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License and Certification Qualifications: Valid Georgia Class C Driver's License required. Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission Certification in Category 29 Household Pest Control required; or must be a Registered Technician and obtain Operator Certification in Category 29 within six months of hire. Failure to obtain certification in prescribed time or failure to maintain certification may result in termination. Additional Georgia Commercial Applicator License in one or more of the following Categories 17, 30, 31, 35, or 41 preferred.

Education Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required.

Experience Qualifications: Two years experience in commercial and/or institutional pest control field operations as a Certified Operator, or fours years experience as a Registered Technician is required.

Skills Qualifications: Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques applicable to large school environments; knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the legal, safe, and effective application of restricted use pesticides in a school environment, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Georgia Structural Pest Control Act, and the Rules of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission; ability to read, understand, and follow pesticide labels, labeling materials, technical instructions, and Material Safety Data Sheet information for restricted use pesticides and other non-restricted pest control materials and equipment; knowledge of the mechanical function, design, and purpose of common equipment and tools used in the practice of IPM and skills in the use, maintenance, cleaning, and basic repair of such tools and equipment; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to research pest control techniques, characteristics, and aids for identifying unknown pests and determining additional control methods that can be employed for effective resolution of an existing pest problem; and computer skills with word processing, computerized maintenance management, digital camera interface, and related software used within the pest control operation. Ability to safely operate a passenger vehicle.

Primary Responsibilities: Perform pest control operations required to safely and effectively implement, maintain, and improve the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) by performing, overseeing, and facilitating institutional and structural pest control in GCPS facilities or on GCPS property, according to federal, state, and local laws or regulations, and accepted principles or best practices of IPM.

1. Implement the GCPS institutional and structural pest control program, using the principles of IPM.
a. Prioritize work orders on a daily basis and respond to emergency work orders in close proximity to student and staff occupied areas first.
b. Visually inspect for evidence of pest activity prior to treatment and use glue cards, pest sighting logs, and other tools to evaluate and document the presence and level of pest activity.
c. Use various methods to exclude pests, seal potential entry points, and remove or reduce harborage areas and food and water sources.
d. Use or apply according to label directions, the least toxic pesticide product(s) suitable to reduce or eliminate target pest populations in a timely and effective manner to gain and sustain adequate control of the target pest, when appropriate.

2. Provide excellent customer service when performing pest control actions.
a. Sign-in when entering local schools and support facilities in accordance with general GCPS requirements and site specific practices.
b. Communicate respectfully and professionally with local school and support facility staff, students, and visitors of all levels.
c. Provide clear information and feedback on the status of reported problems to appropriate local school and support staff.
d. Provide timely, thorough, and effective inspections, recommendations, and corrective actions when responding to and resolving reported pest problems.

3. Perform emergency or other appropriate treatments and applications safely, effectively, and in a timely manner in compliance with federal, state, and local laws or regulations.
a. Transport pesticides in properly labeled and secured containers, with adequate ventilation, in accordance with label directions and other applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
b. Apply pesticides only to unoccupied areas, unless otherwise expressly permitted by label directions and other applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
c. Post signage as required to clearly indicate areas of pesticide application, date, and time of application, product applied and the minimum time that must elapse after application before the area may be reentered and occupied.
d. Contain and thoroughly clean up any spilled pesticides using proper tools, supplies, and methods in accordance with label directions and other applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
e. Properly clean and care for tools, traps, and application equipment, to maintain it in proper working order between applications or use.

4. Supervise or review field operations of contract pest control service providers or assigned part-time or miscellaneous employees.

5. Maintain accurate records of restricted use pesticide applications and inventories of all pest control materials and equipment in compliance with federal, state, and local laws or regulations.
a. Store pesticides in properly labeled and secured containers, with adequate ventilation in accordance with label directions and other applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
b. Accurately measure quantities of pesticides used and record data on work orders including, type of application, date, time, location, quantity applied, as required to meet applicable federal, staff and local regulations
c. Dispose of spilled, expired, unused, or discontinued pesticides in accordance with label directions and other applicable federal, state, and local regulations.

6. Complete and maintain necessary training and seek to continually improve skills by remaining knowledgeable of federal and state requirements of pesticide application, storage, handling, and disposal.
a. Obtain at least the minimum certified training hours necessary for renewal of the required pesticide applicators license within the required time period.
b. Review industry periodicals, online sites, and other technical resources to refresh and expand knowledge for identifying pests, understanding pest biology, selecting and applying control methods, tools and products to control target pests in and around school system facilities.

7. Operate GCPS vehicles safely in accordance with local, state and national laws, and complete associated tasks such as fueling and checking fluids.
a. Avoid unnecessary distractions while driving, including eating, prolonged phone conversations, and reading of paper or electronic documents.
b. Use extreme caution when driving on and around school campuses, being particularly mindful of students, other pedestrians, and vehicles in the area.
c. Check fields and other non-roadway areas of campus grounds for potential hazards before driving on them to complete assigned duties.
d. Take proper care of vehicles, reporting all accidents, repair or maintenance needs, and delivering vehicles for scheduled service when required.
e. Obtain supervisory approval prior to making any modifications to vehicles, including any temporary or permanent attachments.

8. Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, negotiate stairs, climb ladders, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear, manipulate tools and small items with hands, and lift and transport up to 50 pounds over short distances. The employee is required to operate a motor vehicle in performance of duties. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to focus. The employee may be subjected to a wide range of ambient temperature and humidity conditions while working outdoors or indoors under varying conditions including overhead work and work in confined spaces. Potential hazards of this position include contact with biological species that may inflict harm by various means including biting, stinging, injecting venom, or transmitting disease. Other potential hazards include the use of pesticides, other chemicals, and solvents; inspecting and treating elevated building features and fixtures, such as flag poles, lights, signs and awnings using ladders or other lifting devices; and working with electrical, mechanical and rotating equipment, including spreaders, spray rigs, foggers, and propane powered tools, that produce heat, noise and vibration. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with specific disabilities.

Jul 02, 2021. Gwinnett County Public Schools Jobs from Gwinnett Daily Post

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