|Performs specialized work in the care of various plants, trees, and shrubs at the City nursery, and landscaping of City Parks and other public properties. An employee in a position allocated to this class is responsible for the planting, cultivating, fertilizing and maintaining of trees, plants, shrubs and related foliage/plants for beautification of City parks and properties. The work includes the careful transplanting, fertilizing, and irrigation of newly grown plants; the identification and labeling of cultivated plants. Work includes exposure to insects, chemicals, and outdoor weather conditions. General instructions are received from a technical superior, but the employee performs duties with latitude for the use of independent judgment in the selection of work methods and procedures.|
|Lays outs, plants, trims, weeds, fertilizes and applies mulch to flower and landscape beds which involves bending, stooping, crawling, and reaching over head.
Records all outgoing materials and submits periodic reports relative to use of nursery items; keeps inventories current.
Instructs volunteers in horticulture techniques and methods.
Loads materials on trucks; drives pick up truck to obtain supplies from vendors.
Operates equipment used in horticulture such as rototillers, sod cutters, chainsaws, blowers, edgers, trimmers, etc., which involves pushing, digging, and reaching over head.
May operate front end loader depending on area of assignment.
Performs other related work as assigned.
|Knowledge of the varieties of flowers and plants commonly used in landscaping in Florida, and of their soil and moisture requirements.
Knowledge of fertilizers and soils; and skill in their application and preparation.
Skill in the use of equipment used in propagation, cultivating and transplanting of plants.
Ability to maneuver equipment between plants without causing damage.
Ability to detect and diagnose insect and plant disease problems.
Ability to plant materials in accordance to blueprints or sketched plans without damaging plants.
Ability to walk over uneven terrain and stand for extended periods of time.
Ability to lift 40 lbs.; ability to load/unload trucks with landscaping materials.
Ability to bend/stoop, push/pull and dig, kneel and crawl.
Ability to operate rototiller, sod cutter, chainsaw, blower, edger, and trimmers.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
|Ability to read, write, and follow directions and one (1) year of experience working in horticulture and with plant identification; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Possession of a Class "B" or Class "C" Commercial Drivers License, depending on Bureau of assignment. Employment with a Valid Driver License with the requirement to obtain required CDL within 60 days of employment may be authorized with approval of Bureau and Personnel Management.|