Watershed Management Technician II

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SUMMARY: Under general supervision, manages natural areas, Watershed and Stormwater lakes, canals, wetlands and environmental areas; evaluates, selects, and applies the proper herbicides in compliance with current Florida state laws; performs routine maintenance and operational functions at Watershed pumping stations, wellfields and water control structures; 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)
  • Evaluates vegetation and weed control requirements by physical inspection, identification and extent of infestation.
  • Selects appropriate herbicide, mixes and applies chemicals according to manufacturers label specifications and following approved application techniques.
  • Applies chemicals to weeds and vegetation from truck, boats and all terrain vehicles.
  • Maintains powered spray equipment, backpack sprayers and hand-held spray equipment.
  • Operates and performs preventative maintenance on mechanical aquatic weed harvester, watercraft, and related equipment.
  • Prepares and maintains records of chemical applications, completes field reports and time sheets.
  • May plan, prioritize and schedule aquatic weed harvesting, algaecide and herbicide applications depending on assignment and conditions.
  • Operates and performs preventative maintenance on Go-Devil water craft.
  • Operates and performs preventative maintenance on Weedoo Weed Harvester.
  • Observes standard operating procedures and safety practices, supports and participates in City safety programs.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of basic native plant and animal species of Southeast Florida.
  • Knowledge of watercraft operation and safety practices.
  • Knowledge of safety, practices in mixing, application and disposal of pesticides and herbicides.
  • Knowledge of spray equipment and calibration procedures.
  • 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, watercraft.
  • 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. Work in remote areas and conditions in remote semi-wilderness areas of the city. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (greater than 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. A State of Florida Pesticide/Herbicide License and Aquatic Certification is required, or ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment. Natural area certification within 18 months of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. Additional certification may include: Commercial Driver’s License, Class B and City of West Palm Beach Respirator Operator and other applicable certifications as required.

FLSA Code: NE
B/U: SEIU
Last revision date: October 2012