Director of Agriculture Services - Birch Hills County


Director of Agriculture Services (Agricultural Fieldman)

Job Type: 

Birch Hills County

Competition Number: 22-02

Job Description: Director of Agricultural Services (Agricultural Fieldman)
Full-Time Position

Birch Hills County is seeking a dynamic, energetic person with a great work attitude. This is a fulltime position (40 hours/week).

Description / Requirements:

Program Function:

The major role of the Agricultural Services Board is to increase awareness of agricultural issues within Birch Hills County. The Agricultural Services Department is legislated to conduct its activities under the Weed Control Act, Agricultural Pests Act, the Soil Conservation Act and the Livestock Diseases Act. The Department supports the Agricultural Service Board to meet and make recommendations to Council.

Purpose of Job:

This position includes the leadership, supervision and coordination of all agricultural programs as endorsed by the Agricultural Service Board and council. This position is responsible for reviewing department policies and processes, systems, and procedures and making improvements as required.

Job Duties and Tasks:

  • Contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic plans, program policies, and continuous improvement initiatives. Promotes and fosters communication and collaborative work relationships with staff in other departments.
  • Administer and enforce the Weed Control Act, the Agricultural Pests Act, the Soil Conservation Act and all associated Regulations to ensure compliance. Provide support to government agencies for the Disposal of Dead Animals Act and the Line Fence Act. Provide support to the Provincial Vet in the event of a livestock disease outbreak.
  • Provide input and expertise on Provincial Committees and for Provincial departments as needed. Serve as a resource for inquiries from Provincial employees requiring agricultural or program-specific information.
  • Supervise agricultural staff team by:
    - Recruiting, selecting orientating and training staff;
    - Assigning and monitoring work for adherence to technical standards;
            - Coaching and mentoring employees;
            - Providing formal training as required (i.e., weed identification)
           - Taking and recommending disciplinary action, as required.
  • Develop and implement Weed Inspection, Pest and Disease, Spraying, Roadside
    Mowing and Hamlet Maintenance programs by:
                - Identifying priorities;
                - Developing procedures (such as weed identification)
                - Making recommendations to staff and rate payers regarding chemicals to control
                - Providing leadership (vision, culture and planning) for the department;
                - Managing and developing department Operating and Capital budgets;
                - Submitting grant applications to the appropriate Provincial Department or funding
                - Reporting on activities to CAO, Council and ASB;
                - Representing department on committees and working groups.
  •    Provide support to Council and the Agricultural Services Board, by;
                - Conducting research;|
                - Making recommendations setting out pros and cons for each;
                - Developing annual business plan and revise as required;
                - Preparing and submitting proposals for funding;
                - Determining priorities mandated by legislation;
                - Responding to Council/ASB directives.
  • Provide input and expertise on Provincial Committees and for Provincial departments as needed. Serve as a resource for inquiries from Provincial employees requiring agricultural or program-specific information.
  • Inspects and licenses the Seed Cleaning Plants within Birch Hills County.
  • Maintains membership with the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen, participates in their programs, and maintains necessary provincial certification for the application of pesticides within Birch Hills County.
  • Supports the development of budgets and establishment of financial controls by the Chief Administrative Officer. Works with the Director of Finance, the Director of Public Works, and the Chief Administrative Officer in obtaining and coordinating budget information. Ensures that organization and department revenues and expenditures are within the Council approved budgets.
  • Is responsible for the preparation of the agenda reports and submissions, including background documentation, to Council. Attends Council meetings, and coordinates and monitors resulting actions by the department.
  • Performs other related duties as may be requested by Council or by the Chief Administrative Officer or as delegated by its committees.

Education and Experience:

- Degree in Agriculture or related discipline.
- Must possess and maintain a Pesticide Applicators license (including Agricultural, Industrial
   and Landscape spraying)
- Must possess and maintain current Alberta driver’s license.
- Satisfactory driver’s abstract on an annual basis.
- Form 7 (distribute poison for Coyote control)
- Supervisory experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- Related legislation regarding agriculture
- Agriculture industry
- Municipal Government
- Ability to organize and supervise
- Ability to manage a variety of diverse programs and people effectively
- Ability to pro-actively plan, establish priorities and allocate resources
- Ability to develop and monitor plans
- Ability to effectively develop, update and administer a budget in a cost-effective and fiscally
  responsible manner
- Ability to understand and respond effectively to people from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to communicate effectively and resolve disputes
- Good public relation skills
- Ability to provide input and expertise for requests from Provincial departments
- Must be self-motivated
- Understand processes and procedures for effective Board meetings
- Ability to work cooperatively with diverse teams to achieve organizational goals
- Ability to maintain professional designation and Pesticide Applicator certification by ensuring
  sufficient annual training.
- Ability to operate computer and Microsoft Office programs.
- Good mechanical aptitude and problem-solving abilities
- Ability to ensure all work-related information is kept confidential as per policy and in
  accordance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

As a member of our leadership team, you will be leading your department to establish best practices and develop cost-effective program delivery. You are an ideal candidate for this position if you are a dynamic, self-motived individual, capable of training and leading your team, while working in a collaborative leadership environment. 

Birch Hills County provides a competitive salary and benefits package. 

Closing Date: 

This competition closes May 31, 2022 @ 4pm.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same or lower classification level. Due to the high volume of resumes received, we are not able to respond to individual phone calls. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application Return: If you feel that you have the qualifications and desire to be a part of the Birch Hills County Team, please submit your resume to the following address (this competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found):

Mailing Address
Birch Hills County
PO Box 157
Wanham AB T0H 3P0

Attention: Larry Davidson
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