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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Public Works
Job Title: Herbicide Applicator
Salary: $12.50 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Applies herbicides to noxious and common weeds; participates in grounds maintenance and snow/ice removal procedures.


Essential Job Functions:

Based on property inspections, mixes, handles, and applies herbicides to noxious and common weeds in a manner that is safe, effective and efficient.

  • Inspects, surveys, maps and reports weed infestations on properties
  • Applies herbicides in a manner that is safe, effective and efficient and in accordance with the label
  • Properly records and reports herbicide applications
  • Competently and safely drives and operates all equipment necessary to perform these tasks.

Participates in grounds maintenance activities

  • Mow, trims, edges, cultivates, seeds, fertilizes, and applies mulch or erosion control on road right of way, drain, stream and bridge projects, and private property restoration
  • Trims and removes trees and brush
  • Treats right of ways, concrete medians, county yards and other properties with long term control herbicides
  • Competently and safely drives and operates all equipment necessary to perform these maintenance activities

Participates in snow and ice removal operation procedures

  • Operates a dump truck with blade and spreader to clear roads of snow and ice
  • Operates loader to load material for snow and ice removal
  • Rides in truck as passenger to assist other operators with snow and ice removal
  • Maintains equipment in good condition
  • Ensures equipment is cleaned, fueled and loaded for following shift
  • Reports problems immediately to shift supervisor



Adaptability:  Adapts well to changes in assignments and priorities; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; approaches change positively and adjusts behaviors accordingly; focusing on being part of the solution

Initiative:  Actively seeks and identifies opportunities to contribute to and achieve goals.  Maintains a sense of purpose, value, and ownership of their work.  Seizes opportunities when they arise.

Customer Focus:  Shows interest in and understanding of the needs and expectations of internal and external customers; acts with customers in mind and strives for continuous improvement in products and services. Gains customer trust and respect; meets or exceeds customer expectations.

Listening:  Listens attentively to others, asks clarifying questions, actively listens, is respectful and professional in dealing with others, stays open to other viewpoints

Teamwork:  Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals. Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:  High School Diploma or Equivalent

License, certifications, etc.:   Kansas Commercial Driver’s License Class B with Air Brake endorsement; Kansas Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License in Category 9A (Noxious Weeds); or ability to acquire both within 6 months.

Preferred Qualifications

Years of Experience:  One year commercial pest control, turf pesticide applications or similar activity


Physical Requirements of Position:

  • Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
  • Crouching. Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.
  • Climbing. Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • The employee is required to have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  M-F 7:00am - 3:30pm

Location of work:  901 W. Stillwell

Salary Range:  $12.50 - $18.30 hourly

The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, exposure to high heat or extreme cold, or exposure to chemicals.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20002145

Open Date: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 2/6/2019 11:59:59 PM