|CHEM APPL TECH - PESTICIDES|
|Performs skilled chemical spraying work at the various parks within the City. An employee in a position allocated to this class is responsible for evaluating spraying requirements for insect and disease control, selecting proper herbicides and applying chemicals following approved techniques in order to maintain an effective control of undesirable vegetation and prevent damage to adjacent vegetation. In addition, performs normal maintenance functions related to overall preservation of park facilities and grounds. Work is performed under the supervision of a licensed crew leader or technical supervisor and is evaluated by observation of the results obtained.|
|Inspect turf, landscape beds, annual beds, athletic fields and other areas of woody ornamentals and turf for insect damage or presence, disease in plant material, improper soil nutrient content and other forms of turf damage.
Evaluate weed control requirements by physical inspection and identification of vegetation type and extent of infestation, which may require stooping, reaching and digging.
Select appropriate chemical agent for control of specific diseases, considering type, infestation, environment and vegetation.
Mix and apply chemicals to destroy or control growth using spray equipment in conjunction with truck or boat with motor as appropriate; may carry spray equipment to treat indoor areas.
Maintain log of all treated areas, specifying turf problem, chemical used, date and time of treatment and application rate; Set up signage as necessary.
Maintain equipment used for chemical treatment including truck, boat and motor, and sprayers.
Perform pest control in park areas by identification of pests, selection of appropriate chemicals and application.
Ensure a complete turf program identifying nutritional, pest, disease and weed control.
Responsible for ensuring proper application of pre-emergent herbicides, fertilizer, granular insecticide and fungicides are applied according to their license.
Perform other related work as assigned.
|Knowledge of tools, methods, and materials used in general maintenance work.
Knowledge of techniques and equipment used in the application and use of various control chemicals.
Knowledge of spray chemicals used in the growth and control of vegetation.
Knowledge of water and air pollution standards as related to chemical spraying.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to recognize safety hazards in the work involved and takes precautionary measures to protect self and others.
Ability to meet the public, to give information regarding the parks, facilities and regulations, and to provide for the safety of visitors.
Ability to perform physical inspection of various turf and vegetation, to include reaching, stooping, digging and walking.
Ability to effectively communicate with the public the hazards involved with the spraying if any.
Ability to lift chemical spray equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
Ability to work with various chemicals and noxious fumes in various weather conditions.
|High school or an equivalent recognized certification; two (2) years of experience in turf and/or woody, ornamental maintenance involving chemical application, depending on area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:
Commercial-B Driver's (CDL B) license with tanker endorsement and Restrictive Pesticide Public license: turf and ornamental, right of way. Private Limited Certificate. Additional License may be required depending on area of assignment. Some positions may require a valid Florida Driver's license, depending on area of assignment.
01/21/92 - SV
06/07/01 - VCJ
04/08/08 - CF - added valid FL Driver's license requirement.stmt.