Under general supervision, performs field inspections for the detection, control and prevention of mosquitoes, rodents, infectious insects, and other vectors; safely sprays chemical under federal, state and local environmental vector control laws.
Inspects and surveys a variety of properties, lands, and facilities to determine the presence of vectors such as mosquitoes, rodents, and other vectors
Prepares, compiles and maintains daily field service reports and keeps accurate records of pesticide applications and other field activities
Researches for land ownership and works with property owners, community groups and environmental groups to prevent and control vectors
Works towards vector source reduction by conducting anti-litter clean-up, educating, and possibly by other means as directed
Monitors progress of vector control efforts
Responds to citizens’ complaints and requests for vector control services
Sprays, treats, and baits to control vectors using judgment in selecting appropriate materials and methods
Applies pesticides as needed inside and outside
Performs larviciding and mechanical spraying as needed to reduce mosquito populations
Conducts structural spraying for pests on county property and inside/outside buildings
Conducts mosquito sampling as needed
Drives automotive equipment; operates hand and power tools and spraying equipment; keeps spraying equipment and automotive equipment in working order, performs simple maintenance and repairs
May be assigned to assist in the inspection, maintenance and repair of vector control buildings, grounds and equipment, including but not limited to, cutting weeds, trash pickup, maintenance of the fish pond, painting equipment, maintenance of small equipment, an educational trailer, facility fencing, and pump house
Follows and enforces environmental, agriculture and pesticide codes and policies pertaining to vector management and control
Provides responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner
Shall be asked to attend public meetings and present on environmental vector control issues affecting the community
Conducts classroom education activities
ADDITIONAL DUTIES. Performs related work as required
Education. High school diploma or GED
Experience. (1) year full-time experience working with pesticides
Education/Experience. Education or training in environmental health, environmental science, or environmental technology may be substituted for experience
Licenses/Certifications. Must have a valid unrestricted driver’s license Class D; Must obtain within first year of hire and maintain New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s category 8, Public Health Pests Certification, and a category 7A, Structural Pest Certification.
Other (e.g., post-offer medical exam, polygraph, background check, driver’s license record, etc.). Background check and driver’s license record; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
Must have knowledge of state and federal laws relating to the control and prevention of mosquitoes, rodents, infectious insects and other vector control methods.
Must have the ability/skills to: Apply appropriate control methods and techniques in the control of mosquitoes, rodents, infectious insects, and other vectors; to formulate and apply pesticides according to specific directions; to operate power tools, specialized equipment, power and gasoline driven equipment and off road vehicles; performs manual labor; read, understand, interpret and enforce codes; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers and others; interact with the public and assure compliance with regulation in a tactful manner; follow oral and written instructions and procedures; must be able to work independently without direct supervision; keep detailed records and write accurate reports; speak in public an make presentations; use a computer and other office equipment with enough speed and accuracy to perform the task.