Jerin Borrego: Pesticide Registration Specialist, Montana Department of Agriculture |

In between hundred-mile bike rides and hiking with her dogs, Jerin Borrego earned two major promotions at the Montana Department of Agriculture in less than a year, achieving a specialist position at the pesticide department.

“She’s really taken the bull by the horns,” her manager, Linda Johns, said.

As a pesticide registration specialist, Borrego is responsible for reviewing all 12,000 of the registered pesticides in Montana, making sure each one is safe and labeled properly. But she hasn’t limited herself to that.

In addition to working her own job, Borrego said she is committed to learning what everyone else around her does so she can be aware of how her work affects them. She volunteers her time to serve as a member of the Helena zoning commission and sings in the Helena Symphony choir.

A graduate of Capital High, she earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Brigham Young University in Utah. She has mastered Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and spent a year teaching English at a university in Xinxiang, China.

Since returning to Helena, she was accepted into the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Helena program, where she met someone from the agriculture department, and was hired as an administrative assistant.

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She quickly worked her way up to technician, and eventually specialist. After showing such promise at her job, the state offered to pay for her to earn a master’s degree from Montana State University, where she is studying land resources and environmental management.

She loves hiking around Mt. Ascension near her home with her husband, Jaime, and her two Australian…

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