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Noxious Weed Program Manager

Salary: $6,537.00 – $8,716.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County, WA
Job Type: Regular Full-Time Employee
Job Number:34R01718
Department: Public Works
Division: Water Resources
Opening Date: 05/08/2024
Closing Date: 05/19/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


Summary of Duties

Thurston County Public Works is recruiting for a Noxious Weed Program Manager to join our dynamic, energetic, and innovative team. The successful candidate will lead a team of Noxious Weed Specialists to meet the regulatory requirements of Washington State Noxious Weed Law, plan, organize and oversee noxious weed eradication projects and serve as the coordinator for the Thurston County Noxious Weed Control Board.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Develop and recommend annual program policies and procedures for adoption by the Noxious Weed Control Board.
  • Issue notices of violation, civil infractions and issue work orders for enforcement activity.
  • Plan, implement, and track work plans and budgets.
  • Manage aquatic and terrestrial noxious weed control projects.
  • Track and recommend adjustments to the noxious weed assessment.
  • Coordinate the activities and actions of the Thurston County Noxious Weed Control Board.
To view the full job classification, click here:  Program Manager

Message to potential applicants: 
We understand that some potential applicants are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the functions or skills listed in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that may be someone who will learn some of these skills on the job. If you are interested in this position, and meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to go ahead and apply! Feel free to think about how you will bring your own set of skills to the role and tell us about the potential that you hold.  

The Thurston County Public Works Department, located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community. Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business. We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  
Mission – to provide excellent public services in all areas of our business.
Vision – The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.  
Inclusion, Equity and Diversity – Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. To us, inclusion means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values. Thurston County Racial Equity and Inclusion Webpage.

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit Benefits 2024 Thurston County Employee Benefit Plans website for more information.  
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paidholidays
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program that allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at




  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, botany, forestry, agriculture or a closely related field. Additional experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience related to public program and policy development or, related to the management of noxious weeds and/or invasive plant species or, in a closely related field specific to the position. Demonstrated competence in the principles and practices of public policy development and administration. Also must be able to demonstrate competency in supervising personnel involved in program implementation and in establishing and controlling budgets.
  • Current Washington State Driver’s License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
  • Ability to efficiently use a personal computer and applicable software to successfully perform the essential job functions of this position. 
  • Current Washington State Pesticide Consultant/Operator license with aquatic, right-of-way, and agricultural endorsements, within six months of hire.



Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of state and local policies and regulations related to noxious weed management, including Thurston County’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups regarding noxious weed management issues and best practices.
  • Ability to create innovative programs and projects in response to community needs.
  • Previous experience working closely with a Noxious Weed Control Board or other advisory committee.
  • Demonstrated competence in principles and practices of integrated vegetation management (IVM).
  • Demonstrated competency in supervising personnel involved in noxious weed program implementation and in establishing and controlling budgets. 


Other Position Related Information

Questions about this recruitment?
The contact person for this recruitment is Tim Wilson, Water Resources Manager, 360-786-5831.

This position is:

  • NOT represented by a union
  • NOT eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Eligible for benefits
Items required for consideration:
  • Application
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Supplemental Questions
Learn more about Thurston County at: Thurston County



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