Horticultural Specialist

North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina
Job Type Full Time

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Grounds and Fleet Services Unit provides campus wide programs and services and support for the University’s 2000+ acres of campus landscape, 14.6 million square feet of buildings and the 33,000 students and 7500 faculty and staff that make up the campus population. These programs and services include landscape construction and maintenance, comprehensive waste and recycling programs and services and management of the University’s auto shop and motor fleet. Revenue supported programs and services are provided to Transportation, Housing, Dining, Athletics, Campus Recreation and individual colleges and departments.

Essential Job Duties
The primary purpose of the position is to provide grounds maintenance services for Grounds Management. The Grounds Maintenance Technician (GMT) serves as a member of a grounds maintenance crew providing high level management and aesthetic quality to the landscape on campus within a designated campus zone. This position also assists with the annual and perennial planting activities, mulching, weeding, debris removal, bed preparation, pruning and sanitation. Additionally, the GMT may assist with turf related tasks such as mowing, blowing, edging, trimming. The GMT serves as a member of the annual mulching team and provides support for the annual leaf collection crew and inclement weather response.

Employees in this position will need to obtain a Storm Water Certification to monitor and maintain function of Storm Water Control Measure devises used on the job. The Storm Water Certification is needed to correctly monitor and maintain function of each device. These devices include: wet and dry retention ponds, bio-retention areas, grassed swales, constructed wetlands, permeable pavement, open channels, green roofs, rain water harvesting systems, sand filters, proprietary devices including a high and moderate risk dam and level spreaders. Maintenance includes hydrologic and water quality function, landscape functions, and consideration of impacts on human health and safety. They require regular monthly and sometimes more frequent, inspection and maintenance to perform and operate as intended, otherwise failure occurs impacting the direct and indirect environment. Also consider the cost of renewal, fines, etc. . Results of incorrect practices could result in costly repairs, replacements or failures as well as impact to water quality for wildlife and environment.

Other Work/Responsibilities
Position serves in a critical role and is essential to the operations of the University. May be required to work during adverse weather conditions and work even if the University closes. Use snow/ice removal equipment to aid in snow removal as directed by supervisors.

Minimum Experience/Education
High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Special Qualifications: North Carolina Pesticide License may be required and can be obtained within six months of employment; North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License may be required.

Departmental Required Skills

  • Must be able to verbally communicate effectively with supervisors and the general public and understand verbal and written instructions and other communications regarding work assignments and other matters.
  • Experience with landscaping and grounds maintenance.
  • Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds frequently and up to 90 pounds occasionally.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Three to five years of experience in grounds maintenance. Knowledge of plant care and light equipment repair and maintenance.
  • Prefer North Carolina pesticide license.
  • Prefer Storm Water Certification

Required License or Certification

  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • North Carolina driver’s license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.


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Category Horticulture