The Assistant Agricultural Fieldman is responsible in assisting the designated Agricultural Fieldman in relation to operating the County of Forty Mile Agricultural Services department and all the programs and functions relevant to the Agricultural Service Board. The Assistant is expected to always be courteous, polite and pleasant in his interaction with the public and other staff.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Duties and Responsibilities
Adheres to Municipal procedures, policies and bylaws
Assist with training, guidance and instruction in the operation and maintenance of equipment and performance of their duties to new employees
Assist with the preparation of annual Agricultural Service Budget.
Administers and Enforces provincial legislation including the Agricultural Service Board Act, Weed Control Act, Agricultural Chemical Act, Agricultural Pest Act, Soil Conservation Act and the Animal Health Act.
Assist with the County’s rental equipment’s program
Work with the various government departments and management as required to accomplish programs and objectives
Assist with conducting meetings with staff to review work programs/hazard assessments
Assist with all weed and pest monitoring programs and inspections
Assist with the management of roadside and hamlet mowing operations
Assist with snow removal from parking lots before hours of operation commence
Assist with carrying out programs according to the priorities established by the Agricultural Service Board
Ensure compliance under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act
Participate in the County of Forty Mile safety program, including all relevant training courses
Keeps informed of current agricultural information including attending meetings, conventions and in-service training as the Board deems necessary
Ensure the safe operation of County equipment and required maintenance procedures are completed
Manage time effectively and efficiently
Perform any other duties as assigned by the designated Agricultural Fieldman
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Well-developed written and oral communication skills are essential
Ability to follow oral and written directions
Ability to deal with the public and co-workers in a courteous and professional manner
Commitment to continuous improvement and excellent customer service
Knowledge of the Traffic Safety Act, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act,
Regulations and Code and other related Legislation
Ability to identify and correct potential health and safety hazards
Ability to complete tasks within a prescribed timeline
Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative and productive working relationships with residents and other County employees
Possess excellent organizational, time management, record keeping, leadership and team work skills
Knowledge of weed and Pest management best practices
Ability to bend, stoop, lift, push, pull, be seated or on your feet for extended periods of time
Ability to read County Maps
Participation is required for ongoing positional and Health and Safety training, education, and testing provided by the Employer.
Diploma or Degree in Agriculture or related field
Experience working with agricultural equipment (sprayers, seeders, and mowers)
Holds a valid Alberta Pesticide Applicator’s License or Authorized Assistant with the ability to obtain full applicators license within a designated time.
Proficient computer skills and working knowledge with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and GPS data collection
Knowledge of Agricultural Acts
Certification by the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldman or ability to obtain
Good communication and public relation skills
Valid Alberta Driver’s Licence, With Air Endorsement
Current First Aid/CPR certificate
Successful pre-employment testing is required
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an Employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and may not be limited to:
Must possess the manual dexterity to handle and work with various materials and objects which are essential aspects of this position. Must be able to use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and can grasp and assemble objects with two (2) hands.
Work involves frequent periods of sitting, which includes climbing into and out of equipment using 3-point contact.
Ability to lift and stack objects 32-60kgs (70-130lbs) occasionally & infrequently exert 5-10kgs (10-20 lbs.) of force to lift, carry, push and pull or otherwise move objects.
Work involves stooping, kneeling, crouching, twisting/turning and reaching; bending at the waist.
Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time.
Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color distinction, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus, with or without correction.
Must hear in the normal audio range, with or without correction.
Must be able to read and verbally communicate in English to exchange information.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an Employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job and may not be limited to:
The job requires a mix of sedentary and physical labor.
Must travel between various County facilities/work sites.
Indoor/Outdoor work environment with exposure to weather extremes.
Be subject to work environments that include walking in/on dry, wet, icy, and uneven ground conditions.
Exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, noxious odors, gases, mechanical and electrical hazards.
Work in a variety of conditions to include: extreme temperatures, close quarter situations, moving mechanical parts, vibrations, etc.
The noise level in the various working environments range from quiet to moderate to loud. Where exposed to excess noise, must be able to wear hearing protection.
Wage, benefits and hours of work as per CUPE collective Agreement.
Qualified candidates are invited to forward their cover letter and resume to:
County of Forty Mile No. 8
303 Main Street
Foremost, Alberta T0K 0X0 or E-mail: Keith.Bodin@Fortymile.ab.ca
This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.