PESTICIDE SPECIALIST

City of Brampton - Brampton, ON (30+ days ago)

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Job Description:
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PESTICIDE SPECIALIST

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Reporting to the Supervisor, Horticulture, assists in the administration of the contracted weed spray program and uses various means to control insects, diseases, weeds and rodents in parks and on turf, trees and shrubs.

Assists with the administration of the contracted weed spray program; informs contractors of areas to be sprayed, oversees work performed; contributes to specifications and variances in conjunction with Foreperson.
Schedules City staff to monitor contracted sprays and to post warning signs; records and verifies hours worked.
Performs Pest Management i.e. insect and disease control for trees and shrubs, turf weed control and parkland rodent control.
Acts on public complaints, recommendations from supervisory and other parks staff.
Inspects site, determines ownership, recommends, selects and implements application/control methods and equipment. Informs initiator of follow-up action.
Trains employees in safe, effective use of pesticides; prepares course materials, schedules classes; conducts sessions.
Fertilizes trees and maintains list of trees requiring fertilizing, calculates rates and amounts to apply, operates sprayer, mixes and injects fertilizer.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of pest management developments, and recommends changes in policies, procedures, or products/equipment.
Participates in Chemical Review Committee; provides input regarding chemical-related legislation, recommendations, etc.
Assists in the co-ordination of pesticide projects: maintains adequate inventory of pesticides and distributes to staff; schedules projects and estimates requirements for upcoming season. Co-ordinates pesticide exposure testing for staff.
Performs snow removal and maintenance; plows, salts and sands, walkways, parking lots, etc.
Performs additional similar and related duties as assigned.

SELECTION CRITERIA:
Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent
Over two (2) years and up to four (4) years experience in an urban forestry or horticulture environment
Landscape Exterminator Licence from the Ministry of Environment
Industrial Vegetation Exterminator Licence for pesticides from the Ministry of Environment
A valid non-probationary Ontario class DZ licence
Knowledge of common plant diseases, pests and agricultural chemicals.
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on customer service
Ability to work independently or as part of a team
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

** Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

Job status: Contract
Job Type: Union

Hourly rate: $30.67

Applications must be received by July 01, 2020

Alternate formats will be provided upon request.

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online by clicking the button above, by July 01, 2020 and complete the attached questionnaire. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate(s) will be required, as a condition of employment, to execute a written employment agreement. A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate at their own expense to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.

Please be advised, the City of Brampton uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the Competition.

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