Horticultural Specialist

Appalachian State University

Various , 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
This position is 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.

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, pothole repair, assisting other zones and departments, performing special work order request, occasional paperwork, 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

  • Prefer an AAS or higher in Horticulture or an equivalent degree from an accredited University.
  • Possess current knowledge of proper landscape maintenance practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft programs, Arc GIS, and Adobe and the ability to use a computer (internet, email, Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe, Power point, etc).
  • Be familiar with Tree Campus USA and with the management of the Urban Forest; including maintaining a tree inventory.
  • Be a certified ISA arborist-climber, or be willing to attain the certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Supervisory experience is also a plus.