The position announcement for the new Yamhill County Vegetation Management Supervisor has come out. Unfortunately I didn't catch it right away, and it closes soon, on March 30, at 3:00 pm. It can be accessed on the Yamhill County website at: Job Opportunities | Sorted by Job Title ascending | Career Opportunties (governmentjobs.com).
When accessing the job announcement, click on the job title and go to the end of the page and click on “Program Supervisor – Vegetation Management Supervisor” to find the job duties and qualifications. Since it is a bit of a labyrinth to access from the Yamhill County website, the pertinent information is also attached here.
This new position is quite different from the previous vegetation management position at Yamhill County Public Works. The major focus has changed from controlling invasive plants only to include designing and installing revegetation projects for controlling erosion and improving water quality, using native plants wherever possible. The job now involves supervising other employees, including the two GIS Interns who are hired each year from April or May through July to work on the Roadside Vegetation Inventory, collecting data and managing the database in ArcGIS. Over the six years that I have worked as a volunteer to develop the Roadside Vegetation Inventory, all the County roads have been mapped for native plants, invasive plants and erosion. Public Works has established more Special Maintenance Zones for protecting native plants (such as Kincaid's lupine and showy milkweed) and planted several restoration projects with native Willamette Valley prairie plants, all of which need to be monitored and maintained. There is so much more that can be done to "use well-adapted, low-maintenance native plant to provide the benefits of limiting storm water runoff, reducing soil erosion and water pollution, providing habitat, and resisting weed invasion" and to "maintain the unique native plant communities in the roadside landscape that provide a regional identity and natural beauty" -- part of the goals in the Yamhill County Roadside Vegetation Management Plan (updated October 2022).