Agricultural Services Officer - Wheatland County


Position Description


Position Title: Agricultural Services Officer            

Position Reports To:  Manager of Agriculture and Environment   

Date Approved:                    

Incumbent’s Signature:                                                                   Date:

CAO’s Signature:                                                                              Date:




Position Summary:

The Agricultural Services Officer is responsible for supporting the delivery of Agricultural Service Board (ASB) programs through weed and pest control programs within Wheatland County.

Appointed as a municipal inspector under the Weed Control Act and the Agricultural Pests Act, and a municipal officer under the Soil Conservation Act, the Agricultural Services Officer is responsible for providing information to County residents through on-going extension, education, and awareness programs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Inspect private and public land for regulated weeds species and facilitate control measures.
  • Conduct pest inspections including issuance of toxic devices for coyote control in confirmed cases of livestock predation.
  • Conduct soil conservation inspections.
  • Participate in the design and administration of disease and pest surveys, as required.
  • Conduct weed inspection and control on municipal lands including hamlets, municipal building yard sites, waste transfer sites, and gravel stockpiles.
  • Conduct weed inspection in partnering municipalities as required under the Inter-Local Weed Inspection Agreement.
  • Operate equipment including but not limited to: all terrain or utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and tractors.
  • Conduct Richardson Ground Squirrel control in hamlets and waste transfer sites.
  • Participate in the implementation of extension activities including seminars, demonstrations, or tours.
  • Handle licencing of stationary and portable seed cleaning plants, in cooperation with the Agricultural Foreman.
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable Wheatland County policies and bylaws.
  • Ensure compliance with OH&S including attendance at safety meetings, being properly trained in OH&S related topics, and ensuring work is completed in a safe manner.
  • Appropriately, and in a timely manner complete administrative tasks (e.g., issue and maintain reports including the preparation of reports for Agricultural Service Board (ASB), Council, management and partnering municipalities; ensure adequate records of programs are kept).
  • Relate to and communicate with co-workers, management, external community and vendors sincerely, clearly, tactfully, promptly and courteously; respond to inquiries and complaints promptly and professionally.
  • Perform tasks, consistent with the position, including special projects / assignments, as may be required on an ad hoc basis.


  • Post-secondary diploma or degree from a recognized educational institution in agriculture, or related agricultural experience with specific training in weed inspection and control
  • Expertise in agriculture management practices and systems
  • Hold a valid pesticide applicators licence with certification courses in agriculture, industrial, landscape, and exterior rodent control
  • Hold a Form 7 permit for coyote and skunk control, or have the ability to obtain accreditation
  • Proficiency in the use of computer programs including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook); proficiency in the use of GIS and GPS technology would be an asset
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta drivers’ licence
  • Effective organizational and time management skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively as part of a team

Working Conditions:

  • (Approximately) April – November (Summer Season) – Monday to Friday; 40 regular hours/week;
  • (Approximately) December – March (Winter Season) – Monday to Friday; 40 regular hours/week;
  • Overtime required from May through October