Pest Management

Program Mission Statement:

To protect agriculture, the local environment, and the economic health of the community from the spread of detrimental pests by early detection then managing or eradicating infestations through partnerships, education, and the promotion of integrated pest management strategies.

The Pest Management program is committed to protecting agriculture, the local environment, and the economic health of the community from the spread of detrimental pests. This is accomplished by early detection then managing or eradicating infestations through partnerships, education, and the promotion of integrated pest management strategies.

Integrated Pest Management

  • Reduces use of pesticides
  • Distributes and collects biological agents such as beneficial insects
  • Coordinates research and educational resources
  • Provides alternative approaches to pest control problems
  • Assists other agencies in pest monitoring, prevention and control to protect the public's health

Weed Pest Control

  • Protects local agriculture and native habitats from the negative impacts of invasive, non-native noxious weeds
  • Focuses invasive weed control activities on prevention and eradication of small "pioneer" infestations prior to widespread establishment and spread
  • Provides expertise on invasive weed control management to local agriculturalists and land managers

Related Services

Vertebrate Control Program
Weeds Program

Current Job Openings in the Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures

Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is seeking an Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer who is an exceptional leader, approachable and responsive, an excellent communicator, is a community and peer collaborator, and holds him/herself and others to the highest standards.

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Weights and Measures Inspector Trainee

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is currently recruiting for one full-time, permanent status Weights and Measures Inspector Trainee.  The Trainee is an entry level position working under the direct supervision of the program deputy to perform inspection work within specialized programs that support and protect businesses and consumers.

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Pest Detection Trapper

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is accepting applications for temporary/seasonal Pest Detection Trappers.  Incumbents perform trapping activities for insects not known to occur in California and other pest prevention activities in accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California.

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