Human Resource Services
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Vegetation and Litter Abatement Supervisor

Recruitment #23-9536-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.

All applicants for this position are required to hold and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Prior to the last day of filing for this recruitment, applicants are required to provide an official DMV printout showing the current status of their license at the time of application submission. Online records are not official documents. Candidates must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.  A clean driving record consists of no moving violations in the previous three years. 

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.
Applications and supplemental questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  



The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsible and effective services. Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections. 

The goal of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at

The Vegetation and Litter Abatement Supervisor, under general supervision, will assign vegetation and litter abatement tasks for rights-of-way, structures, and unincorporated areas; to determine the infestation level of invasive species and direct eradication operations; manage vegetation and litter abatement operations; and perform related work as required.

The Vegetation and Litter Abatement Supervisor is the first-line supervisor responsible for the Public Works Agency and Flood Control District’s Integrated Vegetation Management Program (IVM) along County rights-of-way (roads, flood control channels, transportation corridors, concrete islands, and vacant lots).  This class is also responsible for the management and operation of the litter abatement programs (Adopt-a-Spot, Adopt-a-Creek, Street Sweepers, and trash collection vehicles) in the same areas mentioned above. This class is distinguished from the next lower one of Vegetation Technician in that the latter class is the journey-level worker certified by the State of California to handle and apply the herbicides used in vegetation management, while the former class is the first-line supervisor with overall program responsibility and differing mandated license.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Vegetation and Litter Abatement Supervisor (#9536)



The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience as a Vegetation Technician in the Alameda County classified service.  


The equivalent of three (3) years of full-time experience as an Agricultural Pest Control Advisor in any of the following license categories: Plant Pathogens, Weeds, Defoliation, and/or Plant Growth Regulators. 


Possession of a valid Agricultural Pest Control Advisor’s license issued by the State of California showing qualifications in any of the following categories:  Plant Pathogens, Weeds, Defoliation or Plant Growth Regulators. This license applies to both Patterns I and II above.

License (required for all above patterns):

Throughout the duration of the assignment, possess and maintain a valid Agricultural Pest Control Advisor license issued by the State of California, Department of Pesticide Regulations with at least one of the categories Plant Pathogens, Weeds, Defoliation and/or Plant Growth Regulators or be able to obtain these categories within a one (1) year period. 

Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License.  Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing the current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three (3) year period.

Working Conditions:

Duties of this position require prolonged sitting and walking on flat and uneven surfaces such as on earthen dams and along flood control channels.  The incumbent daily drives for one-to-two-hour periods to reach work sites and is frequently in and out of the vehicle.  

Duties require working outdoors in all weather conditions; around loud noises and mechanical hazards such as chippers, chain saws, and treatment rigs; working around moving traffic and power lines along roadsides.  The incumbent is daily exposed to heavy dust and pollen and a variety of herbicides used in weed control; and may come into contact with poisonous plants, spiders, and snakes.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of supervision, leadership, and performance evaluation.
  • Vegetation identification and control methodology.
  • Safety procedures as they relate to mechanical, biological, and chemical weed control programs.
  • Federal, State, and local laws, and regulations relating to herbicide use, storage, and reporting.
  • Principles of Integrated Vegetation Management including biological, chemical, cultural, and physical pest control methods.
  • Basic principles of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Terminology, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in construction and maintenance operations.
  • Use and capacity of maintenance equipment, materials, and approaches utilized in public works.
  • Methods, procedures, materials, equipment, and associated safety practices used in vegetation management along flood channels and roadways.
  • Estimating, inspecting, planning, scheduling, and job control practices.
  • Microsoft Office and asset management systems.
  • Emergency response and operations including the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Various government codes and regulations, including Cal/OSHA regulations and practices.
Ability to:
  • Make decisions.
  • Plan and organize.
  • Set standards of performance in order to control and optimize the productivity of staff.
  • Estimate the staffing and equipment required in the category of work assigned.
  • Identify pest and non-target organisms.
  • Use various metrics, tools, and references for plant identification and monitoring purposes.
  • Writes reports, keeps records and special files, as necessary.
  • Read and interpret plans, blueprints, specifications, government regulations, and contract documents.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing computer applications and software at an intermediate level or higher for MS Office and other business-related applications.
  • Train subordinates in all phases of work and safety.
  • Supervise, motivate, and evaluate staff.
  • Keep abreast of changing technology, work methods, materials, and utilize new technologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner in written and verbal format.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective reading comprehension both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships in the performance of required duties.
  • Respond to emergency or disaster situations.
  • Implement preventative maintenance programs.
  • Operate a standard office computer to enter data, retrieve data, utilize spreadsheets, and other applications.



  1. Review of applicants' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to further verify knowledge, skill and ability.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

For more information on the Civil Service Selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,


Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

Deadline for Filing:               5:00:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2024
Review of Applications & Questionnaires for Minimum Qualifications:           TBD
Oral Examination: TBD
Department Selection Interview:   TBD
*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website:


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employees discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well-being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Childcare Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a county recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box and are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Analyst Email Address Link: ERIKA.BEAMS@ACGOV.ORG | Phone: 510-272-6393


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.