Full-Time Weed Specialist/Technician
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TRI-COUNTY COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA
POSITION: Weed Specialist/ Technician
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time/ Seasonal (8-9 month performance period)
HOURLY WAGE: $16.00- $17.50 an hour (depending on education and experience)
LOCATION: La Grande, Oregon
DURATION: Grant funded position for one year, ongoing funding likely.
This classification performs technical and on-the-ground functions of the weed and vegetation management program through the Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) within a tri-county area to control and eradicate noxious weeds throughout Baker, Union, and Wallowa Counties located in northeast Oregon. Employees represent the CWMA mission, goals and objectives. Position closes April 20th, 2015.
EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES
(Duties assigned to this classification may include, but are not limited to, the following examples)
1. Maintain mapping information, treatment records and monitoring data in the noxious weeds database (Microsoft Access and ArcMap). Extract and analyze data to inform project manager about effects of treatments and to provide feedback data to program partners and funding entities.
2. Technical writing, generating project reports or grant applications. Ability to work fluently within WORD and EXCELL programs.
3. Survey, inventory and map noxious weed infestations. Surveys may be done on foot, boat, horseback, ATV, or aerially (fixed wing and rotary). Perform treatments in the field as required. Coordinate and implement restoration projects. Distribute biological control agents for control of noxious weeds.
4. Assist management in guiding the program around the following principles: Educate landowners, news media, local organizations and the public in noxious weed identification, prevention and early detection, proper selection and application of chemicals, and answer questions and complaints concerning vegetation and noxious weed programs. Assist in the development of educational and outreach materials for landowners and local residents about weed control and the importance of the programs to the community.
5. Collaborate with Director to manage contractor database and provide performance reporting to partners and funding entities on weed control projects.
6. Prepare and maintain a variety of records, statistical and financial reports, statements and information. Assemble that data for regular and recurring reports communicating the work and impact of the program to partners and stakeholders. Organize paper and electronic files.
7. Work directly with partners, landowners and public via phone, e-mail, individual consultation and letters. Assist with answering phone calls and fielding advice for weed control management.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION
Knowledge of: chemicals and biological controls used in weed management; knowledge of plant species and soil types; knowledge of federal and state statutes that govern noxious weed control activities; knowledge of data collection and research techniques; knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) software and mapping techniques; considerable knowledge of natural resource management.
Skill in: Interviewing techniques relating to a wide variety of people; mechanical and manual application of herbicides and biological control agents; use of technology related to GIS/GPS mapping and database design.
Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; evaluate effectiveness of controls; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, make decisions independently and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; adjust to priority changes and remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; meet and deal effectively with coworkers, advisory boards, regulatory agencies, community organizations, contractors, chemical company vendors, news media, landowners and the public to exchange information, explain program objectives, coordinate activities and give advice.
Education, experience and training: Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, Range Ecology, agriculture, botany, or related field, OR four years progressively responsible experience in noxious weed control, rangeland management, forestry, or related natural resource field, OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At the time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver’s license.
Necessary special requirements: Within six months of employment, must obtain Oregon Pesticide Applicator license, regulatory weed category. Within six months of employment, must obtain Oregon Boater Education card.
Work is performed within established policy and procedures; federal, state and county rules, regulations and ordinances; CWMA mission and goals; weed identification reference material, chemical reference materials and herbicide labels.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in the office and in the field. Fieldwork involves frequently lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, standing and walking in all types of terrain, and working with hazardous chemicals. Work is performed in an environment that involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometimes adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required. New hire will be expected to do overnight trips with various partners to accomplish weed control measures.
Insurance Policy includes medical, vision, and dental. Retirement benefits are coordinated through the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System.
1. Resume including 3 references.
2. Brief written summary of verifiable accomplishments applicable to position.
Information can be sent via: mail or e-mail. Deadline April 20th 2015
Interviews will be scheduled beginning April 27th, 2015.
Tri-County CWMA Director
10507 N. McAlister RD Suite 5
La Grande OR, 97850
Phone: (541) 624-5353
Cell: (406) 539-2745
Experience: Four year degree in Agriculture/Natural Resources