VEGETATION MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Linn County

Cedar Rapids, IA Municipal & Government / Landscaping & Lawn Care $66,651 to $103,155 $20 yearly

MANAGEMENT VACANCY- VEGETATION MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST - SECONDARY ROAD

Works with plant material in the road system, taking it out and putting it in. Recommends materials and equipment to do the job, works with pricing and vendors. Interacts with the public to get job completed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Develops and coordinates integrated management of roadsides by working with the “Adopt A Roadway” program, Linn County weed commissioner, and Linn County Communications Director soliciting quotations, promoting education, and writing and submitting proposals for grant money.
  • Coordinates development of overall roadside management program by inputting in the yearly budget, recommending improvements in equipment and materials, working with advisory committee, and developing and implementing Linn County’s Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Plan and Annual Program.
  •  Coordinates integrated roadside planting plans on proposed projects by developing erosion control plans, seeding maintenance re-grade and shouldering projects, and working with contracted roadside vegetation projects.
  • Provides information and acts as liaison for County’s program by meeting with the Roadside Advisory Committee, Iowa Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, and Natural Resources and works with related Iowa Codes in Sections 314, 317, and 318.
  • Maintains certification for self and coordinates training for department staff related to Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management including preserving, planting and maintaining Linn County transportation corridors to become visually interesting, ecologically integrated, and useful for many purposes.
  • Implements plans and directs and participates in production by planting, designing, seeding, cutting, trimming, spraying, burning, mowing, supervising, specifying, and inspecting; working with the Board of Supervisor’s annual road clearing appropriation.
  • Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates them on a regular basis. Uses LC3 principles to identify, develop, and refine departmental products so they are aligned with the Linn County Strategic Plan and enhance Customer Satisfaction. Collaborates with customers to enhance Customer Satisfaction. Facilitates capturing the “Voice of the Customer” and uses it to measurably improve departmental performance. Empower direct reports to close gaps between customer expectations and experience wherever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned; regular work attendance is required.   

QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources related field is required, master’s degree is preferred.
  • Two (2) to four (4) years of experience in natural resource management is required.
  • Additional relevant education or directly related experience may count towards minimum qualifications on a year for year basis at the discretion of the hiring manager.
  •  Ability to read and disseminate continuing education materials, pesticide labels, equipment specifications, and erosion control material.
  • Ability to write and edit department newsletter, assist in writing equipment specifications and contract specifications, grants, news releases.
  • Ability to  determine average for seeding rates and pesticide application, keep records, and assist in budget planning.
  • Ability to analyze and use judgement in accomplishing diversified duties. Requires the exercise of independent thinking within the limits if policies, standards, and precedents.
  • Ability to coordinate plans through contract or day labor work. Ability to schedule seasonal and daily maintenance activities.
  • Ability to make contact with the public via telephone, face to face communications, internet, programs, workshops, conferences, public presentations, etc.
  • Protective Equipment Required: Hard hats, hearing protection, safety glasses, gloves, boots, nomex.
  • Machines, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids: Conventional sprayers, aerial lifts, tractors, mowers, seeders, mulchers, chain saws, chippers, stump grinders, tree spades, shop tools, telephones, fax machines, two-way radio, vehicles, internet.
  • Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s Certification, Core and Category 6 is required.
  •  Reports to County Engineer; supervises Vegetation Management Aides and Roadway Maintenance Workers.
  • Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment.
  • Subject to credit and criminal history review.
  • Valid driver’s license required

Application Instructions:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

APPLY AT:  www.linncounty.org/jobs (Current Openings)


Job ID: 69735

Posted 11 days ago

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