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POSITION:

Work under the direction of the Supervisor, Senior Mosquito Control Technician and/or Director of the District. Be assigned to work areas in Franklin County which he/she performs mosquito surveillance, larviciding and adulticiding activities using biological, cultural or chemical methods of control. Perform mosquito ULV spraying as needed. Keep accurate record of sites visited and/or treated, using forms provided by the District. Update field maps as needed. Cut and maintain trails that provide access to mosquito breeding sites. Perform equipment, facility and grounds maintenance as needed. Attend training/safety sessions/courses as needed for certification.

Keep informed and follow the District policies and procedures. Drive District provided vehicles and operate specialized spray equipment with care and safety. Perform other job duties as assigned by the Senior Mosquito Control Technician, Supervisor and/or Director. Normal work hours are 7:00 am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday with possible work hours in the evening and on Saturday. Washington State Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers abstract will be required prior to employment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NEEDED FOR THIS POSITION:

Through the supervision and training of the Supervisor, Senior Mosquito Control Technician and/or Director gain knowledge of the techniques of integrated pest management control; specifically in the use of public health insecticides, worker safety, and equipment used in public health pest control.

  • Compile, analyze and maintain operating records and prepare definitive reports
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with superiors, subordinates and the public

EXAMPLES OF FIELD OPERATIONS DUTIES:

  • Plans and organizes inspections and control operations in conformance with federal/state laws, District policy and program objectives and methods and findings determined by the Supervisor and/or Director.
  • Carries out the District’s safety program in pesticide applicator and application equipment safety as required by federal/state laws.
  • Monitors and reviews inspection and application records for accuracy, completeness, and efficacy of treatment.
  • Maintains and updates maps and breeding site inventories used in the daily operations of the District.
  • Manage public relations situations resulting from field operations; calls on property owners and others concerned and explains the Districts program and solicits property owners' cooperation in public health pest control.
  • Performs inspector/sprayer technician personnel duties as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to carry out essential functions as directed by the District’s Supervisor and/or Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Be a high school graduate or equivalent. Be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Washington State Driver's License and be insurable under the District's current insurance policy. (Applicants must supply a current abstract of their driving record. An abstract may be obtained from the driver's license examining office). Must obtain a current certified Washington State Department of Agriculture Public Operators License in law and safety and public operator categories within one week of employment.

Be able to walk over uneven sloping terrain while carrying backpack spray equipment up to 65 pounds.  Be able to accurately interpret pesticide labels and make proper pesticide applications using information contained within the label. Be able to learn the operation of specialized equipment. Be safety minded with the ability to keep detailed records and evaluate situations while accurately adopting an effective course of action. Be able to work independently and cooperatively with other employees and the public. Be able to adapt to the irregular hours inherently involved in public pest control.

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