Title Code: 7381
Occ. Group:
 

PEST CONTROL OPERATOR

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
DIVERSITY
of people and thought is respected;
EXCELLENCE
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
EFFICIENCY
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and
COMMITMENT
to intellectual achievement is embraced.

DEFINITION

Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in designing and/or directing pest control operations, mixing and applying pesticides and herbicides and performing related work as required.
 

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

- Conducts routine surveys throughout campus facilities and grounds to detect the prevalence of any insects or other pest infestations.

- Performs pest identification and determines appropriate control measures, i.e., mechanical, chemical, to eliminate the infestation.

- Applies pesticides and conducts follow-up surveys to determine treatment effectiveness; performs follow-up treatments as necessary.

- Mixes concentrated toxic chemicals to proper dilutions for treatment of all types of structural surfaces.

- Disperses pesticides with 200 gallon, high pressure, tractor pulled sprayer to control insects on campus grounds.

- Attends workshops and classes, reads professional journals and does research to maintain knowledge of latest technology and maintain state certification.

- Fogs sewers, streamlines, drains and dwellings as required for elimination of disease carrying insects.

- Removes rodents by dispersing bait traps, etc.; removes dead animal bodies from campus.

- Evaluates chemicals for toxicity, active and inert ingredients, residual effects of application, and effectiveness.

- Inspects and treats trees, flower beds and turf for aphids, bagworms and other botanical destroying insects.

- Communicates with professionals/faculty in biology/entomology as needed to evaluate metamorphosis, life span habits and diseases caused by certain insects.

- Coordinates with campus health and safety officer to review pest control program.

- Maintains equipment and chemical inventory; performs maintenance on equipment.

- Performs other related duties as assigned.
 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

- Knowledge of a wide variety of pests including their life cycle and types of formulations appropriate for their control.

- Knowledge of safe methods of chemical application to avoid contamination of food, damage and contamination of habitat and exposure of people and pets.

- Knowledge of specific factors which may lead to a hazardous condition, i.e., continuous exposure.

- Knowledge of environmental conditions relating to chemical application.

- Knowledge of pest control materials/equipment, and chemicals.

- Ability to identify signs and symptoms of chemical poisoning.

- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with campus employees and students.
 

RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS

High School diploma or General Equivalency Diploma. Possession of a valid Tennessee operator's license as issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety. Two years of experience with a licensed pest control company. Commercial Pest Control Operator license, as issued by the State of Tennessee. Current certification in required subcategory.
 

Date         Skill         Eval           
3/19/91        5     532032213

 

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.