The Agricultural Programs Supervisor is responsible for the planning and delivery of agricultural programs and operations including the supervision of all program staff involved in vegetation management and agricultural inspection programs.
Responsible for the successful delivery of vegetation management, weed inspection and agricultural pest inspection programs in Sturgeon County and for supporting the Problem Wildlife Management programs as required.
Provide guidance, support, corporate strategic context, and general oversight to the Agricultural Service Coordinator in achieving the deliverables of the Vegetation Management program.
Oversee the inspection of all commercial, agricultural, industrial, residential, and provincial properties in Sturgeon County to ensure compliance with the Alberta Weed Control Act and Sturgeon County’s Community Standards Bylaw- Landscaping Standards.
Fulfil the role Project Manager during the implementation of agricultural inspection software within the department; liaise as required with the successful vendor and other Sturgeon County departments to ensure all historical data is incorporated and perform all required beta testing, develop training materials related to the system and ensure that all inspection staff are trained in the use of the system.
Oversee the ongoing use and maintenance of all specialized software systems relevant to agricultural programs.
Develop, improve, and document operational processes and procedures; assist in the drafting of policies as required.
Oversee the recruitment, onboarding, training, and ongoing performance management relating to all agricultural program area employees including the Agricultural Services Coordinator, Agricultural Inspectors, Vegetation Technicians and Mower Operators.
Liaise with the Fleet and Facility Services Department to ensure all required inspections, maintenance and repair of agricultural program-related equipment are completed in an efficient and expedient manner.
Consolidate all required Agricultural Service Board Grant Reporting data and prepare reports on operational activities and program progress on a weekly, monthly, bi-annual, and annual basis.
Monitor all program operating expenditures and participate in the annual operating budget preparation as required.
Participate as directed in the tendering, procurement, and management of contracted services within agricultural programs, oversee the ordering of all supplies and materials necessary for assignments in accordance with Sturgeon County’s procurement policies.
Prepare local crop condition reports and moisture condition assessments regularly throughout the growing season to support informed municipal, provincial and federal decision making.
Respond to agricultural inquiries and formal service requests in a timely and professional manner and in accordance with policies, procedures, County Bylaws, and applicable Provincial Legislation.
Ensure that all regulatory requirements applicable to agricultural programs are met including those under the Alberta Weed Control Act, Alberta Agricultural Pests Act, Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, Fisheries Act, Wildlife Act, and Explosives Act.
Provide advice relating to agronomy, weed management, pest management and problem wildlife management to internal departments, external stakeholders, and residents.
Serve as an appointed inspector under the Soil Conservation Act, Agricultural Pests Act, Weed Control Act and all other related provincial acts and municipal bylaws.
Perform special projects and other duties as required.
Adhere to applicable responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in the Sturgeon County Health and Safety Management System
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment and to work independently.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Strong customer service skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to mentor and train others.
Expertise in agricultural practices and the ability to identify weeds and agricultural pests.
Ability to perform work in an office setting and to perform work in the field.
Ability to lift up to 25 Kilograms.
A diploma or degree in an agricultural or environmental discipline accompanied by a minimum of 5 years of relevant technical experience
3-5 years of supervisory experience with full accountability for recruitment and performance management of direct reports
Pesticide Applicator License with Industrial, Agriculture and Landscape Classes and a minimum of 5 years of applicator experience
Authorized Assistant Trainer Certification
Certification as an Agricultural Fieldmen through the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen
Project Management experience and/or training
Non-Mining Blaster’s Permit (or the ability to obtain)
Firearms Possession and Acquisition License or equivalent security clearance through the Federal Chief Inspector of Explosives
Class 5 Driver’s License.
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Posted Date: Oct 28, 2022
Closing Date: Nov 09, 2022