There is one opening with the Yakima County Noxious Weed Department. Position is responsible for serving as the head of the Noxious Weed department working within the guidelines set forth by the Weed Board and their adopted Weed Control Policy. Provides the public with reliable, thorough, and knowledgeable methods of vegetation management; supervises technical and clerical staff and day to day operations of the department including financial management, budget preparation, personnel hiring and training, and ensures regulatory compliance. This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.
Coordinates the activities of the department to achieve the objectives of the Noxious Weed Board as outlined within the County’s Noxious Weed Policy.
Coordinates herbicide grant requests and approvals.
Contacts herbicide dealers on herbicide availability, prices and delivery. Purchases and approves inventory item purchases.
Prepare budget and board member reports.
Coordinates assigned work and weed spraying activities. Provides training of employees as to their responsibilities and duties including proper weed control techniques and reading of maps.
Assures financial integrity of the department funds through creating and maintaining current expenditure reports and reporting all expenditures to the Board. Works with accounts payable and receivable.
Offers public assistance regarding control of non-desirable vegetation on their property. Makes and return telephone calls to answer inquiries or contact landowners.
Other duties required: attendance at training classes as offered through chemical companies and State and Federal agencies.
Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture or related field and 2 years agricultural work experience in a management, supervisory, or lead position and management of noxious weeds, OR any combination of experience or training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Equipment Used: Computer, copier, cell phone, a variety of sprayers, vehicles, trailers, hand tools, welder, drill press, jacks, boat, GPS.
Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: excessive noise, exposure to weather, extreme temperatures, moving/mechanical parts, pathogen exposure, vibration, travel, multiple work locations, field work. Work involves exposure to herbicide, dust, outside environment and hazards associated with inclement weather. Work involves frequent driving and inspecting of fields and adjacent areas for weed infestation. Physical Demands: bending, carrying, handling, lifting, pulling, pushing, balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, kneeling, reclining. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction. Heavy Work: Exerting up to or in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Work is performed out in the field. Work involves exposure to herbicide, dust, outside environment and hazards associated with inclement weather. Work involves frequent driving and inspecting of fields and adjacent areas for weed infestation including waterways and irrigation canals.