Horticulturist

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SUMMARY: Under general direction, performs duties associated with designing, renovating and maintaining City landscapes; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics). This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:(which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Plans, organizes and controls the work of assigned employees. Counsels employees on job performance.
  2. Directs the care and maintenance of soccer and baseball fields within the City.
  3. Directs the application of pesticides used on City grounds.
  4. Analyzes City landscape sites to determine culture needed to maintain the landscape or correct problems.
  5. Designs new landscape areas or changes to existing landscape areas.
  6. Analyzes landscape problems and determines workable solution(s).
  7. Inspects and prepares report on landscape activity within the City.
  8. Prepares product specifications and requisitions for pesticides, chemicals, plant materials, fertilizers and other supplies required to accomplish objective.
  9. Coordinates large landscape projects ensuring materials, labor and equipment are available and on-site as scheduled.
  10. Responds to questions or complaints from the general public regarding City landscapes.
  11. Investigates prospective problems with insects, diseases or other maladies that affect plants, grass, trees and shrubs. Takes action or recommends a course of action to correct problem.
  12. Oversees the work of contractors to ensure work is performed as specified in the contract.
  13. Develops and recommends fertilizer program for parks, athletic fields, ornamental plants, and flowers.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of tools and equipment used in landscape design and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, and standards governing area of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of the proper methods for applying pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Knowledge of theories, practices and principles of Botany, Ornamental Horticulture and/or Entomology.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of time management principles and techniques.
  • Skill in using equipment such as chemical sprayer, tractor, mower, verticutter, aerifier, sod cutter, truck, weed eater, trailer, roller, power fertilizer spreader.
  • Skill in identifying unsafe conditions and taking corrective action.
  • Skill in troubleshooting and assessing problems and determining most effective corrective action.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with others both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in dealing effectively with the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is normally performed in an outdoor setting with exposure to weather conditions. Work involves frequent need to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and occasional need to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms and lift light objects (up to 10 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Botany, Ornamental Horticulture, or Entomology and three (3) years of experience as a Horticulturist, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A Restricted Chemical Spray License and valid State of Florida Driver’s License are required.
FLSA Code: E B/U: PMSA Last Revision date: October 2001
 
Overtime: No
 
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