Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play!

Pend Oreille Country is located in Northeastern Washington, on the border 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.

Open Position: Lead Field Inspector

Full Salary Range: $3,543.00 – $4,467.20 per month

Hiring Salary: $3,543.00 – $3,967.57 per month DOE

Benefits include: Eligibility for medical, dental & vision insurance, HRA VEBA and/or HSA, PERS retirement plan options, life insurance, long-term disability, 37.5-hour work week, paid holidays, paid vacation, and paid sick leave, time-based step increases. Paid twice per month on the 10th and the 25th of each month.

BASIC FUNCTIONS: To manage projects and programs that facilitate successful implementation of the Integrated Weed Management program through working with landowners, cooperators, employees, and contractors.  To schedule, track and maintain vehicle and equipment use and maintenance records; and track and maintain field supply inventory records. To guide and supervise Field Inspectors for efficient field work function. Responsible for performing, assigning and ensuring quality and safe implementation of all field work especially when faced with adverse and hazardous conditions; answering the public’s questions concerning weed control methods and requirements; ensuring and maintaining compliance in weed control enforcement and record keeping pursuant to legal procedures; ensuring maintenance of all vehicles and equipment, mapping data; and, designing and implementing or assigning work to realize various construction projects. This position is non-exempt and non-represented.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent. Preference given for college or vocational training in plant sciences, agriculture, communications, education, mechanics, or law enforcement.
  2. Proven ability to read, write and speak the English language; preference for knowledge of agricultural, botanical, and environmental terminology and practices; quality public relation skills including ability to effectively communicate about legal and complex system management.
  3. Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds, and to walk over steep and rough terrain.
  4. Ability to read and orient oneself with a map and navigate with smartphone GPS app, and to utilize smartphone data collection applications.
  5. Hold a valid Driver’s license with a clean driving record; hold or obtain within three (3) months after hire date, a Washington State Boater’s certificate; and hold a current Washington State Department of Agriculture Public Pesticide Operator’s license with agriculture, ornamental, aquatic, and right-of-way endorsements, or successfully pass the test for such within three (3) months after hire date.
  6. Computer experience required, Microsoft Office, ARC/GIS experience preferred.
  7. Must successfully pass a background check, a driving record check, and a pre-employment physical.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Positively represent the Weed Board while working with landowners by providing accurate information and policy interpretation regarding a wide variety of issues such as, federal and state laws as well as county policy on noxious weed control, weed and other plant identification, and weed management methods.
  2. Assist the public, answer questions concerning weed control methods and legal requirements, follow Weed Board recommendations, and until fully licensed, only offer approved written materials for herbicide recommendations.
  3. Adhere to and ensure the rules and regulations of RCW 17.10 and the Pend Oreille County Noxious Weed Control Board Policy are followed by all Field Inspectors when contacting landowners, inspecting properties, treating weed infestations and carrying-out all other steps of an enforcement.
  4. Oversee and implement weed management techniques and technology, including applying herbicide mixes to weed infestations according to Washington State Department of Agriculture regulations and Weed Board Policy.
  5. Perform and ensure accurate maintenance of all infestation monitoring, survey inventory, mapping and control data in their respective storage systems.
  6. Assist in and ensure accurate completion of grant, agreement, enforcement and other control projects; and, maintain legal documentation.
  7. Develop and maintain vehicle and equipment maintenance schedule logs, ensuring Weed Board vehicles and equipment are maintained on a regular schedule and repaired as needed. Schedule regular maintenance, service, and needed repairs, assign personnel and schedule times for vehicle and equipment drop-off and pick-up. Perform and record vehicle and equipment maintenance; and maintain inventory of field supplies.
  8. Maintain a daily and monthly work record with project times denoted as necessary.
  9. Maintain recertification credits for legally prescribing herbicide weed control recommendations.
  10. Perform office functions including but not limited to data entry, composing correspondence, filing, coping, scanning and preparing spreadsheets.
  11. Implement construction projects and other duties as assigned by the Coordinator, Director of Weed Program Operations or cooperatively with other employees as needed to maintain an even workflow.
  12. Assist contractors in locating infestations and on-site assistance in finding individual plants to maximize the quality of control during such applications. Assist Director of Program Operations in performing random, quantifiable check plots to measure percent control to determine compliance for payment of service.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed mainly outdoors, walking over steep and rough terrain carrying equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds. Exposure to noise, fumes, chemicals and/or extreme weather conditions can be expected. Smartphone operation requires nimble hand-eye dexterity and coordination and fine manipulation skills that are also necessary to identify weeds and operate field equipment, computers and various office machines.  Some time may be spent in an office setting with periods of standing, sitting and kneeling. 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.