Assistant Agricultural Fieldman- Big Lakes County

ASSISTANT AGRICULTURAL FIELDMAN
Permanent Full Time

Big Lakes County has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Agricultural Fieldman to join
our team. You would be responsible for the implementation and management of sound
agricultural programs for the public and for the implementation of the ALUS program.

Immediate Supervisor:
Agricultural Fieldman

Key Roles & Responsibilities:
• Provides technical support to the ALUS PAC (Partnership Advisory Committee), creating and presenting project summaries for potential projects at PAC
meetings.
• Liaising with agricultural producers to create project proposals, monitor current projects, and providing program support.
• Liaison with local non-profit organizations to deliver the ALUS program.
• Assist in the preparation and monitoring of ALUS expenditures and budget planning.
• Assist in developing, maintaining, and managing relationships with partner organizations.
• Assist in advisory role to producers on agricultural and other related topics.
• Assist in supervising and providing training and guidance for summer staff and project personnel.
• Provides monthly reports to the Agricultural Fieldman.
• Assist Agricultural Fieldman with ASB meetings.
• Responsible for the planning of extension workshops to the public.
• Act as resource person to the Agriculture Fieldman and sits on various committees as required.
• Adheres to guidelines as set out in accordance with established policy:
  o Pest Control
  o Soil Conservation
  o Weed Inspection and Control
  o Roadside Vegetation Control
  o Aquatic Invasive Species
• Rural and Community Services:
  o Public awareness through workshops, seminars, field days and provide educational materials.
  o Assist in the equipment rental program.
• Assist farmers with development of environmental farm plans and CAP grant applications.
• Administer shelterbelt program.

Education & Experience:
• Degree (B.Sc./P. Ag) or diploma in Agriculture or Environmental Sciences is desirable.
• Pesticide Applicators License preferred or able to obtain upon employment.
• Good physical condition to perform both field and office duties.
• Familiarity with ALUS Canada.
• Valid Alberta Class 5 Operator’s.
• Current (5yrs) drivers abstract.
• Provide a current Criminal Records check
• Certification or willingness to obtain: WHMIS, TDG, Standard First Aid/CPR, and/or other training as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Record keeping skills.
• Must maintain confidentiality.
• Must be self-motivated, and able to work with minimal supervision.
• Weed and Crop identification and knowledge.

Working Conditions and Physical Environment:
• Work is performed at various outdoor work sites within the County
• Use and operation of vehicles.
• Work may be performed in extreme temperatures.
• Physical job requirements: May require lifting and carrying of up to 23 kg, bending, twisting, kneeling, squatting, crawling.
• Exposure to outdoor conditions.
• Dust and fumes.

Health & Safety:
• All personnel working at Big Lakes County are governed by the County’s Health & Safety Policy.
• Ensures all operations are conducted in a safe manner and in accordance with County Policies and Occupational Health & Safety Regulations.
• Required to wear correct P.P.E as per safe job procedures.
• Must check in as per Working Alone legislation.
• Must follow all safe job procedures.

Compensation:
Big Lakes County offers an excellent benefit and pension package with a competitive salary.

Submit cover letter and resume, including references to:

Eunice McCauley
Human Resources Manager
Big Lakes County
Box 239, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0
Ph: 780-523-5955 Fx: 780-523-4227
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Deadline for applications: Open till suitable candidate is found.

Big Lakes County thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Visit our website at www.biglakescounty.ca for more information.