Provide oversight to the County’s agricultural weed and pest inspection and surveillance programs including administration and enforcement of all relevant provincial legislation and County Bylaws applicable to the program.
Direct, supervise and facilitate all required training for agricultural inspectors and ensure inspection tasks are performed safely, competently and in accordance with all applicable legislation.
Fulfill the responsibilities of an appointed Agricultural Fieldman under the Agricultural Service Board Act including serving as an inspector under the Weed Control Act, the Agricultural Pests Act and the Soil Conservation Act.
Enforce the landscape standards outlined in Sturgeon County Community Standards Bylaw 1433/19 on residential properties in Sturgeon County.
Prepare local crop condition reports and moisture condition assessments regularly throughout the growing season to support informed municipal, provincial and federal decision making.
Oversee the proper use and management of inspection data within the County’s record management software and GIS system and liaise with the County’s GIS Team to improve data collection and management processes as required.
Oversee contracted service providers performing enforcement work to ensure adherence to contractual requirements and their responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in the Sturgeon County Health and Safety Management System.
Facilitate the timely and efficient recovery of debts incurred through enforcement of the Weed Control Act and the Community Standards Bylaw.
Supervise, train and manage the performance of agricultural inspectors to ensure successful program delivery.
Provide resources and technical assistance to landowners and agricultural producers on sound agronomic techniques, sustainable agricultural practices and land management.
Provide exceptional customer service to County residents by responding to external and internal customer complaints and inquiries in a timely and professional manner.
Assist agricultural producers in the completion of Environmental Farm Plans.
Schedule and make all necessary arrangements for successful rural extension program delivery in areas of agronomy and sustainable agriculture including workshops, demonstrations, other event; Adapt topics and delivery methods as required to ensure that defined outcomes are achieved.
Attend Agricultural Service Board meetings as required to report on program service levels and outcomes and to facilitate board member input into rural extension program development.
Plan and coordinate the Annual Agricultural Service Board Tour.
Develop and recommend programming that promotes public awareness and appreciation of the agricultural industry
Support and provide information to residents regarding grant funding opportunities including Canadian Agricultural
Partnership (CAP) funding.
Research external funding sources for program delivery and prepare proposals and applications to secure grant funding; Track all deliverables of programs and ensure that all required grant reporting is completed as required.
Liaise with other community agencies/organizations regarding related services/initiatives to foster mutual understanding, coordination, and partnerships including the Alberta Woodlot Extension Society (AWES). the Land Stewardship Centre and the Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP).