WEED HAZARD AND PEST ABATEMENT WORKER

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 27, 2019
Full Time
  • Salary: $34,368.00 - $44,909.52 Annually

Job Description





DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURES


FILING DATES: October 1, 2019at 8:00 a.m. (PST)- Until the needs of theservice are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

EXAM #: V0038O

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT: Open Competitive Job Opportunity

JOB TYPE: PERMANENT, eligible register will also be used to fill TEMPORARY positions.

DEFINITION:
Removes flammable vegetation and debris from properties declared to be a nuisance, and assists in the controlor eradication of noxious weeds and vertebrate pests.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class typically work under the direction of a Senior Weed Abatement Worker, Pest Control Worker, or a higher-level supervisor and workas a weed or pest abatement crew member. This responsibility includesperforming manual labor involving the removal of flammable vegetation and debris from properties declared to be a nuisance andcontrolling oreradicating noxious weeds and vertebrate pests by mechanical or chemical means. Assignments require positions to utilize both hand held tools and portable power equipment such as chainsaws and weed eaters in the removal of vegetation or debris, lift heavy loads of debris intodump trucks or compactors, and follow applicable safety procedures and regulations when applying pesticides such as poison baits and fumigants for pest eradication or control. Positions in this class receive instruction in and are expected to learn and comply with safe operating practices and procedures, departmental safety regulations, CAL-OSHA regulations, and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) guidelines for use of safety equipment, protective devices, herbicide/pesticide applications, special clothing, etc.

Essential Job Functions
  • Cuts and removes flammable grasses, weeds, brush and debris.
  • Lifts heavy loads of brush cuttings and debris into a stake side dump truck or compactor.
  • Uses hand tools (i.e., combination hoe/rake, shovels) and portable power equipment (i.e., chainsaws, weed eaters, blowers).
  • Performs routine maintenance of portable power equipment, including cleaning and ensuring proper functioning.
  • Observes and assists in identifying, documenting, and reporting pest infestations.
  • Sets traps and puts out poison bait for the control of various types of vertebrate pests under the supervision of a Qualified Applicator Certificate holder.
  • Treats rodent burrows with toxic fumigants under the supervision of a Qualified Applicator Certificate holder.
  • Treats public lands with insecticides to suppress flea infestations under the supervision of a Qualified Applicator Certificate holder.
  • Demonstrates safe operating practices and procedures, departmental safety regulations, CAL-OSHA regulations, and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) guidelines for use of safety equipment, protective devices, herbicide/pesticide applications, special clothing, etc.
  • Makes minor repairs to application equipment
  • Monitorsbuildings and grounds toassist in the identificationof pest infestations.
  • Drives and assists in the operations ofvehicles such as, but not limited to, small to large pickup trucks, crew cab trucks, stake side trucks, vehicles with motorized spray equipment, and trash compactors to various jobsite locations.
  • Cleans facilities or sites after performing work assignments
  • Documents work hours or activities.

Requirements

SELECTIONREQUIREMENTS:

One year of full-timeoutdoor work experience performing manual labor in landscaping or theremoval of rubbish, weeds, and brush.

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions. Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.

PHYSICAL CLASS IV - Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
*Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin.

**You MUST include a legiblephotocopy of your official transcript(s)and certificate(s) with your application at the time of filing. Your transcript(s) and certificate(s)MUST indicate that you meet the Selection Requirements. Applications submitted without the required documentation will be rejected as incomplete. If you are unable to attach required documents, you may fax them to (626) 652-0740 or email them to TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days of filing. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title.

For applicants with international transcript(s), a report by an evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. must be submitted at the time of filing. The report must confirm the U.S. course/degree equivalency.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Successful completion of a Hazardous Material course from an accredited* college or university.**
  • Possession of a current and valid Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC)in each category: A (Resident, Industrial, and Institutional), B (LandscapeMaintenance), and C (Right-of-Way).**
  • Possession of a current and valid Qualified Applicator License (QAL).**
  • Possession of a current and valid Occupational Safetyand Health Administration (OSHA) certificate.**
  • Possession of a current and valid Chain Saw and Cross Cut certificate.**
  • Possession of a current and valid Wild Land Firefighter certificate.**

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT:
This examination will consist of anevaluation of training,experience, and the Desirable Qualifications based on the application information weighted 100%.

CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ONTHE WEIGHTED PART OF THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names ofcandidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility. Applications will be processed on an as-received basis. No person may compete for this examination more than once in a twelve (12) month period.

SPECIAL INFORMATION

FAIR CHANCE INITIATIVE:
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, regency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The resulting eligible registerfor this examination will be usedto fill PERMANENT ANDTEMPORARY vacancies located throughout the County of Los Angelesin the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures.

AVAILABLE SHIFT:
Appointees will be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends,and holidays.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Applications must be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted. Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website. We must receive your application by 5:00 pm, PST, on the last day of fling.

Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

In order to receive credit for the required degree/coursework, certification, and/or licenses, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization, and/or a legible copy of the official certification and/or licenses at the time of fling or within 15 calendar days (or during the examination process) from the date of filing application.Applications electronically received after 5:00 P.M. (PST) on the last date of filing will not be accepted.

NOTE: If you are unable to attach the required documents, you may fax them to (626) 652-0740 or email them toTanya Marcheseat TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov by the end of thefiling or within 15 calendar days of filingor your application will be rejected as incomplete. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on all the faxed documents. Documents submitted after the end of the filing period will not be considered as part of your application submission.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD
No sharing of User ID, e-mail and password: All applicants must file their application using their own user ID and password. Using a family member of friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
ADA Coordinator Phone: (626) 575-5464
Teletype Phone: (626) 585-5520
California Relay Services: (800) 735-2922
Department Contact Name: Tanya Marchese
Department Contact Phone: (626) 575-5464
Department Contact Email: TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov


Closing Date/Time: