County of Alameda

Weed and Pest Control Supervisor (#9536)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Public Works Mgmt (R44)
$59.54-$59.54 Hourly / $4,763.20-$4,763.20 BiWeekly /
$10,320.27-$10,320.27 Monthly / $123,843.20-$123,843.20 Yearly

Under general supervision, to perform pest control inspections of right-of-way and structures to determine the infestation of weeds and vertebrate pests; direct eradication operations; and to perform related work as required.


The Weed and Pest Control Supervisor is the first-line supervisor responsible for the county-wide Integrated Vegetation Management Program and pest control procedures along County rights-of-way (roads, flood control channels, transportation corridors, lots and landscaping). This class is distinguished from the next lower one of Vegetation Technician in that the latter class is the journey-level worker certified by the State of California to handle and apply the chemicals used in vegetation management and pest control, while the former class is the first-line supervisor with overall program responsibility and differing mandated license.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, organizes and supervises a County-wide vegetation and rodent management program; plans and implements a safe and cost effective spray program; provides vegetation management advice to staff and the public; investigates complaints from the public or other jurisdictions regarding weed control, chemical application, weeds and rodents.
2. Ensures that the strength and application method of weed control chemicals being applied are correct; provides daily supervision to chemical and mechanical vegetation control crews including assigning equipment, work sites, crew sizes and reviewing work performance; trains and monitors crews’ application and handling of chemicals ensuring that safety equipment and protective devices are properly used; trains employees in the safe use of equipment and materials.
3. Inspects and tests performance of application equipment ensuring specified chemical application rates are being applied; identifies areas where use of mechanical control methods are appropriate; supervises care and pruning of landscape vegetation at various flood control spoils disposal sites; reviews landscaping plan sections of capital improvement projects.
4. Identifies plants, grasses, weeds, pest species and non-target organisms through the collection of samples to select proper chemical control agent or methodology; monitors changes in law and technology to ensure that vegetation and rodent management programs meet standards; conducts field tests of chemical control products.
5. Maintains records of application areas, purchases, equipment use, rodent control programs, chemical test sites; administers contracts with other agencies in the area of weed and pest control; maintains and submits required County, State and Federal records and reports regarding chemical usage; maintains chemical inventory; stores chemicals in compliance with required standards.
6. Recommends pest management information for use and makes presentations to the public and County staff; reviews landscaping plan sections of capital improvement projects and vegetation management sections of the clean water program.


Either I

The equivalent of two years of experience as a Vegetation Technician, or an equivalent or higher level class, in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a valid Agricultural Pest Control Advisor’s license issued by the State of California showing qualifications in the following categories: Control of vertebrate pests and control of weeds.


The equivalent of three years’ full-time experience as an Agricultural Pest Control Advisor specializing in the control of vertebrate pests and weeds,


Possession of a valid Agricultural Pest Control Advisor’s license issued by the State of California showing qualifications in the following categories: Control of vertebrate pests and control of weeds.

License (required for all above patterns):

Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
• Basic principles and practices of supervision and leadership.
• Weed and pest identification and control methodology.
• Safety procedures as they relate to mechanical and chemical weed control programs.
• Federal, State, and local codes and regulations relating to chemical use, storage, and reporting.
• Principles of Integrated Pest Management including biological, chemical, cultural and physical pest control methods.
• Estimating, inspecting, planning, scheduling, and job control practices.

Ability to:
• Make decisions.
• Plan and organize.
• Set standards of performance in order to control and optimize the productivity of staff.
• Estimate the staffing and equipment required in the category of work assigned.
• Identify pest and non-target organisms.
• Keep detailed records and special files.
• Read and interpret plans, specifications, government regulations, contract documents and handling instructions for various chemical agents.
• Train subordinates in all phases of work and safety.
• Keep abreast of changing technology, work methods and materials.
• Use and operate a variety of maintenance and spraying tools and equipment.
• Use various meters and microscopes for identification and monitoring purposes.
• Operate a standard office computer to enter data, retrieve data, utilize spreadsheet and other applications.

Working Conditions
Duties of this position require prolonged sitting and walking on flat and uneven surfaces such as on earthen dams and along flood control channels. The incumbent daily drives for one to two hour periods to reach work sites and is frequently in and out of the vehicle. Duties require working outdoors in all weather conditions; around loud noises and mechanical hazards such as chippers, chain saws, sprayers; working around moving traffic and power lines along roadsides. The incumbent is daily exposed to heavy dust and pollen and a variety of chemicals used in weed control; and may come into contact with poisonous plants, spiders, and snakes.

Typed: 1/97
T. Tarantino:lm
Old document: 1318H.DOC
New document: 9536
CSC Date: 5/13/97
MH:cs Revised 2/3/15
CSC Date: 4/29/15


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.