Chemical Spray Technician

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SUMMARY: Under close supervision, applies herbicides and pesticides to control or eliminate invasive weeds and pests in compliance with Florida laws; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)

  1. Mixes herbicides and pesticides according to manufacturer’s specification sheets.
  2. Sprays weeds and vegetation in canals from boat or truck.
  3. Sprays nuisance weeds and pests in easements, parks, planters, rights-of-way and special projects.
  4. Stores and disposes of herbicides and pesticides according to hazardous materials codes.
  5. May oversee the work of outside contractors.
  6. Maintains spray equipment and may maintain airboat.
  7. Maintains required records of chemical spray activity.
  8. Prepares and applies liquid fertilizers according to schedule.
  9. May plan, prioritize, and schedule application of aquatic herbicides, depending on assignment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of safe practices in mixing, application and disposal of pesticides and herbicides.
  • Knowledge of spray equipment calibration.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Skill in utilizing a variety of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Skill in following oral and written instructions.
  • Skill in operating and working around moving equipment.
  • Skill in utilizing public relations techniques in responding to inquiries and complaints.
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Skill in maintaining required records of chemicals applied and frequency.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work in all types of weather. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED, and one (1) year of related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. State of Florida Restricted Pesticide/Herbicide License is required, or ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. Additional certification may include: Commercial Driver’s License; Use Pesticide/Aquatic license; City of West Palm Beach Respirator Operator.
FLSA Code: Non Exempt
B/U: SEIU
Last Revised date: April 2001
 
Overtime: No
 
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