Department: Agricultural Services
Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer
Provides professional leadership and direction in the development, implementation and maintenance of programs and services related to agriculture, ensuring access to high-quality agricultural programs, services and resources that address community needs.
- Plans, directs and coordinates the day-to-day operation of the agriculture department to achieve the department mission and goals.
- Administers applicable legislation, including the Weed Control Act, Agricultural Pests Act, and the Soil Conservation Act in a fair and equitable manner. Assists the Provincial Veterinarian, when called upon, to carry out duties under the Animal Health Act.
- Ensures all provincial ASB grant requirements are met, including all grant reporting requirements within specified deadlines.
- Manages the roadside vegetation control program, weed inspection program, pest inspection program, Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program, and extension activities of the department.
- Develops contracts and works with contractor to complete projects as required, ensuring adherence to all applicable legislation and County policies.
- Ensures regulatory requirements are met for the Brazeau County’s pesticide application program.
- Maintains necessary licenses, registrations, and reporting for Brazeau County’s pesticide application activities.
- Manages departmental procurement activities, including contract tenders/requisition.
- Administers the Form 8 program, including all licensing and reporting requirements.
- Develops and implements a process for preparation of annual capital and operating budgets. Monitors, controls and authorizes spending within the limits of the approved budget. - Facilitates the development and implementation of the department’s programming, services, policies, and procedures, under the direction of the Agricultural Service Board (ASB) and County Council.
- Attends all ASB meetings and Council meetings as required. Acts in an advisory capacity to the ASB and Council.
- Provides information, advice, and administrative support on agricultural matters to the ASB, Council, and other committees and groups as required.
- Establishes and maintains a system and procedures to ensure agriculture programs and related equipment and programs may be accessed and used by the public with optimum effectiveness and efficiency.
- Oversees the development of the monthly ASB agenda package, ensuring timely and relevant information is provided to the board.
- Ensures department service levels are met or exceeded.
- Supervises, develops and evaluates all department staff. Conducts regularly scheduled meetings with all department staff to review operations; communicate expectations; advises on policy or procedure changes; and to share information of general interest to the team.
- Responds to public enquiries, media requests for information or complaints with regard to department activities, following approved policy and procedure.
- Promotes agricultural best practices and keeps apprised with agricultural innovation in order to provide accurate and up to date information to stakeholders.
- Performs field visits in order to complete departmental tasks, including investigating complaints, assisting other department staff when needed, and in order to facilitate meaningful interactions with area producers.
- Maintains membership, in good standing, with the Association of Agricultural Fieldman.
- At the discretion of the Chief Administrative Officer, carry out other duties as assigned.
- To undertake any other reasonable duty, commensurate with the classification and responsibility of the position, across the department in order to meet service priorities and business continuity requirements.
- May be required in the event of a municipal emergency to support the emergency operations centre and incident action/recovery plan.
- Degree or Diploma in Agriculture or Environmental Sciences.
- High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Holds a valid and maintains during employment a current Pesticide Applicators License: Industrial/Agriculture/Landscaping
- Working knowledge of the Weed Control Act, Agricultural Pests Act, Soil Conservation Act, Animal Health Act, and Agricultural Service Board Act.
- Qualifies for membership of The Association of Alberta Agriculture Fieldmen (The A.A.A.F.).
- Has Form 7 under Pest Control Act or ability to achieve
- Valid Class 5 Driver’s License
- Criminal Background Check required Experiences/Knowledge/Skills:
- Three to five years supervisory or management experience in Agriculture
- Municipal management experience is an asset
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
- Advanced knowledge and proficiency in Office 365 including Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams
- Possess strong written communication skills with accuracy and detail oriented
- Effective oral communication skills and ability to interact with many different individuals in a professional manner
- Time-management skills and the ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks within deadlines
- Self-motivated, strong work ethic and the ability to work with minimal supervision
Direct reporting relationships: Chief Administrative Officer
Indirect reporting relationships: Senior Management Team
Interaction with external contacts:
- Agricultural Services Board
- Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) members
- ALUS Coordinator
- Assistant Ag Fieldman
In the incumbent’s absence, backup support will be provided by:
- ALUS Coordinator
This position provides backup support to: -
- Department staff for coverage during absences.
- Supervisory -
- Term position for 12 to 18 months
- Probationary period of three months applies
- 40 hours of work per week
- Hour of work are Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with one hour lunch break
- Flex Day Program
- Health and Wellness Program
- Health and Dental Benefits
HOW TO APPLY