Vegetation Management Technician Florida
Company: South Florida Water Management District
Location: West Palm Beach
Posted on: September 16, 2023
Vegetation Management Technician
South Florida Water Management District
West Palm Beach, FL
This position is being reposted. Those applicants who previously
applied remain under consideration and need not reapply.
Controls aquatic and terrestrial vegetation to support the
District's water management and natural resource protection
missions using a variety of control techniques. These techniques
include the proper mixing, calculating, and applying of a variety
of approved herbicides according to product label directions and in
accordance with the rules and regulations as set forth by Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), State and County regulations and policies
governing the application of herbicides.
Vegetation management activities will also include operation of
mechanical harvesting equipment. Operates powered and manual
equipment relative to vegetation management such as airboats,
all-terrain vehicles, midsize tractors, outboard motorboats,
aquatic vegetation harvesters (e.g., Truxor - amphibious machine,
Conver - harvester, tow boats) chemical spray trucks, backpack
sprayers including transporting, loading, and offloading of
Fills sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to
formulas. Mixes herbicides and/or algaecides for application to
vegetation or algae. Connects hoses and nozzles selected according
to terrain, distribution pattern requirements, types of
infestations, and velocities. Starts motors and engages machinery,
such as sprayer agitators or pumps or portable spray equipment.
Lifts, pushes, and swings nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray
over designated areas.
Maintains awareness of weather conditions, environmentally
sensitive areas, drift potential, obstructions, and herbicide label
restrictions when planning and implementing control activities.
Inspects and monitors District owned rights of ways, canals,
levees, easements and other properties for undesirable vegetation
growth and invasive/nuisance plant species, including species
identified as priorities for rapid response control.
Prepares and maintains vegetation management reports and daily logs
using District data collection software including, but not limited
to treatment schedules and mapping of planned control
Posts warning signs in treated areas to inform the public of any
water use or re-entry restrictions.
Uses a map and/or GPS to identify location and record, reference or
retrieve vegetation management data.
Incumbent must have a background and practical work experience in
vegetation management, good verbal and written communication
skills, ability to plan and manage workloads, enthusiasm, and
temperament for dealing with harsh wetland field conditions, and
willingness and commitment to actively contribute to a
collaborative teamwork effort.
All other duties as assigned.
Work hours are Monday - Thursday, 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Education and Experience
High School Diploma or GED required and 2+ years' experience in the
mixing and application of aquatic and terrestrial herbicides, plant
identification and alternate methods of aquatic vegetation
management practices. Equivalent combination of relevant education
and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Licenses and Certifications
Maintain a valid Restricted Pesticide Public Applicator License
with Aquatic & Right-of-Way category (Recertification is required
every 4 years). If Incumbent does not currently possess a valid
pesticide applicator license, the District will allow a period of 3
months from date of hire to obtain the license. The District is
willing to pay cost of pesticide applicator training & licensing.
Ability to obtain & maintain certification in Forklift Operations,
First Aid/CPR/AED, and airboat operation. Recertification will
occur per District Safety Program.
Valid State of Florida Driver's License.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Due to the District's response role and in the total scope of
emergency management, this position may at times, be required to
provide support before, during and after major storm events and
emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared
emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.
Primarily field work with regular exposure to unpredictable weather
conditions. Position works outside on the water and levees most of
Overtime will be required based on weather and/or environmental
Daily vegetation management operations are usually performed
Some assignments require travel to remote locations and may require
travel throughout the state of Florida. At times, overnight travel
may be required.
Moves or otherwise transports equipment weighing up to 50 pounds or
For more information and to apply, please visit:
Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for
Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for
vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming
Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each
submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form
214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required
by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. All documentation is
due by the close of the job posting.
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