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Park County, Montana Weed Department Supervisor, Junk Vehicle Coordinator, Mosquito Control in Livingston, Montana

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

Work Unit: Public Works
Supervisor: Public Works Director

Current Classification:
Title: Weed Department Supervisor/Junk Vehicle Coordinator/Mosquito Control Supervisor
Pay Grade: 15 $14.63- $21.94 hourly Non-Exempt
Subordinates: Seasonal Weed Employees (4)
Administrative Assistant (shared)
Mosquito Employee (1)
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II. ASSIGNED DUTIES AND TASKS

Position overview: The purpose of this position is threefold - to manage and coordinate noxious weed control efforts, to manage and carry out all junk vehicle efforts, and to manage and coordinate mosquito control efforts in Park County.
The Weed Department implements an effective noxious weed management program for the protection of our agriculture, natural resources, biodiversity, and ecosystem’s integrity. The Weed Coordinator is responsible for managing County right-of-way and property from the degrading impacts of noxious weeds. This is accomplished by implementing sound policies and procedures of integrated pest management that includes: monitoring, prevention, herbicide application, biological control, mechanical control and cultural control, as well as educating the public to handle weeds on private, state, and federal lands in Park County. This includes performing administrative, supervisory and technical duties in support of the operation of and ensuring that employees properly apply herbicides in accordance with federal, state and county laws.

The Junk Vehicle Program works with community members to remove their junk vehicles and recycle them through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. On occasion, the program may assist the Park County Sheriff’s Office with the recycling of abandoned vehicles that are handled through their office.

The Mosquito Control Program responsibilities include administrative and budgetary roles with oversight of the seasonal employee. The Supervisor ensures that the employee is filling out appropriate daily application records, is handling and mixing insecticides correctly, and handles any complaints that need additional attention. The supervisor on occasion may perform insecticide application.

All duties below are essential functions unless otherwise indicated. Duties of the position are not all inclusive and subject to change.

1. Provide Integrated Noxious Weed Management, Junk Vehicle and Mosquito Control Programs for Park County:
• Supervise a comprehensive professional weed management program that includes mitigation, control, education, and enforcement. This includes administration, budgeting, employee oversight, and ensuring all application and record keeping requirements are being followed and performed.
• Manage the Mosquito Control Program, including administration, budgeting, employee oversight, and ensuring all application and record keeping requirements are being followed and performed.
• Manage the Junk Vehicle Recycling Program, including administration, budgeting, coordination and retrieval of vehicles following state statutes, policies, procedures and guidelines.
• Prepare annual budgets for Commission approval. Prepare bids, financial agreements and contracts with federal, state and county, and private entities. This includes coordinating, managing and administering contract funds, maintaining financial records, monitoring expenditures and preparing and submitting reports to federal, state and county agencies as needed to maintain funding, ensure compliance and to report on program accomplishments.
• Prepare and maintain Capital Improvement Plans for Equipment and Projects.
• Responsible for safety programs including maintaining SDS sheets, equipment operation, maintenance and maintenance schedules, and employee training
• Participate and contribute as a member on the County Safety Committee such as attending meetings and performing inspections (ex. buildings, green boxes, and fire extinguishers.)
2. Noxious Weed Management Programmatic Duties include:
• Schedule, prepare, and host quarterly Weed Board meetings.
• Maintain the Park County Noxious Weed Management Plan as stipulated statutorily in the Weed Act and provide the plan, biannually to the Montana Department of Agriculture. Provide consultation and technical assistance to the Weed Board and County Commission in preparing, revising, and implementing the plan. Continue to implement and expand integrated strategies such as monitoring, prevention, herbicide application, biological control, mechanical control and cultural control.
• Develop Noxious Weed Management Plans for subdivisions. These plans are prepared following preliminary plat approval and field inspections for inclusion in the final subdivision approval documents.
• Work in conjunction with the Park County Montana State University Extension office for education, outreach, grants, and non-compliance issues.
• Secure grant opportunities, conduct pertinent research and weed analyses, match applicants with appropriate grants and ensure compliance with donor requirements and government standards. Coordinate, manage and administer grant programs for the Weed Board, including the allocation of funds, maintaining records, negotiating and preparing contracts, providing technical assistance, monitoring grant expenditures and preparing and distributing reports.

3. Perform Weed Management Activities and Supervision:
• Perform herbicide application operations using broad jet and hand-line systems in accordance with department policies and procedures and applicable laws. Operate vehicles and application delivery systems for noxious weed management. This equipment may include but is not limited to: spray trucks, side-by-sides, ATV’s, and backpacks. Adhere to all department safety standards including observing weather conditions, traffic, water, insects, and animals that may affect spraying operations.
• Manage and oversee seasonal staff with assistance from Human Resources. This may include hiring, performance management and appraisal, training, and possible discipline. Assign work schedules and direct seasonal employees by determining the location, time, equipment, and personnel necessary to complete herbicide application, noxious weed management and monitoring projects, and/or noxious weed inspections.
• Provide training for staff to include identification of hazardous materials, how to properly handle, mix, and apply pesticides and restricted use pesticides. Ensures employee attendance for mandatory and optional safety training. on
• Inspect private properties when requested by the property owner to develop a noxious weed management plan for them to follow.
• Annual Gravel Pit inspections and certification of private and county pits.
• Annual Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage (aka Weed Free Hay) inspection and certification of private fields in accordance with MT Dept of Agriculture requirements.
• Ensure safe work practices by monitoring safety procedures, working practices, conducting safety meetings, and making material Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available to all persons handling and applying herbicide and participate as a board member of on the Park County Safety Committee.

4. Provide Outreach, Education and Coordination for Noxious Weed Management:
• Participate as a member of the Montana Weed Control Association (MWCA), Southcentral Area MWCA, and the Park County Cooperative Weed Management Area (locally known as CWMA).
• Coordinate with other local, state and federal agencies to develop cooperative management objectives and to facilitate effective treatment and coordination efforts. Specific stakeholders include private landowners, state agencies, federal land management agencies, other interested agencies and individuals to facilitate effective weed management strategies.
• Facilitate weed management efforts by working with volunteers, landowner groups and area stakeholders. This includes working closely with local, state, regional, and adjacent weed groups to monitor noxious weed movement, coordinate prevention and control measures, and learn new control strategies. Conduct educational classes and help landowners and land managers incorporate noxious weed management strategies that help them meet their land use goals.
• Maintain equipment and restricted use herbicide assistance program(s) for qualified individuals in the public.
• Provide noxious weed identification, consultation, and advice on management strategies to assist the public and other agencies including technical advice on equipment calibration, herbicides rates and limitations, and plant life stages.
• Conduct community and education outreach to audiences of all ages by hosting pesticide applicator education courses, public presentations, and education events.
• Conduct community and education outreach through advertisements, notices, in both hardcopy and electronic formats.
• Communicate with the public to notify them of noxious and invasive weed issues and regulatory compliance requirements. Address complaints and non-compliance situations as they arise.

5. Administer an Integrated Mosquito Control Program for Park County
• Provide for a comprehensive program that includes mitigation, control, and education.
• Continue to implement and expand strategies such as surveillance, prevention, adulticide, biological control (larvacide), and cultural control.
• Participate in the Montana Vector Control Association (MVCA) annual conference.
• Coordinate with other local, state and federal agencies to develop cooperative management objectives and to facilitate effective education, treatment and coordination efforts.

6. Administer the MT Dept of Environmental Quality Junk Vehicle Recycling Program for Park County.
• Retrieve junk vehicles and maintain junk vehicle records
• Inspect private junk vehicle and wrecking yards
• Maintain County Junk Vehicle Yard certificates with DEQ.

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