|Performs skilled work in the preparation, cultivation and care of the grounds and of various types of flowers, ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees at H.P. Leu Gardens or the City Nursery. The employee propagates, arranges, and prunes plants; prepares soils and bedding for planting; prepares and dispenses plant and lawn care chemicals; and assists the public with horticulture, floriculture, agriculture, and entomology related problems. Work is performed outdoors and employee may be subject to unfavorable weather conditions and insects. Work is performed under direct supervision and is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observations, discussions, and
|Propagates plants from seeds, cuttings, layering, and grafting; maintains propagation and step-up logs.
Arranges collections for effective display by removing substandard plants and planting new ones as needed.
Prepares soils with appropriate nutrients and fills beds for planting; assists in soil testing.
Prepares and dispenses fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides to enhance development and destroy undesirable growth and pests.
Prunes plants and trims shrubs to enhance development which involves reaching, kneeling, crawling, bending, and stooping.
Reads and interprets sensing indicators and regulates humidity, ventilation, and other environmental conditions in the greenhouses.
Conducts tour for visitors through the conservatory, greenhouses, and garden.
Examines lawn problems and makes recommendations for control of diseases, insects, and other garden pests; advises lower level employees on proper care, conditioning, and maintenance of grounds.
Participates in the identification, mapping, and labeling of shrubs, plants, flowers, trees, and seed material in the greenhouse and garden.
Assists public with horticulture, floriculture, agriculture, and entomology related problems through personal contact or in writing.
Compiles information and may write articles for newsletter.
Performs related duties as assigned.
|Some knowledge of modern practices and principles of horticulture, floriculture, agronomy and related fields.
Some knowledge of insects, parasites, diseases and other infestations which affect trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and grass and the composition and application of insecticides, fungicide and disinfectants for proper control.
Some knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work.
Some knowledge of plant biology and the common and botanical names of local trees, plants and flowers.
Some knowledge of irrigation systems and turf management.
Some knowledge of the American Association for Nursery workers (AAN) standards and guidelines for trimming, deadwooding, removal, planting and staking.
Skill in the proper use and safe operation of various hand and power operated tools utilized in all phases of horticulture work.
Ability to lift 40 lb. bags of fertilizer and plants.
Ability to reach, bend, stoop, crawl and kneel.
Ability to operate a pick-up truck, 5 yd. Dump truck, bobcat front end loader.
Ability to read and understand chemical and fertilizer labels and to apply or explain proper mixture and application procedures.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public as necessitated by the work.
|Associate's degree in horticulture or related field; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Positions in Parks require a Commercial Drivers' License. (Positions at Leu Gardens do not require a license)|