|Required to perform horticulture practices to maintain and care for the large collection of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, flowers, and ornamental plants. Such duties include planting , pruning, spraying for pests, applying fertilizers, mixing soils and identifying plant problems. Acts as lead worker to lower level employees engaged in plant and lawn care; and advises public on horticulture related inquiries. Work is performed outdoors and the employee is exposed to weather conditions and insects. Work is performed under moderate supervision and is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observations, discussions, and results obtained. Work is performed outdoors and the employee is exposed to weather conditions and insects. Work is performed under moderate supervision and is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observations, discussions, and results obtained.|
|Performs grafting, propagation, experimental and other work involving lawn, plant, tree, shrub, and flower development and growth.
Performs soil and water tests and monitors leaf texture and bloom development to determine nutrient and moisture requirements and to detect and identify germ and pest infestations; recommends correct insecticide and fungicide spray to control diseases and insects.
Mixes soils, fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and other chemicals and applies these materials to lawn and plant-life as needed.
Removes substandard plants to maintain quality control which involves bending, stooping, kneeling and crawling; prunes plants to enhance development which involves reaching over head, and arranges plants for display in a greenhouse or other horticultural projects which involves lifting and carrying.
Assists in the planning of plant growing schedules in order to maintain proper timing for plants and blooming of various types of flowers, ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees.
Identifies, maps, and labels shrubs, plants, flowers, trees, and seed material in the greenhouse and garden, maintains plant records, and recommends new plant introductions.
Acts as lead worker to lower level employees engaged in plant and lawn care; assigns workers to specific tasks and participates in the more difficult and complex tasks.
Advises public on horticulture, floriculture, agriculture, and entomology related problems; write articles for H.P. Leu Gardens newsletter.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
|Considerable knowledge of modern practices and principles of horticulture, arboriculture, agronomy and related fields.
Considerable 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 their control.
Some knowledge of irrigation systems and turf management.
Some knowledge of the American Association for Nursery Workers (AAN) standards and guidelines for trimming, dead wooding, 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 understand and follow oral and written instructions and communicate clearly and concisely.
Ability to detect tree and plant diseases and determine corrective measures.
Ability to operate pick up truck.
Ability to read and interpret landscape plans, to understand chemical and fertilizer labels and to apply or explain proper mixture and application procedures.
Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of a small group of subordinates.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public as necessitated by the work.
Ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time.
Ability to lift 50 pound bags of fertilizer, grass seed and mulch; ability to push a wheel barrel.
Ability to bend, stoop, reach over head, kneel, crawl, and dig.
Ability to perform heavy, strenuous manual labor, sometimes under unfavorable weather conditions and exposure to insects.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to speak before the groups.
|Associate's degree in horticulture or related field and one (1) year experience in horticulture or related field; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. A valid Florida Class D license is required. Florida Pesticide Application License required within 90 days of employment.
Revised: 2/7/92 - SV
9/30/94 - SV
10/1/96 - Note added
4/8/99 - License changed
6/13/02 - VCJ