Agricultural Foreman- Saddle Hills County

TITLE: Agricultural Foreman

CLASSIFICATION: Union - Foreman

REPORTS TO: Agricultural Coordinator

SUPERVISES: Seasonal staff of Weed and Pest Inspectors and Agricultural Labourers.

 POSITION SUMMARY: Coordination and supervision of agricultural staff during field season, contract administration, herbicide applicators program, compliance and enforcement, data management and pest control

Position Description

  • Coordinates activities of staff within the agricultural department; recommends to the Agricultural Coordinator any necessary changes in the duties or authority of staff.
  • Supervise staff during the field season as they conduct weed and pest inspections, oversee data collection and manipulation
  • Provide support to the Agricultural Coordinator by assisting with education and outreach events, budget preparation and all related Agricultural Service Board activities.
  • Prepare accurate reporting and documentation regarding areas where weed and pest issues exist, enforce the Agricultural Service Board Act, the Weed Control Act, the Soil Conservation Act, and the Agricultural Pests Act.
  • Assists in supervising contracted services and ensure that services are provided in accordance with approved contracts and organization goals, safety, bylaws and policies. 
  • Ensure that herbicide handling, storage and application meets the requirements of all applicable provincial and federal legislation. 
  • Assists in managing the vegetation on all County infrastructure by effectively assigning resources, designing plans and working with stakeholders.
  • Assist in managing and delivering the vertebrate pests, Livestock Protection and Veterinary Services Incorporated Programs.
  • Responsible for the scheduling and planning of work in the department in consultation with the Agricultural Coordinator, including accountability through annual reviews and monitoring timesheet, time off requests, sick time and other union-related leaves.
  • Investigate inquiries and complaints received regarding animal health, erosion, crop health, pests, weeds and other agricultural related issues.
  • Required to work shifts and/or weekends and will be responsible to participate in events and training requiring out of town travel.
  • Assist in project and program development where required, continuously improve skills and increase knowledge.
  • Conduct Seed Cleaning Plant auditing and inspections as required.
  • Conduct tasks following procedures and protocols outlined by Saddle Hills County.
  • Responsible to exercise due diligence that relates to individual/coworker safety, comply with all safe work practices/procedures. Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Code and support the Saddle Hills County Safety program.
  • Performs other related duties as delegated by the Agricultural Coordinator, Director of Economic and Rural Development or by the Chief Administrative Officer.

Knowledge & Skills

Have or willing to obtain Certification in each of the following:

  • Grade 12 Diploma
  • Agricultural background, education or membership with Alberta Institute of Agrologists or related experience.
  • Knowledge of plants, crops, agricultural pests, insects and diseases.
  • Knowledge of the applicable legislation: Agricultural Service Board Act, Weed Control Act, Agricultural Pest Act, Animal Health Act and Soil Conservation Act.
  • Pesticide Applicators Certificate with Agriculture and Industrial designation. Landscape and Forestry designations would be an asset.
  • Membership with the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen.
  • P.A.L, Firearms License/Possession/Acquisition Certificates.
  • Standard first aid certification.

The following items are also considered important to this position:

  • Successful experience in supervising staff and in responding to concerns of elected officials, CAO and the public.
  • Ability to ensure all work-related information is kept confidential and in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Must adhere to and enforce all relevant safe job procedures.
  • Ensure all operations are performed in a safe manner and in accordance with County policies and the law as set forth by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Code.
  • Ability to provide a satisfactory minimum Class 5 Driver's License abstract and acceptable criminal records check.

Working Conditions and Physical Capabilities

  • The Agricultural Foreman position may have to work indoors and outdoors. The working environment can be dirty, cold, hot or noisy. At times, chemicals, animals, insects and plants may emit unpleasant odors and may be hazardous.
  • Safety precautions are required to reduce the risk of injury from working with dangerous substances in field situations where there may be wildlife and uneven footing.
  • Operators may be required to do repetitive lifting of items up to 50 lbs.
  • Driving in various weather conditions and travelling to and from sites.
  • Fast-paced environment requiring constant prioritization of workload.