Landscape Gardener/Horticulturalist

City of Glendale

Glendale,  Arizona

Maintains healthy and attractive lawns, gardens, flower beds, grounds and sports fields. Performs skilled maintenance work in repairing and trouble-shooting irrigation systems.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs a variety of landscape activities including planting, or transplanting flowers, ground covers, shrubs, and trees.
  • Provides estimates and scope for appropriate materials and supplies of specific project(s).
  • Inspects existing flowers, plants, trees and bushes and determines if they are appropriately placed, healthy and insect free.
  • Determines and selects the best plants, flowers, bushes and trees for the appropriate location and desert region.
  • Inspects and/or installs sprinkler and bubbler systems to provide optimum benefit and reduced waste.
  • Performs pruning of tree and shrubs.
  • Evaluates the need for changes in design and horticultural practice in accordance with current uses and conditions.
  • Prescribes fertilizers, herbicides and other inorganic or organic compounds required for plant development and care.
  • Responsible for turf management.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications & Special Requirements:
Three years of experience in the field of horticulture, forestry, landscape, or nursery experience with emphasis in desert plants, and experience in repairing, installing & maintaining irrigation systems.

Knowledge of:

  • Plant selection, propagation, and plant health diagnosis and care
  • The classification of and the peculiar requirements of desert and sub-tropical plants
  • Flood irrigation system and other system maintenance and operations
  • Herbicide management and application procedures
  • Landscape and irrigation system installation and repairs
  • Current and newly developed horticultural techniques and equipment
  • Rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to area of assignment
  • Materials, tools, equipment, safety hazards and precautions common to the assigned area of responsibility
  • Lead supervisory skills
  • Effective customer service skills

Ability to:

  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements
  • Read blue prints and site drawings
  • Review landscape plans and designs
  • Perform manual labor in various weather conditions and lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds of various materials
  • Make assignments, instruct, and lead the work of subordinate employees
  • Deal courteously with the public and answer citizen questions
  • Operate City vehicles safely
  • Determine what equipment, tools, manpower and materials will be needed to complete assigned projects
  • Operate light, medium, and heavy equipment; perform maintenance and minor repairs on it

Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Special Requirements:

  • Arizona Driver's License.
  • Turf and Ornamental Herbicide Applicator License with Arizona Department of Ag. Office of Pest Management within 1 year of employment.
  • Traffic Control Technician certification within 180 days of employment
  • Sports Turf Management Certification (preferred).
  • Arborist Certification or Tree Worker Certification (preferred).
  • Arizona Nursery Association Certification or Master Gardener (preferred).
  • Applicants will be required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing throughout their period of employment in accordance with the City of Glendale Substance Abuse policy.

Working Conditions:
Exposure to heavy traffic, hot weather, insects, hazardous materials, pesticides and herbicides, and gases.

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