Pest Control Specialist

City of Huntington Beach




The City is seeking an experienced Pest Control Specialist who, under general supervision, applies chemicals, herbicides, insecticides and various pesticides to trees, shrubs, grass and a variety of plants and soils in and around City properties and facilities.  This position requires a California Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator License (QAL).  Applications will be accepted from applicants that currently possess a license from the Structural Pest Control Board. The selected incumbent must possess or be able to obtain a QAC or QAL within six (6) months of appointment.


Reports to:  Landscape Supervisor

Differs from Maintenance Service Worker in that Pest Control Specialist performs landscape duties specific to the eradication of pests while Maintenance Service Worker performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance of City parks, roadways and other public areas.




  • Inspects trees, shrubs, grass, rights of way and other vegetation, aquatics, and structures for evidence of disease or presence of harmful pests by using visual aids, field observations and history records
  • Monitors pest ecosystems for the presence of pest species, natural pest predators, and conditions that may contribute to pest problems
  • Evaluates pest problems by locating and identifying pests and determines most effective and safest method for control of problems 
  • Applies herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals safely
  • Mixes and loads chemicals according to labels and laws to be used for proper applications
  • Utilizes traps, chemical and non-chemical methods to manage pests
  • Maintains daily work records of work performed, and details of where, when and which chemicals were used 
  • Operates and maintains specialized equipment including but not limited to sprayers of various types, and/or large capacity truck sprayer for surface areas
  • Maintains equipment by determining problems and making proper repairs 
  • Requisitions and evaluates needed supplies and keeps records of chemicals used
  • Recommends spray control operations
  • Performs a variety of duties in supporting landscape, parks and trees in maintenance operations
  • Provides division wide support by working with other departments as needed
  • Reports to work as scheduled and works various hours, including nights and weekends as deemed necessary by manager/supervisor to conform with changing priorities and meet deadlines; maintains regular and consistent attendance record
  • Performs other related work as assigned


Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying.  A typical combination includes:  

Knowledge of:   
- Laws, regulations, and basic principles of safe and effective pesticide use governing the management and eradication of pests affecting landscape and other environments
- Pest identification and control methods
- Proper application and use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers
- Use, care, and hazards of various equipment specific to pest infestation management techniques, including but not limited to  200 and 50 gallon spray rigs, pressure spray guns, hand wands, probes, and landscape and hand tools
- Basic practices of landscape maintenance

Ability to: 
- Apply herbicides and pesticides according to established procedures and regulations
- Utilize equipment and tools for applying herbicides and pesticides in a safe and effective manner
- Read and interpret federal, state and county laws and regulations regarding chemicals and safety data 
- Read and interpret oral and written instructions 
- Follow Department procedures and regulations 
- Work independently and as a team member 
- Operate right-hand drive vehicle while spraying weeds on roadside
- Follow safety practices and recognize hazards
- Maintain accurate records
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Establish and maintain cooperative professional work relationships with those contacted in the course of work
- Meet work deadlines
- Report to work as scheduled and provide regular and predictable onsite attendance

Education:   High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Three years' landscape experience including two years' experience as a professional pest control provider.

Certifications/License:   A valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment and during course of employment
California Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator License (QAL) including one or more of the following categories:  Residential, Industrial and Institutional, Landscape Maintenance, Rights of Way, Forest, Aquatic, and Wood Preservation


Applications will be accepted from applicants that currently possess a license from the Structural Pest Control Board. The selected incumbent must possess or be able to obtain a QAC or QAL within six (6) months of appointment.

Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.

  • An official City of Huntington Beach online job application must be filled out in its entirety.
  • Applications will be closely reviewed for relevant experience, education and training.
  • Depending upon the applicant pool, all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will NOT necessarily be selected to participate in the hiring process.
  • Applicants whose qualifications BEST meet the City's needs will be invited to participate in a qualifications assessment, which will include a written exam (weighted 50%).
  • Candidates successful at obtaining a passing score on the written exam will be invited to an oral board exam (weighted 50%).
  • Candidates successful at obtaining a passing score on the oral board exam will be placed on the employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The employment eligible list may be valid for one year, unless exhausted sooner.
  • Upon a conditional offer of employment a pre-placement medical evaluation, drug screen (select positions), TB screening and California Department of Justice (DOJ) Live Scan fingerprinting must be completed with acceptable results. Other background reports may also be conducted depending on the position.
  • Upon hire, employee is subject to further reporting from DOJ via subsequent arrest notification.
  • IMPORTANT: In-house candidates who did not apply by the closing date of the promotional recruitment may apply to this "open" recruitment. However, they will compete based on the standards established for the "open" recruitment and if successful, will place on the "open" eligible list.

Please Note: Our primary means of communication with applicants is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application.