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Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

Also Known as: Spray Technician, Sprayer Operator, Parks Technician, Pest Control Technician, Agricultural Chemical Sprayer, Grounds Worker, Grounds Technician

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Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification.

Top Skills for this Job

  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management

Top Tasks for this Job

  • Fill sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to formulas.
  • Mix pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for application to trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops.
  • Cover areas to specified depths with pesticides, applying knowledge of weather conditions, droplet sizes, elevation-to-distance ratios, and obstructions.
  • Lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas.
  • Start motors and engage machinery, such as sprayer agitators or pumps or portable spray equipment.
  • Connect hoses and nozzles selected according to terrain, distribution pattern requirements, types of infestations, and velocities.
  • Clean or service machinery to ensure operating efficiency, using water, gasoline, lubricants, or hand tools.
  • Identify lawn or plant diseases to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

Top Education for this Job

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology
  • Production and Processing
  • English Language
  • Administration and Management
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Education and Training
  • Mathematics
  • Law and Government
  • Transportation

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