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Employer: Riley County
Job Title: Noxious Weed/Household Hazardous Waste Director
Salary: $74552.00 Annually

Job Description:





Department:          Noxious Weed                   Division:

Reports To:           Board of County Commissioners

Pay Grade:            DD                                   Status: Full time                                         

FLSA Status:         Exempt


Position Summary:  Provides administrative and supervisory control in administering the Kansas Noxious Weed Law, directs county-wide noxious weed and roadside vegetation management programs, directs the county and regional household hazardous waste programs, small quantity generator waste programs, and electronic waste recycling programs.


Essential Functions:

  • Plans projects, assigns, supervises, inspects, and participates in the work of skilled and unskilled workers involved in office administration, roadside vegetation maintenance, equipment purchasing, maintenance and repair, noxious weed control, household hazardous waste, recycling, snow removal, and elections.
  • Directs the management of the Riley County HHW Program and the Big Lakes Regional HHW Program.  Responsible for planning budget, maintaining permit, billing, providing training, and all other operational activities.
  • Interviews, hires, trains, and instructs employees in the technical operations of noxious weed control, office management, roadside vegetation management, household hazardous waste programs, and recycling programs.
  • Surveys private lands, identifies noxious weed infestations, informs and educates the public on official methods of noxious weed control, inspects cooperators’ work, sends official notices, and legal notices to non-cooperators, and does follow-up enforcement treatments of noxious weeds.  Surveys public lands for noxious weeds, coordinates and contracts for noxious weed control, brush and mowing activities with state, county, township, city, and other local jurisdictions including railroads.
  • Enforces the requirements of the Kansas Noxious Weed Law, performs the duties assigned by state statues, establishes and maintains a written program for controlling each noxious weed species in Riley County, and keeps a complete mapping system of all noxious weed infestations and acres treated.
  • Purchases, sells, delivers, and inventories herbicides.  Makes chemical recommendations for treatment of noxious weeds in compliance with official regulations adopted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.  Makes recommendations to the public on lawn weed control and brush control by use of chemical labels and KSU research.
  • Attends regular training sessions in noxious weed management, commercial Category 6 and 9A certifications, household hazardous waste management, hazardous materials response, and employee management.
  • Develops and manages a system for maintaining accurate records of chemical sales, noxious weed treatment, budget summaries, cash balance, accounts receivable, accounts payable, property inventory, and household hazardous wastes inventories. Purchases or approves purchases of commodities and equipment, submits bids for large purchases and approves vouchers.
  • Prepares annual reports for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Big Lakes Regional HHW Board of Directors.
  • Designs, builds, and maintains equipment, buildings, and grounds for the noxious weed building, household hazardous waste facility, and the portable regional household hazardous waste facility.
  • Inspects hay, feed grains, storage facilities, and harvesting equipment for noxious weed seed contamination.  Inspects and follows up on complaints about noxious weed infestations on private and public land.
  • Administers and supervises the Riley County Household Hazardous Waste Program and the Big Lakes Regional Household Hazardous Waste Program consisting of eleven (11) counties. Responsible for operation of the facility in accordance with the permit issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  Responsible for the proper lab packing and bulking of all hazardous wastes in accordance with D.O.T. hazard classes and contractor standards. Responsible for a billing of disposal and operational costs to participating counties in the regional program.
  • Administers the property management plan for Riley County consisting of management of all vacant property owned by the county.  Responsible for maintaining agricultural and green space leases and inspection of property.
  • Responsible for code enforcement of tall vegetation in platted areas of Riley County outside of incorporated cities.  Responsible for handling complaints from the public, inspections, sending legal notices to landowners, follow-up inspections and mowing of property by county staff if necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

Permenant residency within Riley County must be established within one year of hire date.


Education:  Graduate of high school or GED.  Vocational school or Associate’s Degree preferred.


Certification(s):  Commercial Applicator License in Category 6 and 9A, Noxious Weed Inspector Certification, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Management training, Kansas Dept of Ag Short Course of Weed Directors all required within one year of employment.   A valid driver’s license is required. CDL preferred.


Experience:  Knowledge in agriculture, agronomy, or horticulture.  3-5 years experience in commercial weed control and chemical application required.  Math/accounting skills.   Knowledge of the Kansas Noxious Weed Law and chemicals to treat noxious weeds.  Knowledge of equipment used in all areas of roadside vegetation management.  Knowledge of requirements of Kansas Department of Health and Environment concerning household hazardous waste.  Familiar with Riley County and county policies and procedures.  Minimum 2 years Supervisory experience is required.


Skills:  A comprehensive intensive, practical knowledge of a technical field and skill in applying this knowledge to the development of new methods, approaches, or procedures as evidenced in developing the county and regional household hazardous waste program, and the county electronic waste recycling program.


Knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, and practices in an administrative occupation and skill in applying this knowledge whether it be knowledge of the Kansas Weed Law, accounting/budget procedures, mechanical skill, advising on control of noxious weeds and the materials, equipment, methods, and practices essential to an overall noxious weed program.


Supervisory Control:  The Board of County Commissioners, Kansas Department of Agriculture, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment provide administrative direction with assignments in terms of broadly defined missions.


Supervisory Responsibility:  The Director supervises the day to day programs, projects and staff members of the department.


Guidelines:  Administrative policies and precedents are applicable but are stated in general terms.  Guidelines include county policy, the Kansas Noxious Weed Law, Category 9A and 6 manuals, household hazardous waste permit requirements, state statutes, and federal law.


The employee uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods to develop new methods, criteria, or proposed new policies.


Complexity:  The work includes varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods applied to a broad range of activities.  The employee must be able to develop new methods and programs for controlling noxious weeds, roadside vegetation management, recycling programs, and disposal of household hazardous waste.  Decisions regarding what needs to be done include interpretation and evaluation processes resulting from such elements as continuing changes in programs, technological developments, or conflicting requirements.  The work requires originating new techniques, establishing criteria, or developing new information.


Scope and Effect of Work:  The work involves assessing program effectiveness, and analyzing a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions relating to enforcing the Kansas Noxious Weed Law, controlling noxious weeds on public and private lands, properly disposing of household hazardous waste, and recycling of electronic waste.  These programs impact the taxpayers in Riley County and protect the environment.


The service of this department also affects the operation of the HHW facilities in the ten (10) counties that belong to the Big Lakes Regional HHW Program.


Personal Contacts:   The personal contacts are with individuals or groups from outside the employing agency in a moderately unstructured setting.  Personal contacts include county commissioners, employees, taxpayers, weed directors from Kansas and other state, legislators in the House and Senate, managers of local government, managers from governmental agencies in other states, members of the Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, disposal companies, chemical representatives, contractors, and manufacturers.



Purpose of Contacts:  The purpose is to educate, influence, motivate, or control persons by enforcing the noxious weed law, assigning projects to employees, reporting to the county commission, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Environment, making purchases, resolving problems, and educating the public.  The employee must be skillful in approaching the individual/group in order to obtain the desires effect.



Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 55 gallon drums.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.







The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: RL2017-26

Open Date: 12/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: