Salary: $18.35-$22.40 hourly / $3,191-$3,895 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, stores, handles, mixes and
applies pesticides in accordance with federal, state, and local laws
and regulations; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is primarily responsible
for eliminating or inhibiting the growth of unwanted vegetation, and
for controlling rodent and insect problems in flood control
channels, creeks, drainage ditches, culverts, rivers, access and
public roads, and rights-of-way; and for performing other
maintenance and duties as related to Public Works operations.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Orders, stores, handles, mixes, and applies pesticides in
accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
identifies and chemically treats primary and secondary noxious
weeds; controls rodent and insect pest populations to ensure safety
of department employees; drives trucks to transport pesticides and
spray equipment to site; uses manual and computer-controlled spray
rigs and tanker trailers; cleans, services, maintains, and does
minor repair work on spray rigs and vehicles; schedules appropriate
herbicide applications for flood control, right-of-way, open space,
mitigation sites, and park areasand monitors effectiveness of
treatment; performs diagnostic checks of computerized spray rigs;
calibrates spray equipment to ensure accuracy of concentration;
explains to the public, when requested, the type of pesticide being
applied and the reasons for pesticide applications.
2. Purchases ancillary supplies and materials as needed; ensures
adequate supply of pesticides is available for applications; keeps
monthly pesticide records of material used.
3. Prepares pesticide use forms, safety training worksheets, and
storage site inspection records as required; obtains necessary
permits from the Agricultural Commissioner's Office.
4. May lead work crews on an occasional basis; may train other
pesticide applicators in safety methods and proper handling of
pesticides; and may participate in other public works operations
when performance of pesticide duties is inappropriate, or during
5. Contains and cleans up minor pesticide spills in accordance with
hazardous materials/waste handling requirements.
6. Attends continuing education courses to maintain Qualified
1. One year of responsible experience in horticultural pest, insect,
rodent, weed abatement or turf disease control; or,
2. experience performing duties equivalent to the class of
Maintenance Worker I with Santa Barbara County, supplemented by
additional training or coursework in pest, weed, and disease
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge, abilities, and
LICENSES: Possession of a valid California Qualified Applicator's
Certificate for pesticide application including the aquatic and
right-of-way categories. Possession of a valid California Class B
Driver's License is required at time of appointment. Appointees must
obtain a California Class A license with a tanker endorsement during
the probationary period. Driver's license and required endorsements
must be kept valid throughout the term of employment.
Appointees to this classification will be subject to mandatory
testing for drugs prior to beginning work. Once on the job,
incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or
alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident,
return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.
Knowledge of: modern methods, equipment, materials and safety
measures used in pesticide applications; laws, regulations and basic
principles of pesticide application; common pesticides used in
right-of-way area applications; environmental conditions appropriate
for pesticide applications; and basic math including addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division to calibrate spray
equipment and to estimate materials needed for pesticide
Ability to: identify primary and secondary weeds, insects and
rodents in order to apply appropriate pesticides; operate manual and
computer-controlled spray equipment; read and understand pesticide
regulations; follow written and oral instructions; maintain records
to prepare forms and worksheets on pesticide applications and
safety; verbally communicate with members of the public the reasons
for pesticide applications; maintain effective working relationships
with co-workers and the public.
Supplemental Information: Incumbent may be required to be fitted for
and wear a respirator and/or self-contained breathing apparatus, as
well as other safety gear and equipment.