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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5713

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)


Pest Control Technician


Under direction, mixes sprays and applies appropriate chemical solutions to control weeds, pests, insects, and diseases; provides training and functional guidance to maintenance personnel on the safe application of chemical solutions for weed, disease and pest control; maintains accurate records and develops and submits scheduled reports on pesticide use to regulatory agencies; researches and reports on pesticide issues and new chemical solutions; updates departmental policies and procedures on the safe application of pesticides; and performs related work as required.

Distinguished Characteristics

The Pest Control Technician is a specialist in the mixing, spraying and application of chemical solutions to control weeds, pests, insects and plant and tree diseases.  The classification is distinguished from the Maintenance Worker in that the incumbent does not routinely perform construction, maintenance or landscape work.  The classification is distinguished from the Lead Maintenance Worker in that the incumbent does not oversee a crew engaged in the performance of construction, maintenance or landscape work.
Supervision Exercised/Received
Receives general supervision from the Public Works Supervisor or Park Services Supervisor; provides technical supervision to Maintenance Workers.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however they may vary depending upon actual assignment and are not all-inclusive.
  • Inspects areas and consults with supervisor relative to schedules, methods, chemicals, materials and formulas to be used and areas to be sprayed;
  • Safely mixes and sprays trees, plants, shrubs, grasses and other flora with chemical solutions to control weeds, pests, diseases and insects;
  • Sprays ponds and similar areas to control the growth of mosquito and other insect populations;
  • Effectively applies regulations, policies and procedures related to area of assignment;
  • Provides functional training to maintenance workers on the appropriate methods for mixing and applying chemical solutions to control pests, weeds and diseases;
  • Researches and reports on issues and new chemical control applications;
  • Updates departmental policies and procedures on the safe application of pesticides;
  • Develops and maintains accurate records on pesticide use; completes and submits scheduled reports to regulatory agencies;
  • Implements required tasks and duties as mandated by State and Federal regulations and prepares and submits required reports in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Acts as the liaison for the City and coordinates with vendors and outside agencies to ensure compliance with regulations, policies and procedures related to the application of chemical solutions to control weeds, pests, insects and diseases;
  • Safely operates a vehicle towing spray equipment using defensive driving practices;
  • Safely operates power driven spray equipment; and disassembles, maintains and repairs spray apparatus including spray guns and hose and reel assembly.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Performs other job-related duties as required
  • Minimum Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Tools and techniques for the proper use and application of chemicals used to control weeds, diseases, insects and other pests;
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations, laws and reporting requirements;
  • Proper maintenance of spray equipment;
  • Safe work practices and procedures related to use of chemical sprays;
  • Treatment for pesticide poisoning and basic first aid. 
  • Ability to
  • Safely perform skilled work in the preparation and application of chemical solutions to control weeds, diseases, insects and other pests;
  • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Maintain accurate records; and prepare reports in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Safely and skillfully operate tools and equipment related to work assignments;
  • Maintain and make minor repairs to spray apparatus;
  • Read and comprehend pertinent rules, laws and regulations and specialized materials such as technical manuals, written instructions, and mixing formulas;
  • Understand and follow work safety procedures and practices;
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with the general public, co-workers, and those contacted during the course of work. 
  • License/Certification Required

    Possess and maintain a valid California class C driver's license; and possess and maintain a valid Qualified Applicator Certificate.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be: 
    Formal or informal education which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance; and a minimum of three (3) years of responsible experience in the identification, mixing and use of chemical solutions to address weed, disease and pest control or two (2) of experience successfully performing landscape maintenance work.

    Special Requirements 

    Physical Requirements:  On a daily basis, the essential duties of this classification require the ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch, to reach, to stand for long periods of time to walk; to lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 20 pounds; to use finger dexterity and hand strength to operate and grasp tools and equipment; the repetitive use of feet and hands to operate vehicles and/or equipment; to feel attributes of objects by touch; to verbally exchange ideas and information; to hear to receive verbal detailed information and instruction; to see from one to twenty feet with a good field of vision and the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; and to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or moving surfaces.
    Work Environment:  Essential duties of this classification are performed primarily in a field environment under various weather conditions.  Work is performed on a daily basis around moving objects and vehicles; around machinery with moving parts; on slippery and uneven surfaces; and with hands in water.  On a daily basis, the incumbent is exposed to pesticides, solvents, and chemicals.  Occasionally, the incumbent is subjected to vibration; an atmosphere of constant noise; and/or exposed to silica, smoke, fumes, gas, dust, grease, and oil.
    Career Ladder Information
    Experience gained in the classification of Pest Control Technician may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to Park Services Supervisor or Public Works Supervisor.