Job Details
13-0196 Natural Resources Technician
DEFINITION: Under the general supervision of the Natural Resources Specialist and the Land Program Administrator, performs a wide variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks related to vegetation management and grounds maintenance of open space, district parks, greenways, and other City owned lands with natural resource values.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Control noxious and other invasive weeds utilizing integrated weed management techniques including mapping, monitoring, mowing, clipping, and pulling. Also mixing, loading, and applying herbicides using motorized and/or hand-held equipment. Coordinate weed control and re-vegetation efforts with Operations maintenance personnel. Perform native re-vegetation including seeding native plants using a seed drill or broadcast methods and planting, watering, and protecting native trees and shrubs. Operate, maintain, and perform minor repairs on equipment and vehicles, such as mowers, trucks, sprayers, seed drills, weed whips, chainsaws, etc. Utilize GPS units and Arc GIS software to map and monitor populations of weeds, native vegetation and wildlife. Follow requirements and regulations of local, county, state, and federal weed control programs, including all requirements relevant to pesticide storage, mixing, application, and disposal. Provide notification to at-risk public prior to pesticide application, and follow re-entry regulations after application. Record and maintain appropriate records and reports as required by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Agriculture. May assist park maintenance crews in park maintenance projects including snow removal, the use of hand and power tools and the operation of heavy equipment. Coordinate scheduling of work conducted by associated contractors.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed outside most of the time, under varying and extreme weather conditions. Work includes exposure to noise, sun, fumes, noise, dust, pollen, gases and oils, solvents and chemicals, including a variety of herbicides and pesticides. Work requires considerable physical effort including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, pulling, pushing, walking, and standing for extended periods of time. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed. Work requires ability to read and understand herbicide labels, material safety data sheets, and equipment manuals, and ability to perform written record-keeping. Must be able to work alone or in a group on multiple concurrent tasks with frequent customer contact. Must be able to work overtime, holidays, weekends, nights, and adjusted schedules as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: A combination of education and experience equivalent to two years of college level coursework in natural resource management or related field or two years of work experience in natural resource management. Four years of college level course work or other technical training in natural resource management or related field is desirable.  Special Qualifications: Possession of a valid Colorado Driver's License. Ability to obtain and maintain a Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified Operator Pesticide Applicators License in the categories of Rangeland, Industrial and Right-of-Way, and Aquatic within two months of hire. Completion of or ability to complete community first aid, CPR/AED, and defensive driving training. Selection process will include interviews, background checks, physical ability testing and drug screen.

DEADLINE: A CITY OF LONGMONT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. You can apply for this position using our on-line application process. All applications must be received by the Human Resources Division, 350 Kimbark St, Longmont, CO 80501, no later than 5:00 pm on May 6, 2013.  For more information please call (303) 651-8609.