Professional Applicator Position


Professional Applicator Position

The Payette County Noxious Weed and Gopher Control Department has a part-time position open for a Seasonal Spray Applicator Position

Status - Full time
Salary $13.00 - $15.00 per hour, DOE
Shift – Days
Closing Date: 01/29/2018, 8:00am


General statement of duties:
Performs working level semi-skilled and skilled duties to assist with the County weed program; performs related work as required.

Classification Summary:
The primary function of an employee in this class is to perform herbicide and pesticide applications, cleanup, and maintenance of vehicles and spraying equipment. The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Weed supervisor. The principal duties of this class are performed outdoors and may include working in adverse weather conditions and hazards involving the use of spraying equipment and hazardous chemicals.

Examples of work (illustrative only):
Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Assists to survey County in search of noxious weeds, including plotting and mapping problem sites and communicating with landowners regarding regulations pertaining to weed control;
  • Calculates chemical application concentrations and rates per acre and mixes chemical based on correct proportions for the job;
  • Operates motor vehicle with spraying equipment to perform safe application of herbicides and pesticides after assessing environmental and other conditions effecting the job;
  • Assists with recording services to property owners noting extent of spraying operation, fees to be charged, and prepares and submits daily reports to Supervisor;
  • Maintains, calibrates, and performs basic to semi-extensive repairs on motorized, mechanical and application equipment;
  • Keeps current and accurate maintenance records and abides by a strict equipment maintenance schedule;
  • Assisting in maintaining MSDS Manual
  • Conducts weed treatment and experimental control including collecting specimens of weeds for identification and study and maintaining weed identification records;
  • Manage herbicide inventory and usage;
  • Assists with training and supervision of seasonal and full time applicators;
  • Certify Idaho Noxious Weed Free Forage and Straw;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, and safety practices;
  • Comply with ISDA Pesticide Rules and Regulations;
  • Keep abreast of new invading species;
  • Treat public, staff and supervisor with positive regard.

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • Extensive travel time throughout County;
    Performs other related duties as required by supervisor;
    Sometimes supervises or oversees work done by others;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Applicable regulations and policies regarding safe work practices, including application of herbicides and pesticides;
  • EPA guidelines and regulations;
  • County geography;
  • Customer service skills;
  • Safe operation of basic power and hand tools;
  • Basic maintenance procedures on a motor vehicle;
  • Safe and correct operation of a four wheel drive vehicle.
Ability to:
  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Operate a motor vehicle, including four wheel drive trucks, ATV’s and UTV’s;
  • Operate, adjust, and monitor spraying equipment;
  • Maintain spraying records, logs, and documentation;
  • Operate general shop hand and power tools;
  • Read and interpret road maps;
  • Perform basic mathematical computations in determining percentages for chemical concentrations;
  • Work in a potentially hazardous environment;
  • Maintain an Idaho Professional Applicators license through recertification;
  • Communicate effectively with the public and other employees including in sensitive situations.
Acceptable Experience and Training
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalency is preferred and some knowledge of agriculture is preferred; and
  • Two (2) years related work experience performing herbicide and/or pesticide application is preferred;
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Special/Other Qualifications
  • Valid Driver’s License;
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain Idaho Professional Applicators License (Laws and Safety, Agricultural Herbicides, Rodent Control, and Aquatic categories);
  • Basic Computer Skills (email, web browser, etc.);
Essential Physical Abilities
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, labels, and package instructions;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a variety of applicator equipment, power and hand tools, make adjustments to equipment and operate a motor vehicle;
  • Sufficient strength to lift a maximum of 50 pounds;
  • Sufficient body mobility, agility, and flexibility to perform maintenance and applicator operation and perform strenuous activities for extended periods of time in varied weather conditions.



Applications can be downloaded here and returned to the Noxious Weed & Gopher office or the Department of Labor


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