Weed Control Technician I
Identifies weed infested areas and develops and implements an integrated pest management program on County and federal rights-of-way, parks, and open lands.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from a Natural Resources Manager Land Stewardship.
- Exercises indirect supervision over temporary staff and volunteers involved in the vegetation management program.
- Locate and identify weed-infested areas; map and monitor progress of treated areas; develop strategy for long-term integrated noxious weed eradication program.
- Monitor and evaluate populations of noxious weeds and agricultural pests, and make recommendations for management/suppression using the appropriate, least toxic integrated pest management methods.
- Identify requirements and regulations of County, state, and federal weed control programs including all requirements relevant to pesticide storage, mixing, application, and disposal.
- Coordinate weed control efforts with other County and federal weed control agents, and with the Parks grounds maintenance personnel.
- Responsibly make notification to the at-risk public prior to pesticide application, and enforce re-entry regulations after application.
- Record and maintain appropriate records and reports as required by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
- Operate vegetation management equipment; select, mix, and apply appropriate chemicals with various types of sprayers in a safe and appropriate manner.
- Supervise, train, and evaluate weed control aides and volunteers in the performance of their tasks and responsibilities
- Supervise response to hazardous materials spills and pesticide contamination events.
- Coordinate weed control projects with contractors; identify project sites; assist directly as required; review and inspect work completed by contractors.
- Assist park maintenance crews in construction and park maintenance projects, including the use of hand and power tools and the operation of heavy equipment.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Rules, regulations, and laws related to weed, pest, insect, and fungi abatement and control.
- Properties of pesticides and pesticide safety standards.
- Operation, calibration, repair, and care of related equipment.
- Weed and insect pests, locations, and extent of infestations in parks and open lands managed by Larimer County.
- Methods, materials, and practices of noxious weed control acceptable by agreement between the Larimer County Natural Resources Department and the US Bureau of Reclamation.
- Methods and practices of general construction and maintenance.
- Methods of mixing and measuring herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides used in weed control activities.
- Integrated pest management and weed control methods.
- Noxious weed species.
- Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
- Geographic Information Systems methods of field mapping, data entry, and database design and management.
- Identify various weed species at different stages of growth.
- Clearly identify location sites; interpret, navigate, and map infestations effectively using topographical maps and Geographical Information Systems.
- Operate a truck and related spray equipment skillfully and safely.
- Measure and mix pesticides and follow pesticide safety standards.
- Safe operation of a variety of hand and power tools.
- Operate heavy equipment.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Successfully meet continuing education requirements to maintain current certification by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- One to three years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Agronomy, Weed Science, Natural Resources, or a related field.
- Possession of Colorado Commercial Pesticide Applicator's Q.S. (Qualified Supervisor) certification in at least one of the following categories Industrial & Right-of-way, Forest Pests, Turf Weeds, Ornamental Insects, or Ornamental Diseases.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.