  • Accountable for providing a consistent and fair pesticide enforcement program across the state that is also in line with other pesticide compliance programs across the U.S.
  • Oversees legislation and rule development related to the pesticide compliance program
  • Responsible for oversight  of a two million dollar annual budget and management of a half-million dollar federal EPA grant
  • Oversees the standard operating procedures for all pesticide enforcement, compliance and compliance outreach for the division.
  • Responsible for making significant recommendations to the Pesticide Management Division Assistant Director related to pesticide compliance actions and any major events related to the licensing, recertification, registration, distribution, use storage or disposal of  pesticides.
  • Develops and implements policies associated with all aspects of pesticide regulation.
  • Develops and evaluates technical, regulatory and administrative program policies and procedures.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of pesticide compliance business management and recordkeeping systems.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with local, state and federal entities, industry associations and stakeholder groups.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher with a major study in Agriculture, Environmental, or one of the Natural Sciences. Qualifying professional experience may substitute, year for year, for education.
  • Five (5) + years of supervising/managing a staff of professionals.
  • Five (5) + years of professional experience in an agricultural, environmental, health or natural resource regulatory agency or law enforcement, public policy or administration or experience working in the pesticide industry.
  • Must have a demonstrated history of strong leadership and facilitation skills, demonstrate knowledge of personnel management principles, and program management.
  • Must have the ability to work in a diverse and sensitive political environment.
  • Must be familiar with and capable of operating computers to use word processing, spreadsheet, email programs and multiple databases.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with agency staff, other state and federal agencies, customers and stakeholders.
  • Ability to write and speak effectively, clearly, and professionally.
  • Ability to think and plan long-term as well as operationally.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource, Environmental Sciences or related field including course work or continuing professional education in public administration and/or management.
  • Experience working for a regulatory agency and knowledge of federal, state and local laws and rules governing pesticide and fertilizer products, use, distribution and storage.
  • Experience or knowledge of state legislative and rulemaking processes.
  • Budget and financial management experience.
  • Excellent people and negotiation skills.
  • Knowledge of personnel management principles, administrative management and financial management.
  • Well-developed facilitation skills and the ability to effectively work in a diverse and sensitive political environment.
  • Experience developing legislation and/or rules.
  • Experience with the state budgeting process and contract management.
  • Knowledge and implementation of LEAN principles.

Supplemental Information


You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

• Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
• Current resume detailing experience and education

Applications with comments "see attachments" will be considered incomplete.

To take advantage of Veteran's preference, please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22. Please blackout your social security number and date of birth before attaching.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the agency Talent Acquisition Specialist, at (360) 902-2020 or Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.

The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture actively supports diversity in the workplace, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons requiring accommodation in the application process, during the recruitment process, or who need this job announcement in an alternative format, may contact the Human Resources Office at 360-902-2020 or may email  Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

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