King County Vegetation Specialist

  • Employer: King County
  • Location: based at 155 Monroe Avenue NE; Renton, WA 98056; work is performed at various locations throughout King County.
  • Salary: $25.00 - $30.44 Hourly $52,008.94 - $63,309.38 Annually

Job Description

King County Invites Applications for the Position of Vegetation Specialist.

Salary: $25.00 - $30.44 Hourly $52,008.94 - $63,309.38 Annually

Location: Roads Maintenance - 155 Monroe Ave NE, Renton

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Division: Department of Transportation - Road Services Division

Job Number: 2017MCK07304


The King County Road Services Division designs, builds, operates and maintains roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of King County. The division is committed to ensuring the county's transportation system is safe and efficient for all uses and modes of travel. The Division is responsible for 1,500 miles of road and 181 bridges, 5.7 million feet of drainage ditches, over 44,000 traffic control signs, 78 traffic signals, and 50 traffic cameras in unincorporated King County. The Division has approximately 350 employees in a variety of trades, crafts, engineering, professional and administrative classifications.

The King County Road Services Division, Maintenance Section, is currently recruiting for a full-time Career Service Vegetation Specialist position. Responsibilities will include implementation of the integrated Vegetation Management Program for right of way vegetation. Incumbents in this position are responsible for selecting and applying vegetation control measures and maintaining related records.

Who May Apply

This recruiting effort is open to all qualified King County career service employees who are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E.) Local 302, King County career service employees,and the general public. First consideration is for lateral movement of current career service applicants, holding the position of Vegetation Specialist, who are members of I.U.O.E., Local 302.

Required Materials

The following materials are required: (1) complete and detailed King County application form (2) resume and cover letter (3) answers to the supplemental questions. PLEASE NOTE: Applications that state "see my resume" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed job application.

Work Location

This position is based at 155 Monroe Avenue NE; Renton, WA 98056; work is performed at various locations throughout King County.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8 hours per day; 40 hours per week (possible 4x10 schedule in the summer); mandatory overtime and weekends may be required in emergency and workload situations. This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

Union Membership

Positions in this classification will be represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302.


Please contact Antinette Ruggerio-Johnson, Human Resource Associate, 206.477.3595 or

Job Duties

Duties and responsibilties include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the theory of the Integrated Vegetation Management Program for right-of-way vegetation including helping to select proper vegetation control measures among mechanical, cultural, biological
    and chemical options. Done by coordinating with Division staff.
  • Select and apply appropriate herbicides to inhibit germination of vegetation to unimproved shoulders; control noxious weeds on right-of-way by distributing the bio-control agents or herbicide application;
    monitor the progress of the bio-agents if their use is allowed by the Noxious Weed Board.
  • Evaluate dangerous trees, implement corrective action.
  • Operate and perform limited routine maintenance of a variety of equipment including computerized spray truck, pumps, nozzles, etc.; maintain application records on computerized databases; implement
    the integrated vegetation management plan.
  • Maintains pesticide application records required by the Department of Agriculture. Maintains files and records for the "Owner Will Maintain" program.
  • Write specifications and procure equipment, vendor services and chemicals used in vegetation control, contract mowing, high-level tree trimming and beautification tree trimming.
  • Deal directly with the public regarding sensitive pesticide and environmental issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Three (3) years of paid vegetation management experience, including operation of spray operations equipment and maintenance of spray operations equipment.
  • One (1) year of experience dealing with the public in a service-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of pesticide laws and safety.
  • Basic knowledge of arbor-culture principles.
  • Basic knowledge of chemicals and usage.
  • Ability to use a computer, including knowledge of Access databases.
  • Oral and written communication skills, including report writing.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Predictable and reliable attendance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At the time of hire candidate is an ISA Certified Arborist

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • At the time of hire the candidate must have a valid Washington State Driver's License and a Washington State Public Pesticide Operator's License from the Department of Agriculture, with a Right
    of Way Weed endorsement.
  • Must obtain Aquatic Pest Control endorsement within six months of hire.
  • Must obtain International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist within one year of hire.

Supplemental Information

Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or the department's Human Resource Service Delivery Manager.

King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department of Transportation encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.

How to Apply

Apply online at

King County is committed to equity and diversity in the workplace. In addition, the county is committed to recruiting and maintaining a quality workforce that shares our guiding principles: collaborative, service-oriented, results-focused, accountable, innovative, professional and fair and just.