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FALLON COUNTY Seasonal Weed Crew Hand/Driver in BAKER, Montana

Employer is accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Weed Crew Hand/Driver.

Job Overview This position uses a variety chemical spray equipment to control identified noxious weeds in Fallon County. This work involves extensive outside manual labor in a variety of weather conditions. Participates in regular maintenance of equipment and cleaning of the shop.

Essential Functions Chemical Spraying-Identifies noxious weeds. Using established procedures and equipment including but limited to 4x4 trucks, ATV/UTV\'s, GPS, pumps, small engines, and Personal Protective Equipment, sprays weeds with approved chemicals. Ensures spraying procedures adhere to weed control rules and regulations via training, established written materials and communication with the Coordinator and other crew members. Spray procedures include extensive walking and/or driving.

Equipment Maintenance and Facility Cleaning-Performs regular maintenance on equipment, including checking and/or changing oil and tire pressure. Cleans equipment including washing vehicles. Cleans and organizes shop.

Competencies The knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics to perform this work include but are not necessarily limited to: Adaptability, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Dependability, Flexibility, Herbicide Application, Initiative, Map Reading, Mechanical, Oral & Written Expression, Record Keeping, and Safe Operation of Vehicle/Equipment. This position requires significant attention to detail in the identification of noxious weeds and subsequent spraying of chemicals. Ability to read, understand and utilize maps, aerial photos, and GPS equipment. Must be able to safety drive a 4x4 truck, ATV/UTV while engaging in various spray methods. Knowledge of basic tools including purpose, repair, and maintenance. Maintain accurate and neat records of daily chemical applications, as required by State law.

Possess excellent customer service and interpersonal skills to resolve questions and concerns with courtesy and respect, using good judgment and discretion. Effectively interact with variety of personalities and demands of the public. Willingness to work beyond routine and scheduled hours. Ability to work independently. Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Safety Safety is a primary duty and a personal responsibility. County employees are responsible for reading, understanding and following safety rules and procedures as identified within County Policy, our Safety Program as well as at each department/work location/JSA. This position is responsible for wearing PPE as identified in the JSA or when working in areas where there is danger of injury. PPE may include but is not limited to hard hats, protective eye wear, ear protection and/or helmets. Responsible for wearing suitable work clothes as determined by the Weed Control Coordinator. Reports all injuries, hazards and/or near misses utilizing established reporting forms and procedures. Knows the location of first aid kits, fire extinguishers and other safety devices. Attends all safety meetings including annual training. This position will not perform potentially hazardous tasks or use any hazardous material until properly trained.

Supervisory Responsibility This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment This position performs work throughout Fallon County in outdoor settings and in a variety of weather conditions including but not limited to heat, sun, wind and rain. Exposed to a variety of grasses, weeds, trees, shrubs, flowers and other sources of pollen.

Required Education and Experience A Crew Hand must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age. A Crew Driver must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

Preferred Education and Experience Experience in using a side-by-side and manual transmission is preferred. Knowledge of the identification of noxious weeds and herbicides used in their control is a plus; however, extensive on the job training is provided in both areas.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications Must possess a valid Driver License. This position will use County owned vehicles and/or equipment and is subject to a motor vehicle driving history review.

Salary Schedule The starting wage for this position is \$14.50 per hour. Experienced and returning seasonal crew hands will be paid on the following schedule: 2nd Year: \$15.25 per hour 3rd Year: \$16.50 per hour 4th Year: \$18.00 per hour

Position Type/Hours of Work: This seasonal position typically works during the summer months; shifts may be up to twelve (12) hours and may begin at 4:30 a.m. Schedule is often dependent upon the weather; the needs of the department may result in overtime (in excess of forty (40) hours per week in accordance with Fallon County policy) and will be compensated at time and a half.

Physical and Environmental Demands While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk on uneven surfaces, sit, bend, and reach with hands and arms. May be required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. May be required to lift up to fifty (50) pounds. Specific vision abilities include close and distant vision. Will work in a variety of weather conditions.