Job opening: Pest Controller Helper
Salary: $21 - 25 per hour
Published at: Nov 18 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is in Environmental Management Service (EMS), Alexandria VA Healthcare System, Alexandria, LA.
The person selected for this position must have certification from the state of Louisiana in the performance of pest control. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Responsible for planning, implementing, and carrying out a complete and comprehensive integrated pest management program for the medical center.
Consults with pest management officials such as federal, state, and local environmental health specialist and entomologists in areas of program development or special needs.
Accomplishes day to day tasks necessary for an effective Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM).
Plans work to be completed, develop survey, inspection and treatment schedules and completes required reports and records operations, including chemical used and areas treated.
Conducts Environment of Care Rounds to check for signs of pests, or things which may attract pests.
Completes administrative records which document the applicable logs or records as required.
Work involves identification of pests, locating the source and determining appropriate control method; either physical or chemical and sanitation needs to achieve the most effective results.
Remove and clean areas where dead pests, rodents, and animal fowl have been identified, such as attics, basements, light diffusers, etc.
Must have a thorough knowledge of pests including ants, flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mice, rats and birds, terminates, ticks, fleas, mites, bed bugs, etc. including their physical characteristics, life cycles, habits, reproduction patterns, and hiding areas within the facility.
Must be able to use, identify, store, transport, handle, mix and dispose of toxic chemicals and media; and to consider factors such as compatibility, synergism, persistence, resistance, and animal and plant toxicity.
Utilizes various public and private sector agencies; EPA, VA Headquarters VHA Handbook 1850.02, Agricultural Center publications and directives to ensure the overall program is within guidelines for safety, chemical application, and control methods.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday 7:00am-3:30pm subject to change based on the needs of the facility.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:
Must have current and valid certification from the state of Louisiana in the performance of pest control.
Must have experience with identification of pests, locating the source and determining appropriate control method; either physical or chemical and sanitation needs to achieve the most effective results.
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS:
Physical Effort: Pest Controllers often lift, and handle materials weighing over 23 kilograms (53 pounds) and carry chemical solutions and equipment weighing up to 18 kilograms (40 pounds) for extended periods. They occasionally work in cramped and inconvenient surroundings requiring manipulation of equipment in awkward positions for prolonged periods. Work frequently requires standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions for extended periods. They may move furniture and equipment.
Working Conditions: The work is accomplished both inside and outside. When working outside, pest control workers are often exposed to hot sun for extended periods of time and occasionally to bad weather. Outside work may be done in marsh areas or under hot and dusty conditions for extended periods. Inside work is often accomplished in structural areas with minimum ventilations and/or limited access. The workers mix substances and apply pesticides while wearing respirators, gloves, and other personal protective equipment designed to nullify the risk of exposure to toxic dust and sprays which might damage their health. Damage to health may occur if appropriate safety procedures are not followed. Discomfort may be experienced while wearing protective clothing, respirators, goggles, or face masks for extended periods of time. They may be exposed to poisonous insects, reptiles, and plants and to wild and rabid animals.
Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualifications. For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.
You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)MaterialsMeasuring InstrumentsTechnical PracticesUse and Maintain Tools and EquipmentWithout more than normal supervision
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
- Address Alexandria VA Medical Center
2495 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
- Name: VHA National Recruitment Center
- Phone: (844)456-5208
- Email: [email protected]