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FERGUS COUNTY Weed Control Coordinator in LEWISTOWN, Montana

Full time positionWAGE: $22 - $26/hr DOEPOSITION SUMMARY:Implement a noxious weed program for Fergus County that includes public education, noxious weed prevention, and control.DUTIES:Administrative Duties:Purchase herbicides, equipment, and other material under the direction of the Fergus County Weed Board to meet objectives of the Fergus County Noxious Weed Management Plan. (within the limitations of available funds).Implement and enforce Weed District compliance with provisions of S7-22-2123 of the M.C.A. (County Noxious Weed Control Act.)Ensure proper equipment maintenance and conduct light repairs.Develop special weed management areas within the county and assist interested parties in writing grant proposals to the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Program.Implement noxious weed inventory and monitoring programs to determine the effectiveness of the Fergus County Weed Management Plan.Coordinate noxious weed management activities between private, county, state and federal land managers..Develop and ensure compliance with contracts/agreements between the County Weed District, State, and Federal entities and private companies for management of noxious Weeds. Notify landowners of noxious weed infested areas on their property, and assist landowners with development, implementation, and monitoring results of noxious weed management plans.Develop and implement preventative programs including re-vegetation, public education on new invading weed species, inspections of county gravel pits, and stock piles, vigilante monitoring of roadsides, railroad rights-of-way, and other areas highly susceptible to newly invading weed species.Write weed management plans for all subdivisions and monitor the plans.Attend state meetings and annual MWCA meetings.Maintain records of all transactions pertaining to the weed department.Follow established protocol to alert the County Commissioners and County Attorney of any areas in which the county might be in violation of the EPA.Manage noxious weeds on all county landsPublic RelationsAnswers questions for the general public and the media concerning the status of weed controlApplies for weed grantsMaintains professionalism by exercising tact, diplomacy and good judgment when dealing with the public or other county staffAssures that all department staff exhibit good public relation skills both on the phone and on the job siteWorks with all other governmental agencies on an as needed basisResponsible for the completion of monthly billing, (accounts receivable) and monthly payments (accounts payable) for the weed department.SafetyFollow all OSHA Standards at all times.Personally oversee and conduct safety training and safety meetings. Seek outside safety training programs and attend personally and/or send staff members.QUALIFICATIONS:Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.Working knowledge of plant identification, biology, and ecology with emphasis on noxious weeds. .Knowledge of weed management methods including herbicides, biological and cultural control methods.Ability to interpret aerial photographs and topographic maps. (preferred)Working knowledge of computers, including word processing, and GIS and GPS systems.Understanding of Montana Weed Laws and Pesticide Regulations.Working knowledge of sprayer equipment operation and calibration. Ability to perform light maintenance on equipment.Must have, or be able to obtain, a Governmental Pesticide Applicators license, Pesticide Dealer's License, (and could be trained as a Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage agent/inspector). Governmental Pesticide Applicators License must be obtained within 6 (six) months from the date of hire.Must possess a valid Montana Driver's License Must be able to administer all Grants.EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:A high school or equivalent diploma.Two Years experience in weed management activities including application of integrated weed control tools (biological, cultural, and chemical methods a plus). Education may