Pesticide Technician

Davey Resource Group, Inc - Harrisburg, PA (30+ days ago)3.5

Position Title: Pesticide Technician-Harrisburg, PA

Davey Resource Group, Inc., has opportunities for full-time, entry-level career positions for persons interested in the field of Urban Forestry. Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima is considered an invasive species in many parts of North America and it is also a preferred host to the recently discovered invasive pest species, the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). If left untreated, Spotted Lanternfly could have substantial negative impacts on grape, orchard, and logging industries in the United States.

Position Description: This position involves interfacing between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and property owners to create, permission, and execute site plans and treatment plans to apply pesticide to designated trees on private and public properties. The treatment of these trees is part of an effort by the United States Department of Agriculture to inhibit the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly.

Physically, the work requires the ability to correctly identify the designated trees slated for pesticide and/or insecticide treatment and to apply basal and foliar applications to these trees safely and according to the label. This work will occur along city streets, individual residences, woodlots and wetlands. Specific task training is provided.

Position Requirements:

  • A Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is required
  • A two-year degree in forestry, urban forestry, horticulture, arboriculture, plant biology, conservation, or environmental science or related fields is preferred
  • Excellent tree identification skills
  • Computer Proficiency is required since the work involves the use of advanced technology equipment such as hand-held computers, pen-tablet computers, GPS equipment and GIS tree management software.
  • Ability to read and follow maps and to work independently
  • Experience identifying damage in trees associated with the Spotted Lanternfly is a plus.
  • A valid driver's license, good driving record
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions around wildlife, in rugged terrain
  • Excellent communication skills

Additional Information: Full time position. Compensation based upon qualifications and experience. Pre-employment drug screening and Social Security verification are required. Davey Resource Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $23.00 /hour