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Kent County Government - Job Description
Weed Control Assistants

FSLA Status: Non-Exempt
Closing Date: Open until filled


The County Commissioners of Kent County are currently accepting applications for two (2) Part-Time Weed Control Assistant positions available in the Public Works Department. These positions, with general supervision, inspect the county to determine the degree of noxious weed infestation, initiates control and eradication practices when requested by farmers, residents and governmental agencies. Studies and interprets applicable portion of the noxious weed law, informs land owners of these provisions; reports to the Weed Control Coordinator on the county level. Must have a Class C drivers license; possession of a Maryland Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators license is preferred, but not required. Must work well with the public and work cooperatively with Queen Anne's County's Weed Control Coordinator when needed. This is a seasonal position with no benefits, working three days per week April through October. Hourly rate is $14.57 per hour for unlicensed applicators. Obtain an application from the County Commissioners Human Resources Office, 400 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620, (410)778-4595, or go to Receipt of application and copy of complete driving record is required by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019. Screening for illegal drug use will be required prior to appointment. EOE

Job Summary: Inspects the county to determine the degree of noxious weed infestation, initiates control and eradication practices when requested by farmers, residents and governmental agencies.

Essential Functions
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

-Recognizes noxious weeds and knows which herbicides to use to control growth; determines location and degree of infestation of noxious weeds.
-Studies and interprets applicable portion of the noxious weed law, informs land owners of provisions; follows all provisions of the law.
-Suggests crop rotation so that noxious weeds would be prevented from setting seed.
-Operates 4-wheeled vehicle and spraying equipment; performs minor maintenance for continued operation.
-Uses Microsoft Word and Excel to maintain records of program, billing, and reporting requirements in compliance with the Maryland Noxious Weed law; uses software designed by the Maryland State Highway Administration for mapping of noxious and invasive weeds.
-Works cooperatively with Queen Anne’s County’s Weed Control Coordinator when needed.
-Performs other duties as required.

Supervision: The position reports to the Weed Control Coordinator. Position does not supervise staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

-Attention to Detail: Is alert in a high-risk environment; follows detailed procedures and ensures accuracy; carefully monitors gauges, instruments or processes; concentrates on routine work details; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner.

-Flexibility: Adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions.

-Organization: Ability to maintain accurate records and provide reports.

-Responsiveness: Responds to requests for service in a timely and thorough manner; does what is necessary to ensure duties are completed.

-Communication: Ability to communicate with people in a calm and clear manner.

-Mechanical Skill: Ability to work with equipment safely.

Education and Experience:

-Requires a high school diploma or G.E.D.
-One year of experience with practical farm problems and crop rotation preferred.
-Possession of Maryland Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator’s license preferred, but not required.
-Thorough knowledge of the provisions of the Maryland State Noxious Weed Law and current measures as recommended by the Md Dept. of Agriculture.
-Must possess a Class C Maryland Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.
-Or equivalent technical training, education or experience.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is conducted in a variety of outdoor settings that can expose the employee to occasional discomforts from exposure to less than optimal temperature and air conditions. The position routinely requires lifting of items, such as equipment, and/or very long periods of walking on a routine basis, and/or standing for long periods of time and/or frequently requires stooping and bending.

There are routine discomforts from exposure to moderate heat, cold, moisture/wetness and unpleasant air conditions. Work requires special safety precautions, e.g. working around moving parts of sprayer equipment; working with irritant chemicals, etc. Work may require employees to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields; may require working in adverse weather conditions.

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

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