10 W Fallon Ave Baker, MT 59313
Fallon County of Montana

Seasonal Weed Crew Driver

Seasonal Weed Crew Driver

Vacancy Announcement 

We are accepting applications for:  Seasonal Weed Crew Driver
Date Posted:  February 21, 2024
Closing Date: April 22, 2024. First review of applications is March 18, 2024.                       

About the Position and Department:  The Seasonal Weed Crew Driver is under the direct supervision of the Weed Control Coordinator for our Noxious Weed department. This is a full-time seasonal position. This department is responsible for the implementation and application of our noxious weed control plan.

Position Overview:  This position uses a variety chemical spray equipment to control identified noxious weeds in Fallon County; this requires extensive outside manual labor in a variety of weather conditions. Participates in regular maintenance of equipment and cleaning of the facility.

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Required Education and Experience:  Must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

Preferred Education and Experience:  Knowledge of the identification of noxious weeds and herbicides used in their control is a plus; however, extensive on the job training is provided in both areas.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:  Must possess a valid Driver License. This position will use County owned vehicles and/or equipment and is subject to a motor vehicle driving history review.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

How to Apply:  Applications and a complete job description are available at the Human Resources office, 10 W. Fallon Avenue, Baker, Montana or online at www.falloncounty.net. You may submit your application online; via mail to: Human Resources Manager, PO Box 846, Baker, Montana, 59313; email to straubj@falloncounty.net,; or stop by the Human Resources office in the Courthouse. Questions may be directed to Sara Berger 406-778-8131 or Julie Straub 406-778-8164.  

Fallon County Job Description

Fallon County is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to affirmative recruitment, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. Applicants with disabilities who need accommodation with the application or selection process should contact Human Resources. 

Job Title:  Weed Crew DriverDepartment:  Noxious Weed
Reports to:  Weed Control CoordinatorJob Status:  Seasonal, Non-exempt
Location:  Baker, MontanaProbationary Period:  Six (6) months

Job Overview
This position uses a variety chemical spray equipment to control identified noxious weeds in Fallon County. This work involves extensive outside manual labor in a variety of weather conditions. Participates in regular maintenance of equipment and cleaning of the shop.

Essential Functions
Chemical Spraying – Identifies noxious weeds. Using established procedures and equipment including but limited to 4×4 trucks, ATV/UTV’s, GPS, pumps, small engines, and Personal Protective Equipment, sprays weeds with approved chemicals. Ensures spraying procedures adhere to weed control rules and regulations via training, established written materials and communication with the Coordinator and other crew members. Spray procedures include extensive walking and/or driving.

 Equipment Maintenance and Facility Cleaning – Performs regular maintenance on equipment, including checking and/or changing oil and tire pressure. Cleans equipment including washing vehicles. Cleans and organizes shop.

 Competencies
The knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics to perform this work include but are not necessarily limited to:  Adaptability, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Dependability, Flexibility, Herbicide Application, Initiative, Map Reading, Mechanical, Oral & Written Expression, Record Keeping, and Safe Operation of Vehicle/Equipment.
This position requires significant attention to detail in the identification of noxious weeds and subsequent spraying of chemicals. Ability to read, understand and utilize maps, aerial photos, and GPS equipment. Must be able to safety drive a 4×4 truck, ATV/UTV while engaging in various spray methods. Knowledge of basic tools including purpose, repair, and maintenance. Maintain accurate and neat records of daily chemical applications, as required by State law.

Possess excellent customer service and interpersonal skills to resolve questions and concerns with courtesy and respect, using good judgment and discretion. Effectively interact with variety of personalities and demands of the public. Willingness to work beyond routine and scheduled hours. Ability to work independently. Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 

Safety
Safety is a primary duty and a personal responsibility. County employees are responsible for reading, understanding and following safety rules and procedures as identified within County Policy, our Safety Program as well as at each department/work location/JSA. This position is responsible for wearing PPE as identified in the JSA or when working in areas where there is danger of injury. PPE may include but is not limited to hard hats, protective eye wear, ear protection and/or helmets. Responsible for wearing suitable work clothes as determined by the Weed Control Coordinator. Reports all injuries, hazards and/or near misses utilizing established reporting forms and procedures. Knows the location of first aid kits, fire extinguishers and other safety devices. Attends all safety meetings including annual training.  This position will not perform potentially hazardous tasks or use any hazardous material until properly trained.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment
This position performs work throughout Fallon County in outdoor settings and in a variety of weather conditions including but not limited to heat, sun, wind, and rain. Exposed to a variety of grasses, weeds, trees, shrubs, flowers, and other sources of pollen.

Required Education and Experience
Must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age. 

Preferred Education and Experience
Knowledge of the identification of noxious weeds and herbicides used in their control is a plus; however, extensive on the job training is provided in both areas.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Must possess a valid Driver License. This position will use County owned vehicles and/or equipment and is subject to a motor vehicle driving history review.

Compensation
The starting wage for this position is $21.00 per hour.  Experienced and returning seasonal crew hands will be paid on the following schedule:
                        2nd Year:  $22.00 per hour
                        3rd Year:  $23.00 per hour

Position Type/Hours of Work
This seasonal position typically works during the summer months; shifts may be up to twelve (12) hours and may begin at 4:30 a.m. Schedule is often dependent upon the weather; the needs of the department may result in overtime (in excess of forty (40) hours per week in accordance with Fallon County policy) and will be compensated at time and a half.

Required work attire includes safety-toed boots (no tennis shoes), pants/jeans (no shorts). May wear sleeveless shirt but no tank tops, must also have a long-sleeved shirt/jacket to wear when spraying. This position will be eligible to receive up to two hundred dollars ($200.00) reimbursement annually for the purchase of the required safety-toed footwear.

Physical and Environmental Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk on uneven surfaces, sit, bend, and reach with hands and arms. May be required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. May be required to lift up to fifty (50) pounds. Specific vision abilities include close and distant vision. Will work in a variety of weather conditions.