Agricultural Chemical Sprayer
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER/WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
FILING DATES: April 25, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) - Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.
EXAM NUMBER: V0398B
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT: Open Competitive Job Opportunity
JOB TYPE: Permanent
APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE SELECTION REQUIREMENTS AT THE TIME OF FILING.
Applies or directs the application of selected pesticide sprays to public maintained areas.
Positions allocable to this class have responsibility for selecting and applying pesticide treatments to the grounds and property of the County and to public areas under contract to the County. Positions in this class typically report to a Regional Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Regional Park Superintendent, or Flood Control Construction Supervisor. Incumbents must have a working knowledge of pesticide laws and regulations as set forth by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, the California Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies.
Some positions may be required to provide technical supervision to a small crew of workers in the safe and effective application of restricted agricultural and related pesticides and must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing and exercise basic supervisory skills.
Positions in this class usually perform arduous tasks such as bending, stooping, and lifting heavy objects in the performance of their duties.
Essential Job Functions
Selects, mixes, and applies or participates in the selection, mixing, and application of various pesticides such as insecticides, algaecides, rodenticides, herbicides and fungicides for areas such as turf, fence lines, ball diamonds, planter and shrub beds, waterways, access roads, parks, government building exteriors, landscaping on median strips, parkway planters on public roadways, and public jurisdiction rights-of-way; uses respirators and appropriate protective gear in the application of pesticides as required by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-Osha), Department of Agriculture and other regulatory agencies; develops vegetation control spray programs and schedules for a maintenance area or region of a County Department and participates in the management of such programs; maintains spray equipment including preventive maintenance and minor repair; oversees compliance with label requirements; orders and may issue controlled pesticides; keeps records, prepares and maintains reports regarding control and use of pesticides; responsible for the safe storage and use of pesticides in conformance with regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department of Agriculture, Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures; provides safety training to pesticide applicators and others associated with pesticide applications; provides technical direction in the safe and effective application of restricted and non-restricted pesticides to a small crew of Grounds Maintenance Workers, Public Works Maintenance Workers, Public Works Laborers or others workers performing pesticide spraying activities; drives and operates vehicles such as, but not limited to, small to large pickup trucks, crew cab trucks, and vehicles with motorized spray equipment to various jobsite locations; cleans facilities or sites after performing work assignments; and documents work hours or activities.
OPTION I: One year of paid, full-time work experience in the preparation and application of pesticides using high pressure, power driven spray equipment - AND - A current and valid Qualified Applicator Certificate* (QAC) issued by the State of California, Department of Pesticide Regulation with categories: A - Residential, Industrial, and Institutional, B - Landscape Maintenance, and C - Right-of-Way.
OPTION II: Two years of paid, full-time work experience in grounds maintenance and care work assisting in the preparation and application of pesticides using high pressure, power driven spray equipment - AND - A current and valid Qualified Applicator Certificate* (QAC) issued by the State of California, Department of Pesticide Regulation with categories: A - Residential, Industrial, and Institutional, B - Landscape Maintenance, and C - Right-of-Way.
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.
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:
* In order to receive credit for any college course work or for completion of a certificate, training program, or seminar program, you MUST include a legible photocopy of the official college transcript(s), official license, or official certificate of completion with your application at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing. Your transcript(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 fifteen (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 or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing. The report must confirm the U.S. course/degree equivalency.
Accredited colleges and universities include all four-year colleges and universities that meet the accreditation guidelines indicated on the bulletin.
* Successful completion of classes in Agriculture, Horticulture, Landscape Irrigation and/or Plant Science from an accredited college or university.*
* Possession of a current and valid Agricultural Pest Control Advisor License, Pest Control Aircraft Pilot Certificate, Pest Control Dealer Designated Agent License, and/or a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Trapping License.*
This examination will consist of an evaluation of training, experience, and the Desirable Qualifications based on the application information weighted 100%.
CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON THE WEIGHTED PART OF THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.
ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: The names of candidates 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.
FINGERPRINTING AND SECURITY CLEARANCE: Before a final appointment is made to this position, candidates are subject to security clearance which includes fingerprinting. An individual may be withheld from appointment, if he/she has a conviction record incompatible with the essential duties of the position for which he/she has applied. Any false statement or omission of material fact may cause forfeiture of employment rights. Information presented on employment applications, resumes and during the examination process is subject to verification. Disqualifying factors may include but are not limited to: felony convictions, certain job-related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (e.g. 4 or more moving violations within the past 2 years, failure to appear, at-fault accidents, and driving under the influence), illegal use of certain controlled substances and/or poor employment history.
VACANCY INFORMATION: The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures located throughout the County of Los Angeles.
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. Fill out your application and Job Specific Questionnaire completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.
All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination process. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you clearly show that you meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS.
Please fill out the application completely and correctly so that you will receive full credit for related education, work experience, and receive all corresponding letters/emails regarding your exam status. Be sure your application shows complete information, including dates for education and jobs held which relate to this position. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, titles of courses completed, dates completed, and number of credits earned. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, the number of hours worked per week, detailed description of work performed, your role, level of involvement, independence, size of organization, complexity, level of accountability surrounding your experience, and salary earned. All information is subject to verification. Failure to provide the complete information may impact assessment of your qualifications and acceptance into the examination process.
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.
Applicants must submit their applications by 5:00 P.M. (PST) on the last day of filing. In order to receive credit for any college course work or for completion of a training program or seminar program, you MUST include a legible photocopy of the official college transcript(s), official license, or official certificate of completion with your application at the time of filing. Your transcript(s) MUST indicate that you meet the Selection Requirements. Applications submitted without the required documentation will be rejected as incomplete.
NOTE: If you are unable to attach the required documents, you may fax them to (626) 652-0740 or email them to Tanya Marchese at TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov by the end of the filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing or 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
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or 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.
ADA Coordinator Phone: (626) 575-5464
Teletype Phone: (626) 585-5520
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Department Contact Name: Tanya Marchese
Department Contact Phone: (626) 575-5464
Department Contact Email: TMarchese@acwm.lacounty.gov
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