There is one opening with the Yakima County Horticulture Department. The position coordinates the activities and recommendations of the Pest Board; receive and resolve complaints involving horticultural pests in commercial and noncommercial properties. This recruitment could be used to fill job openings that occur within 90 days of the closing of this posting.
Essential Job Functions:
Coordinates the work activities and goals assigned by the Horticultural Pest & Disease Board (HPDB). Initial Program development including drafting of Program policies and procedures in compliance with State regulations and Board requirements.
Develops and maintains working relationships with community residents and orchardists. Coordinates efforts of the HPDB to ensure eradication of specific fruit tree pests; provides communication on of new laws, information and new programs related to the eradication of specific fruit tree pests. Provides Program reports to HPDB and other interested parties.
Recruits and provides on-the-job (site) training of staff and / or volunteers as to their responsibilities and duties including proper pest management techniques, field inspections, and pest infestation levels.
Develops funding sources; writes proposals, determines needs and administers grants and or funds raised. Prepares initial scope of work, schedules and budgets for consulting services on assigned projects. Prepares, negotiates and tracts contracts and budgets with local contractors.
Assures financial integrity of the program funds through creating and maintaining current expenditure reports and reporting all expenditures to the Board. Ensures the processing of accounts payable and receivable for services acquired or generated by Program. Maintains a variety of records pertaining to pesticide application and/or host plant removal.
Public outreach and assistance including brochures, presentations and news releases. Offers public assistance in regard to controlling non-desirable horticultural pests on their property. Prepares maps, powerpoint presentations and training manuals.
Makes and returns telephone calls to answer inquiries or contact landowners and orchardists. Investigate complaints concerning infested property. Proper documentation of actions taken.
Other duties required. (required duty statement) using tree loppers and pruning saws, use of chainsaw for tree removal.
Experience & Training:
Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Horticultural (orchard), Pest Management Training or related plus two years of agricultural, horticultural or pest management and / or program management experience, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Valid WA State Driver’s License
WSDA Pesticide – Public Consultant and / or Public Operator License within six months of employment
Employment verification and reference checks may be required.
Two years’ experience in agriculture, particularly in crop protection or pest management, orchard production, horticulture.
1 year Supervisory / Lead experience.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Duties are classified as Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Requires Standing, Sitting, Walking, Lifting, Carrying, Pushing, Pulling, Bending, Reaching, Handling, Climbing, Balancing, Kneeling, Crouching, Talking, Feeling, Visual Acuity. Exposure to Weather, Noise, Vibration, Atmospheric Conditions, and Moving & Mechanical Parts.
The majority of time will be spent outdoors conducting visual inspections and communicating with the public.
Computer, fax, mobile phone, GPS units, digital camera, variety of sprayers, equipment, vehicles.
Supervisory and managerial principals, methods and techniques; Safety regulations and methods related to pest control, pesticide use and spraying; Financial management and budgeting techniques; Insect and disease pest monitoring and identification methods; Public outreach and communication skills.
Use of a personal computer, related software and basic office equipment; Obtaining a Public Consultant or equivalent Pesticide License issued through the Washington State Department of Agriculture; Advising landowners and property owners on fruit tree pest control; Operating pesticide spray equipment; Applying pesticides with care and within label guidelines; Recordkeeping including accounts payable and receivable; Creating and managing a budget; Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with the staff, officials, landowners and the general public; Oral and written communication sufficient to give information to and receive direction from the Board.