Horticultural Attendant

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Job Type Full Time

Pay Grade:

Perform labor to maintain ground. Ability to operate hand and power equipment. Some plant ID knowledge, chemical application. Pruning, equipment maintenance, raking, litter pickup. Working in adverse weather, overtime work, and weekend work. Equipment may include: riding and push mower, string trimmer, blower, back pack blower and sprayer, tractor, ZTR, hedger, edger, chain saw. Storm debris cleanup, drain cleaning, laying sod, weed removal, mulching, digging, signs and other items, painting, pressure washing, and planting

Job Duties:

  • 50%- Operation of power riding mower (25HP or less), trimmer, edger, blower, hedger, etc. to maintain grounds, sidewalks, plazas, building entrances, canals, building perimeters, tree perimeters, road sides, etc. in a neat, clean, and safe condition. Support arboriculture service with labor to chip limbs, haul debris, perform light chain saw work, pruning, chemical spraying, etc.
  • 25%- Apply chemicals to control weeds, control pests, fertilize and amend soils, apply mulch to beds and under tree canopies, perform weed removal, assist with ornamental and flower planting, litter removal, Jitter container servicing for cleanliness, cigarette butt removal, etc. Maintain interior plants to include watering, pruning, fertilizing, relocation, rotating, cleaning, treatment for disease and insects.
  • 10%- Assist with irrigation work, digging, grading, drain basin cleaning, concrete repair labor as needed
  • 10%- Perform inspections on mobile equipment and vehicles. Change blades and tires as necessary on mowers, keep some records. Assist with preventative maintenance as required. Work special events (athletic, fraternity, public, etc.) to assist with litter control and related cleanup.
  • 5%- Perform related work as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

One year of experience in any of the following: farming, the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs, or groundskeeping.

College training will substitute for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience provided that six semester hours of each thirty is in any of the following fields: botany, agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, agronomy, forestry, turf management, landscape management or landscape architecture.

Vocational training in the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs will substitute for the required experience on a month for month basis.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma

Special or Physical Qualifications:

Due to the nature of this position and/or position responsibilities this position shall be subject to drug/alcohol testing in accordance with University Policy Statement 67.
In accordance with PS-18 this position maybe required to report or stay on campus in the event of emergency or closure.
Ability to work in all weather conditions. Overtime and Weekend Work. Ability to lift 50 pounds. Climb ladders. Ability to stoop, kneel, and bend for extended periods.


Valid Louisiana Class E License


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Category Horticulture