Pest and Weed Control Technician-005047 #74967

Company: Regional Municipality Of Woodbuffalo

Job Description

Under general supervision, the Pest and Weed Control Technician is responsible for delivering pest management programming within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (the Municipality). This involves identifying pests, establishing and monitoring pest threshold damage levels, and implementing specific control measures. While some judgement and consideration is required in determining best cultural practices, the Technician implements measures as directed in established procedures and provincial bulletins, and with consultation and direction provided by the Parks Branch management team.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and assist in the implementation of a best cultural practices pest management program at all designated sites and locations throughout the Municipality.
  • Identify and designate areas where pest issues are present and develop pest management plan. 
  • Act as the technical resource and advise field staff on acceptable plant damage threshold levels and subsequently monitors population dynamics for conformity to those standards, making appropriate decisions on control.
  • Provide direction to contractors engaged in the municipally-sponsored spray program.
  • Inform and provide information to Bylaw Services to assist them issuing weed control notices under the Weed Control Act and in enforcing the Nuisance Property Bylaw.
  • Assist with developing proposals for long-term pest strategies and policies.
  • Write reports and prepare and submit permit applications as required by provincial government bodies.
  • Provide technical advice, develop and present educational lessons. Assist parks and recreation program planners; arboricultural, turf, horticultural, and community beautification staff; other municipal departments; external organizations and schools; and the general public on environmental matters.
  • Perform field sampling and positive identification of pests and physiological abnormalities and make appropriate treatment recommendations.
  • Prepare cost estimates for proposals and programs.
  • Provide oversight and technical guidance during spraying, and also assist field personnel with spraying. Ensures that all pest control on municipal land is conducted as per the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
  • Complete annual inventory of pesticides, and monitor the effectiveness of the inventory control system; ensure that Material Safety Data sheets and product information is constantly updated and available to staff.
  • Research newer and safer methods of pest control and distributes information obtained to field personnel.
  • Provide technical advice and direction to clients (municipal constituents).
  • Lead and delegate seasonal students and/or coop students (up to 5 staff) involved in the pest and weed control program during spring / summer operations.
  • May assist parks winter maintenance program including snow and ice control, outdoor rink maintenance and community beautification. 
  • Present facts and solutions, educates user groups, contractors, consultants, developers, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Working conditions:
  • Office and physically demanding field environments. Incumbent will be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions. There is potential for exposure to unsanitary conditions; therefore, immunizations are strongly recommended.
  • During the spring / summer operations, the Technician will work appropriately 75% in the field and 25% in an office environment, with this reversed during winter operations.

Requirements:

  • Diploma or degree in the field of Environmental Studies or Natural Resources Management.
  • Three (3) years of relevant experience with a minimum of one (1) year related field and research experience.
  • Degree is preferred.
  • Valid Alberta Pesticide Applicators Certificate required.
  • Experience in Natural Resources enforcement under Provincial Acts and Municipal Bylaws an asset. 
  • You will possess the following:
  • Thorough knowledge of specific insects, diseases, invertebrates, vertebrates, weeds and other unwanted plants, including lifecycle and biology which are likely to affect vegetation in forest, parks and the urban environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of pest management theory, practice, and techniques.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with current literature, trends and developments in pest control technology.
  • Working knowledge of materials, methods, equipment, best cultural practices and tools involved in pest management situations.
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement municipal-wide best cultural practice pest management programs.
  • Ability to prepare written reports.
  • Ability to conduct field and technical research.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff members, governmental contacts, and the general public.
  • Ability to estimate time and material requirements and costs related to program proposals.
  • Valid Alberta Class Five (5) operator’s licence is required (clear driving abstract is an asset). 
  • Must be willing to travel and stay overnight for work in rural and remote rural areas for periods lasting up to one (1) week at a time.

Salary:

  • $ 46.75 (Start Rate) 
  • $ 55.07 (Permanent Rate)
  • *Permanent rate effective after twelve (12) months of employment.

In addition to the rate of pay, we offer other attractive incentives:

  1. excellent training and development opportunities
  2. an extensive employer paid benefits plan
  3. an additional annual payment of $12,480 which represents a cost of living allowance

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