Mosquito Control Spray Technician
Company: City of Portsmouth
Posted on: September 22, 2022
General Statement of the Job & Essential Functions
Under general supervision, this position performs routine skilled
work for mosquito control and abatement. Reports to Mosquito
Control Crew Leader.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Receives requests and maintenance schedules for mosquito control
work; inspects potential mosquito breeding habitats and properties;
diagnoses insects, weeds and disease problems; selects and applies
proper pesticides and equipment; and calculates amount of required
materials for chemical applications, and mixes and loads
Operates equipment in the inspection of breeding sites and
properties, application of pesticides, and maintenance of storm
water system, such as pickup trucks, dump trucks, fork truck,
backhoe, tractors, ridding machine, boats, all terrain vehicles,
various sprayers, GPS; and hand tools such as shovels, pitchforks,
swing blades, brush hooks and wheelbarrows.
Performs routine checks and preventive maintenance on equipment;
identifies and reports equipment malfunctions; cleans equipment as
needed, and recommends purchase of new and/or additional
Prepares a variety of forms and reports to document work performed;
responds to pesticide usage and inspection inquiries; and reports
and or maintains the upkeep for any storm water infrastructure.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned. Individual assignments will be
determined by supervisor based on current workload and department
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of Work: Has general knowledge of the mosquito control
practices and procedures of the department. Has considerable
knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and codes
governing environmental safety and public safety. Is skilled in the
use of motorized equipment and hand tools. Is skilled in the
operation of common office equipment and applications, including
computers, word processors, spreadsheets and database programs. Is
skilled in the writing and reviewing of reports and logs. Is able
to exercise independent judgement and initiative in applying
standards to a variety of work situations. Is able to exercise
considerable tact and courtesy in frequent contact with the public.
Is able to establish and maintain effective relationships as
necessitated by work assignments.
Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising
duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to
correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of
responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interacts
within division and department, and with the general public.
Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all
duties and responsibilities as described under "Essential Job
Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and
meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines
in accordance with directives, city policy, standards and
prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned
responsibilities in the administrative, human and conceptual
Attendance: Attends work regularly and adheres to city policies and
procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate
notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and
Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant
and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and
accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and
initiates proper and acceptable direction for completion of work
with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility.
Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies
decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying
alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements
decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and
procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or
experienced advice and researches problems, situations and
alternatives before exercising judgment.
Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and
strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such
instruction and direction when clarification of results or
consequences are justified, i.e. poor communications, variance with
city policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and
recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all
staff persons within the division.
Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with supervisors and
staff for mutual and departmental benefit. Contributes to
maintaining high morale among all division employees. Develops and
maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department
employees, staffers and managers in other departments,
representatives from organizations, and the general public so as to
maintain good will toward the department and project a good
departmental image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests,
suggestions and complaints from other divisions and persons in
order to maintain good will within the city. Interacts effectively
with fellow employees, supervisor, professionals and the general
Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine.
Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance
with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of
effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work
and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings,
planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity
in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Maintains a
calendar for meetings, deadlines and events.
Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping
standards established by the city and various regulatory agencies.
Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and
Education, Experience & Special Requirements
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Requires a high school diploma or the equivalent, and 2-3 years of
experience in mosquito control or semi-skilled maintenance
operations, other related experience, or an equivalent combination
of education and experience.
A Virginia Commercial Pesticide Applicator's License (Categories: 8
Public Health Pest Control, 6 Right-of-Way Pest Control, 5A Aquatic
Pest Control - General) is required within 90 days of hire.
Requires satisfactory results from a pre-employment medical
evaluation and pre-employment substance abuse testing and is
subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.
This job is considered "Essential Personnel," and requires
attendance and working during and following natural disasters and
An acceptable general background check to include a local and state
criminal history check. A valid driver's license with an acceptable
Physical Requirements : Must be physically able to operate a
variety of office machinery including computers, calculators and
copiers, etc. Must be capable of lifting up to 50 lbs. and
pushing/pulling up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or a
negligible amount of work constantly to move objects. Physical
demand requirements are for Medium Work and include
stooping/kneeling, crouching/crawling and climbing/balancing.
Data Conception : Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the
readily observable, functional, structural or compositional
characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious
standards) of data, people or things.
Interpersonal Communication : Requires the ability of speaking
and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes
receiving instructions, assignments or directions from superiors;
giving instructions, assignment or directions to subordinates and
advising the public on divisional policies.
Language Ability : Requires the ability to read and interpret a
variety of reports, logs, trade journals, codes, policy/operation
manuals, guidelines, maps, etc. Requires the ability to interpret
basic biological, chemical and environmental terms and concepts.
Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, logs,
etc., using prescribed formats. Requires the ability to speak with
poise, voice control and confidence.
Intelligence : Requires the ability to apply principles of logical
thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and
draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of
technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; deal
with several abstract and concrete variables.
Verbal Aptitude : Requires the ability to record and deliver
information, explain procedures, and to follow oral and written
instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and
efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages
including biological, chemical, environmental safety and public
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) REQUIREMENTS The City of
Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City
to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with
disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to
discuss accommodations. This is a class description and not an
individual position description. A class specification defines the
general character and scope of duties and responsibilities of all
positions in a job classification, but is not intended to describe
and does not necessarily list the essential job functions for a
given position in a classification.
Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add, subtract, multiply
and divide; calculate/utilize decimals and percentages; interpret
graphs; and perform calculations involving variables, formulas,
square roots and polynomials.
Form/Spatial Aptitude : Requires the ability to inspect items for
proper length, width and shape.
Motor Coordination : Requires the ability coordinate hands and eyes
rapidly and accurately in using necessary equipment and tools,
including office equipment.
Manual Dexterity : Requires the ability to handle a variety of
items such as equipment and tools, including office equipment. Must
have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Color Discrimination : Requires the ability to differentiate
between colors and shades of color, sounds, textures, odors and
Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to perform a
variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a
different nature without loss of efficiency or composure. Must be
adaptable to performing under variable levels of stress.
Physical Communication : Requires the ability to talk and hear:
(Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words.
Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to
communicate via telephone.
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