Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.
Position Location: Newport, WA
Salary: $15.56-$17.75 DOE / Licensing
Seasonal Position: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Open until filled
All field inspections and monitoring, as well as most control projects; answer the public’s questions concerning weed identification, control methods and requirements; and, maintaining compliance in weed control enforcement and record keeping pursuant to legal procedures. Works cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees. This is a seasonal, full-time, non-exempt position and does not include county benefits.
- High School Diploma or equivalent, preference of 2 years college or vocational training in plant sciences, agriculture, communications, law enforcement.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the public, often articulating complex system management concepts to the lay person, including proven ability to read, speak, and write the English language.
- Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds, and to walk over steep and rough terrain.
- Ability to read and orient oneself with a map, altimeter and compass, GPS; and, to utilize smartphone data collection applications.
- Must possess a valid Driver’s license with a good driving record; Washington State Boater Safety card; and, hold a current Washington State Department of Agriculture Public Pesticide Operator’s license with Agricultural, ornamental, right-of-way and aquatic endorsements, or successfully passing the test for such within one month of being offered this position.
- Must successfully pass a background check, driving record check and a pre-employment physical.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Positively represent the Weed Board to the public through a neat and clean appearance, clean and articulate language, and driving within the spirit and letter of the law.
- Adhere to the rules and regulations of RCW 17.10 and the Pend Oreille County Noxious Weed Control Board Policy when contacting landowners, inspecting properties, and carrying-out each step of enforcement.
- Accurately add to survey inventory and mapping data; and perform infestation monitoring.
- Assist in grant, contract, right-of-way, and other management projects; and, maintain legal and financial documentation.
- Assist the public, answering questions concerning weed identification, control methods and legal requirements, following the Weed Board Recommendation Policy, and only offering Board approved written materials for chemical recommendations.
- Apply herbicide mixes to weed infestations according to Washington State Department of Agriculture regulations and Weed Board policy; and, maintain legal documentation.
- Maintain a daily work record with project times broken down into corresponding work codes including a brief but identifiable narrative.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Coordinator or project managers as needed to maintain an even workflow.
Work is performed mainly outdoors. Walking over steep and rough terrain carrying equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Exposure to noise, fumes, chemicals and/or extreme weather conditions can be expected. Smartphone operation requires nimble hand-eye dexterity and coordination. Some time may be spent in an office setting with periods of standing, sitting and kneeling. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines. This position requires good human relations skills and punctual attendance. Due to the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department or as designated by the Weed Board Coordinator (no telecommuting).
Pend Oreille County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.