The Agricultural Services Officer is responsible for supporting the delivery of Agricultural Service Board (ASB) programs through weed and pest control programs within Wheatland County.
Appointed as a municipal inspector under the Weed Control Act and the Agricultural Pests Act, and a municipal officer under the Soil Conservation Act, the Agricultural Services Officer is responsible for providing information to County residents through on-going extension, education, and awareness programs.
(Approximately) April – November (Summer Season) – Monday to Friday; 40 regular hours/week;
(Approximately) December – March (Winter Season) – Monday to Friday; 40 regular hours/week;
Overtime required from May through October
Key Responsibilities Include:
Inspect private and public land for regulated weeds species and facilitate control measures.
Conduct pest inspections including issuance of toxic devices for coyote control in confirmed cases of livestock predation.
Conduct soil conservation inspections.
Participate in the design and administration of disease and pest surveys, as required.
Conduct weed inspection and control on municipal lands including hamlets, municipal building yard sites, waste transfer sites, and gravel stockpiles.
Conduct weed inspection in partnering municipalities as required under the Inter-Local Weed Inspection Agreement.
Operate equipment including but not limited to: all terrain or utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and tractors.
Conduct Richardson Ground Squirrel control in hamlets and waste transfer sites.
Participate in the implementation of extension activities including seminars, demonstrations, or tours.
Handle licencing of stationary and portable seed cleaning plants, in cooperation with the Agricultural Foreman.
Ensure adherence to all applicable Wheatland County policies and bylaws.
Ensure compliance with OH&S including attendance at safety meetings, being properly trained in OH&S related topics, and ensuring work is completed in a safe manner.
Appropriately, and in a timely manner complete administrative tasks (e.g., issue and maintain reports including the preparation of reports for Agricultural Service Board (ASB), Council, management and partnering municipalities; ensure adequate records of programs are kept).
Relate to and communicate with co-workers, management, external community and vendors sincerely, clearly, tactfully, promptly and courteously; respond to inquiries and complaints promptly and professionally.
Perform tasks, consistent with the position, including special projects / assignments, as may be required on an ad hoc basis.
Post-secondary diploma or degree from a recognized educational institution in agriculture, or related agricultural experience with specific training in weed inspection and control
Expertise in agriculture management practices and systems
Hold a valid pesticide applicators licence with certification courses in agriculture, industrial, landscape, and exterior rodent control
Hold a Form 7 permit for coyote and skunk control, or have the ability to obtain accreditation
Proficiency in the use of computer programs including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook); proficiency in the use of GIS and GPS technology would be an asset
Valid Class 5 Alberta drivers’ licence
Effective organizational and time management skills
Effective interpersonal communication skills
Effective written communication skills
Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively as part of a team