Goverment Jobs
January 15, 2020
Durango, Colorado
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Job Summary

Plans, supervises and participates in daily enforcement of the state weed law and the County's Undesirable Plant Management Plan; educates and raises public awareness of the state law. Identifies and locates invasive vegetation, brush and trees; maps noxious weeds using GPS and GIS equipment; maintains weed management data and provides accurate notification to landowners regarding noxious weeds.

This is a full-time position with benefits.

Essential Job Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Those responsibilities that are performed are delivered within the framework of intermediate level experience and qualifications recognizing appropriate supervisory review and oversight.

Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with County policies, procedures and applicable laws including: interviewing, hiring and training, planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Administers the state weed law; notifies private land owners and public land managers to control named noxious weeds that are established on their lands; educates land owners of their responsibility in weed management.

Monitors, participates, and comments on current, newly adopted, and proposed legislation related to weed management issues.

Disseminates up-to-date information on the latest effective integrated weed management techniques to all interested parties. Educates public about weeds in formal environments.

Manages County weed program contracts; assures complete accuracy in the application of the measures to be used in the management of unwanted vegetation. Maintains application records submitted by sub contractors. Maintains files related to contracts with application records.

Manages and participates in the development, improvement and maintenance of hardware and software for the County Noxious Weed GIS/GPS mapping land landowner notification system.

Performs or supervises unwanted vegetation surveys and assists in developing the most cost effective, integrated management plans for individuals or agencies.

Supervises and participates in the daily enforcement of state weed law and the County Undesirable Plant Management Plan.

Manages and coordinates the release of biological agents between landowners, land managers, and the State Department of Agriculture Insectory; works with all parties to select the best release sites to prevent insect mortality due to climate or other circumstances; insures accurate field data is recorded and forwarded to the State Insectory.

Reports weed management status to the Undesirable Weed and Rodent Committees to develop strategies related to the County Undesirable Plant Management Plan; reports progress to the BoCC as necessary.

Inspects or supervises the inspection of noxious weeds for projects referred through the approval procedures of the County Planning department.

Reviews all applications for the weed cost share program and makes chemical and timing recommendations for all listed species; approves individual applications; visits treatment sites as required; meets with landowners to insure effective management strategies.

Works with landscape architects and nurseries to prevent the proliferation of invasive ornamental weeds.

Responds to spraying and adjacent landowner noxious weed complaints.

Represents the County before groups; speaks to legislators, land managers, civic organizations, garden clubs, homeowner meetings, college classes and relates the importance of integrated weed management.

Oversees grounds maintenance and weed management at designated County properties.

Maintains and assists in the production of educational and public awareness information and brochures.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Regular and predictable attendance is required.


Computer, General Office Equipment, Pickup Truck, Various Types of Spraying Equipment, GISField Data Collection Equipment

Minimum Qualifications Required

Education and Experience:

High School diploma or GED; and,

Two to four years of progressively responsible related experience; or,

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

State Qualified Supervisor License from the CO State Department of Agriculture for the commercial application of pest control agents, minimum categories: 103,107, and 109.

Valid State Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Integrated Weed Management, prevention, cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical control methods.

Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.

Administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.

All applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations.

Computer applications related to the work.

Skill in:

Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.

Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.

Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on ongoing projects.

Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.

Using a VDT to accurately and rapidly enter and retrieve data and information.

Using mathematics.

Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.

Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.

Selecting and motivating staff and providing for their training and professional development.

Ability to:

Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.

Ability to speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and formulate plans of action.

Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Statement

La Plata County prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with La Plata County on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or genetic information.

La Plata County is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. La Plata County takes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for protected classes, persons with disabilities and for covered veterans. Covered veterans include: special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Vietnam era veterans, or any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized.

Inquiries regarding La Plata County's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to:

Director of Human Resources

1060 Main Avenue, Suite 106

Durango, CO 81301

Tel: (970)382-6361

Fax: (970)375-7985

Email:[email protected]

La Plata County offers an extensive comprehensive package including medical, dental, vision, retirement, life insurance and long term disability.

For a complete description of our benefits, please visit our summary of benefits

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