Job Description

Payroll Title:
Facilities Management
Full Salary Range
$42,323.76 - $61,637.76/Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#112423 Pest Control Operator

Extended Deadline: Tue 2/8/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until filled. Initial application review date: 11/8/2021.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/27/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/5/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision, the Pest Control Operator will perform at the operational level of pest control work in the care of landscaped areas and related facilities. Job functions include, but are not limited to identifying and eradicating noxious animals, insects, plant diseases, and weed conditions for campus grounds. Select and mix sprays and chemicals and determine where to spray or place chemicals or traps, requiring a thorough knowledge of the areas to be treated, the characteristics and effects of a variety of poisons and sprays, and the living habits of the pests to be exterminated.

Spray ornamental plants for pests and apply fungicides where needed. May apply various types of herbicides to roads, walks, lawns, etc., to control weeds. Treat water areas for control of algae and mosquitoes. Trap noxious animals such as rats and mice. May be called on to recapture animals escaped from animal quarters. Maintain up-to- date knowledge of a wide variety of chemical agents and control techniques. May be responsible for ordering, preparing and storing chemicals used in pest control. Maintain pest control equipment.

  • May be required to work overtime as operationally necessary.

In addition to this vacancy, we are currently hiring an Integrated Pest Management Supervisor. If you are interested in both positions, we highly encourage you to submit your application to both. You can apply to our other opening here: #112428 Integrated Pest Management Supervisor.


  • One (1) year of experience in pest control work (must acquire license in pest control work by the California Department of Pesticide Regulations within 1 year of employment); and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Demonstrated experience in pest control to identify pest infestations in early stages.

  • Demonstrated experience using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Experience and knowledge of appropriate IPM control methods per species.

  • Proven knowledge of pest control laws and regulations regarding chemical application. Knowledge of toxic chemicals.

  • Skill to mix, load and apply category I, II, and III pesticides.

  • Demonstrated experience maintaining plant material with a solid understanding of their cultural requirements, pests and diseases. Proven ability to identify undesirable plant material.

  • Proven experience safely operating pest control equipment and tools. Skill to perform tasks using excellent safety practices. Skill to handle emergency situations, with knowledge of appropriate emergency departments and how to contact them.

  • Demonstrated knowledge to interpret and understand labels and MSD. Skill with mechanical equipment to know how to start and check for possible problems prior to starting. Mechanical knowledge to avoid damage to the equipment.

  • Proven ability to read, write and perform basic arithmetic/numerical calculations; skill to calibrate spray equipment.

  • Computer skills to manage work assignments, track schedules, check email, enter time and material data, complete and maintain records, prepare technical reports and write correspondence.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to interact effectively with all levels of management, clients, regulators, contractors, craft workers, public and peers. Proven ability to interact in a positive manner within a multi-cultural environment.

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities and ability to follow through and carry out assignments. Ability to understand and carry-out verbal and written instructions; problem solving skills and sound judgment.


  • Must acquire license in pest control work by the California Department of Pesticide Regulations within 1 year of employment: Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC). Higher license preferred.


  • DOJ/FBI background check clearances required prior to employment.

  • DMV driving record check clearance prior to employment. Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License. This position will participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

  • This position is subject to completion of a pre-placement medical exam provided by Employee Health Services, given at no charge to the applicant.

  • This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.

  • Must be physically able to perform all essential functions and be able to work alone. Must be able to perform heavy and physically demanding work for lengthy and continuous periods of time. This position will walk, lift, stoop, push and bend. Ability to carry a back pack sprayer weighing up to 25 pounds on the back. Must be able to maneuver 80 lbs. bags and containers on carts with additional help (2 or more people).

  • Must be able to wear a full-face air-purifying respirator and protective clothing for up to thirty minute intervals. May require use of respirator and protective clothing.

  • Must be able to work in areas of constant noise and loud noise. May be subject to work in extreme weather conditions including dusty, heat and moisture. Work is performed outdoors in extreme weather, and in dusty, dirty, smelly, noisy conditions.

  • This position may, at times, require the individual to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards include, but are not limited to: asbestos, PCB's radioactive materials, industrial and laboratory chemicals, fuels, solvents, infectious materials and wastes, biological hazards and other materials labeled hazardous.

  • Required to wear a clean uniform and appropriate footwear.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year)
c) Work/Life Balance
d) UC Retirement Plan
e) Pet insurance

For more information about UCSD Benefits please click here and visit UCSD Work/Life.

To calculate an approximate value of the UC Total Compensation package, please click here.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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