Weed Inspector - Strathcona County

 

Weed Inspectors

 

This posting is for multiple, non-permanent seasonal hourly positions ranging from 17 to 22 weeks. Positions have start dates ranging from April to May 2024.

 

Join Planning and Development Services for the 2024 summer season! Weed Inspectors are responsible for inspecting public and private properties for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds as listed in the Alberta Weed Control Act and Regulations. In addition, the Weed Inspector is required to enter weed inspection information into a department specific software program, map weed infestations, and write reports.  

Responsibilities 

  • Inspect public and private properties as per the Alberta Weed Control Act and Regulations
  • Educate residents about ecological and economic impact of weed infestations, invasive species, and how to identify problem weeds on their property
  • Direct landowners on their responsibilities under the Weed Control Act and outcomes for non-compliance
  • Enforce the Alberta Weed Control Act which involves issuing notices, tracking due dates, working with GIS software, and initiating enforcement on non-compliant properties
  • Communicate with various stakeholders such as residents, industry, and commercial businesses in a professional manner 
  • Work with confidential and sensitive information 

Qualifications & Skills

  • Knowledge of the Alberta Weed Control Act
  • Strong plant identification skills
  • Effective customer service, public relations and communication skills (verbal and written) to work with diverse groups of individuals and the ability to deal with residents in challenging situations 
  • Experience working with the public in various situations including one on one communications, public speaking, and educating
  • An understanding of agricultural practices 
  • General computer proficiency and the ability to learn department specific software
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision, as most work occurs on private property in remote rural areas
  • High School Diploma with two years related experience
  • Post-secondary education with an emphasis on applicable biological science courses such as botany, plant science, ecology is preferred
  • Courses and experience with weed identification and the Weed Control Act are strong assets
  • Previous municipal experience is an asset
  • Current Standard First Aid certification is an asset
  • Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate would be an asset

 

Conditions of Employment

  • Submission of Satisfactory Criminal Record Check 
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 Driver’s licence and submission of a 5-year Driver’s Abstract with less than 7 demerits 
  • Ability to perform physical labour as part of the job duties and stand/walk for extended periods of time

 

Who We Are:

Strathcona County is a specialized municipality located in the heart of Alberta. Our vision is to become Canada’s most livable community, where our workplace culture and identity are supported by our people plan and values of integrity, respect, safety, fairness, and cooperation. 

Why Join Strathcona County: 

  • Competitive wage  
  • Vacation pay
  • Employee and family assistance program
  • Commitment to employee development, through internal and external training and development opportunities.
  • Well-being programs and a safety culture focused on physical and psychological health in the workplace.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.

Candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter along with their resume.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.