NATURE OF WORK
This is technical work, at the lead worker level, in the field of aquatic plant control and canal maintenance.
Work involves responsibility for participating in the work, and assisting in the supervision of subordinates applying herbicides to control aquatic plants, operation and maintenance of flood gates, cleaning of canals, and the use and repair of necessary equipment. Work policies, procedures and assignments are outlined by a superior; however, work is performed with some independence. Supervision is received from a supervisor who inspects work in progress and checks for the efficient operation and compliance with standards.
This classification is distinguished from Aquatic Control Worker I by the lead worker responsibilities over subordinates and by the increased experience requirements.
Inspects canal systems for aquatic plant encroachment and identifies plants.
Selects correct herbicide or biological agent and method of application; treats plants obstructing or hindering water movement.
Assists in supervising subordinates; trains subordinates in all phases of work.
Operates flood control gates, sometimes during heavy rain and high wind, subject to call-out during non-duty hours.
Assists in emergency operations before and after severe storms and hurricanes.
Removes extraneous material from waterways; may include heavy objects, dead fish and containers of unknown contents.
Operates and performs necessary repairs on sophisticated spray equipment, safety equipment, and vehicles.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of the propagation of aquatic plants.
Knowledge of the formulation of chemicals used in aquatic plant control.
Knowledge of safety precautions to be used when working with toxic materials.
Ability to identify aquatic plants of Florida.
Ability to repair and maintain spray equipment.
Ability to engage in active field work for extended periods of time, occasionally under adverse weather conditions.
Ability to keep records and submit reports.
Ability to assist in the supervision of subordinate workers.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability or political affiliation.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from high school; experience in aquatic plant control utilizing herbicides; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Possession of a Herbicide Applicator's License issued by the State of Florida. Possession of a valid Florida Operator Driver's License.
Bargaining Unit: Blue Collar
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Code of Ethics
Work Locations: Streets and Highways, Water Management
Class Spec Estab./Revised: E2/77 R7/95