Horticultural Specialist

Appalachian State University

North Carolina , North Carolina

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from high school and some experience in horticultural work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Note. This is a generalized representation of positions in this class and is not intended to identify essential functions per ADA.

Examples of work are primarily essential functions of the majority of positions, but may not be applicable to all positions.

License/Certification Required
North Carolina Pesticide License may be required and can be obtained within six (6) months of employment.

Must possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License or must be able to obtain one within six (6) months of employment.

Essential Job Functions
The objective of the department is to maintain and improve the safety and aesthetics of Appalachian State University landscape.

Responsible for all aspects associated with safely and intensively maintaining the assigned landscape zone using current industry standards, and making improvements in the zone when funding allows.

Position will function as a grounds worker to maintain the intensively landscaped area located on AppState campus. Function as a grounds worker involving machine operations, snow removal, chemical applications and all other aspects involved with landscape maintenance on a large university campus. Lawn mower operation on steep slopes, lawn establishment and repair, transplanting and care of shrubs, trees, flowers, etc. Assist with snow removal operating small tractors with blades and spreaders, shoveling, etc. Assist Grounds Technician with scheduling employees in the performance of general landscape maintenance. Responsible for making minor repairs, greasing, checking fluid levels on the tools and equipment used in the normal course of landscape maintenance responsibilities.

Additional activities include: removal of debris daily, weeding, edging, leaf removal, mulching, (pruning perennials, shrubs and trees), tree removal, plant installation, reading landscape plans, mowing, street sweeping, pot hole repair, assisting other zones and departments, performing special work order request, occasional paper work, communicating issues with supervisor, snow removal using all means possible (shovel, ice melt, gator, snow blower, tractor, skid steer, and truck).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

• Considerable knowledge of current horticultural practices including turf, chemical applications, and snow removal operations.

• Must be able to follow safety guidelines (wear PPE when necessary).

• Possess some computer knowledge and have the ability to use the; internet, e-mail, Microsoft Word and Excel.

• The possession of good written and oral communication skills is a must for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

Associates in Science in Horticulture, or equivalent from an accredited University.

Five or more years’ experience in commercial landscaping.