Noxious Weed Field Technician (Casual Weed Technician, Senior)

Lewis County Noxious Weed Control
Chehalis, WA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.  Conduct field surveys to identify, document, and map noxious weed infestations, utilizing GIS & other software.  Maintain and file complete and accurate records of information for field activities, utilizing Microsoft Office suite & other required software.  Assist and participate in weed control activities, primarily being the application of chemical herbicides in variable field settings, but also including physical removal and other methods as necessary.  Respond to information requests and noxious weed reports/complaints from residents and landowners.  Provide information to the public about noxious weed control projects.  Assist with managing weed program outreach display materials  Assist with outreach activities and educational events.  Assist with other duties as assigned, including responding to requests by email and phone.  Work with municipal and public agency staff, as well as contractors to achieve control of noxious weeds on public lands.  Support weed management efforts by working with volunteer and landowner groups.  Perform job duties in compliance with laws, rules, regulations, and other standards.  Represent the County to the public, as well as private organizations and schools on weed reduction issues. WORKING ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed in a standard office environment as well as outdoors at off-site field environments with exposure to inclement weather, safety hazards, power tools, other equipment, and chemical herbicides; work involves moderate physical demands and must possess strength sufficient to lift and move items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
High School Graduate or GED Certificate and a minimum of one year’s college credit in plant biology, natural sciences, natural resource management, weed identification, and/or related field.A valid Driver’s License is required. Must obtain a WA State Pesticide Applicator’s License and the necessary endorsements within 60 days of hire. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Knowledge of:  Lewis County policies and procedures.  Washington State Noxious Weed Control Law and other local, state and federal laws and regulations that relate to noxious weed control activities in Lewis County.  Integrated pest management and weed control methods, including impacts from invasive plants.  Field equipment, including safe operation and field maintenance of equipment such as hand tools, brushcutters, backpacks, and power sprayers.  Ecological or agricultural theory, systems, and practices. Skills in:  Maintaining accurate records & data entry.  Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.  Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers.  Communicating effectively and following verbal and written instructions.  Effective communication with private landowners and other members of the public, as well as related conflict de-escalation techniques.  Working independently and as part of a team with diverse backgrounds, and coordinating with others to facilitate teamwork and program objectives.  Maintaining safety while working with potentially hazardous chemicals.  Navigating forested backroads and operating four-wheel-drive vehicles in suboptimal conditions.  Identifying noxious weeds, native plants, and common ornamental plants in Washington State
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Charles J Edmonson
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