Horticultural Specialist

North Carolina State University

Raleigh , North Carolina

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The 900+ positions of the Facilities Division service the students and staff of the University’s teaching, research/administrative space and 2,240 acres of infrastructure. The Facilities Division provides design and building services, maintenance, custodial, landscape, solid waste removal, utility, mail, and motor pool services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The goal is to deliver cost effective services to the University, ensure completed projects and maintenance that conform to codes and regulations, while minimizing University liabilities and disruptions caused by the maintenance, repair, building, and equipment modifications to the University.

The Grounds and Fleet Services unit provides campus wide programs, services, and support including 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 hands-on technical expertise and instruction in applied horticultural sciences to improve the care and culture of the diverse plant life within the NC State University campus. This position is required to apply sound horticultural practices and integrated pest management procedures on the Centennial campus and serve as an area plant care expert. The Horticultural Specialist will ensure that all service agreements with plant maintenance responsibilities are met according to the contracts with our campus customers. (i.e. – fertilization, maintenance, pruning and soil testing). The position fields evaluations of plant conditions and makes recommendations to the supervisor for improvement, monitors and identifies diseased plants, as well as analyzes the results of testing and corrects the problem. The Horticultural Specialist will act as a liaison for Grounds Management with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to find solutions to any unknown plant problems. Position prepares detailed monthly reports to management on grounds activities and makes recommendations for plant needs. This position acts as a training resource, based on knowledge and experience in different aspects of plant care for the Grounds Maintenance staff. Additionally, the position will be required to troubleshoot irrigation issues and maintenance concerns.

Other Work/Responsibilities

  • Position serves in a critical role requiring the employee to potentially work during adverse weather conditions even if the University is closed to normal operations.
  • Aid in snow removal as directed by supervisors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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 effectively communicate verbally with supervisors and the general public.
  • Position should be able to understand verbal and written instructions regarding work assignments and other matters.
  • Position serves in a critical role requiring the employee to potentially work during adverse weather conditions even if the University is closed to normal operations.
  • Lift up to 60 lbs.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • A high level of applicable horticultural care and maintenance with some irrigation knowledge.
  • Three to five years grounds maintenance and/or arboriculture experience.

Required License or Certification

  • Valid Driver’s License Required.
  • North Carolina Driver’s License required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
  • North Carolina Pesticide License required within 6 months of completion of probationary period and must be maintained throughout employment.