Agricultural Services Manager - Brazeau County - 12 to 18 month term

Department: Agricultural Services

Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer

POSITION SUMMARY

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • 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.

 

Other [>1%]

  • 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.

 

COMPETENCY AREAS:

Education/Training: 

  • Degree or Diploma in Agriculture or Environmental Sciences.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

 

Licenses/Certifications/Designation: 

  • 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

 

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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
  • Residents
  • Vendors
Positions reporting to this position:
  • 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.

CLASSIFICATION

Compensation Classification:

  • 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

Closing Date is 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Please send your cover letter and resume indicating the position(s) you are applying for to: Human Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you in advance to all applicants, only those who are shortlisted will be contacted.