Horticulturist II– Parks Department

Under minimal supervision of a Parks Director, leads, coordinates, inspects, and participates a wide variety of duties as assigned in designing, maintaining and overall appearance of seasonal beds. These areas included, but not limited to, 13 current park facilities, The Thread, Sweetland Amphitheater and other recreational or landscaped areas.

The Horticulturist is an advanced skill level in the Parks Department. The Horticulturist III will serve as a working lead in the selection of seasonal bed design, plant selection, ongoing care, and will perform all necessary work, while practicing sustainable methods with an environmental care approach to this work. These seasonal beds are often in high profile and/or Gateway areas to the City of LaGrange.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

The following examples of duties are typically performed by someone in this position. No attempt is made to be exhaustive in this listing.

  • Overall knowledge of City properties, locations and concept of visual aesthetics.
  • Oversee all bed design, selection of plant material, and ongoing maintenance of these beds.
  • Perform the chemical application (fertilizing, fungicide and insecticide) duties.
  • Perform the weed control and mulching of the beds.
  • Operate a variety of hand and power tools, such as hand mowers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, long-handled clippers and similar tools, weed eaters, rakes, shovels, hoes, brooms and other maintenance tools.
  • Operate a variety of light duty motorized equipment, including pickup trucks and utility vehicles.
  • Monitor irrigation systems that impact beds. Monitor weather and all environmental conditions affecting beds.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to work performed. IE; chemical use, and plant list inventories.
  • Read maps and interpret plans, specifications, and be current with plant material.
  • Estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned.
  • If department expands in the future, train other assigned employees in their areas of work, including, horticultural methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Coordinate all plantings with Parks Director and/or Parks Superintendent.
  • Always perform work with an environmentally sustainable and friendly approach.
  • Creative visual aptitude is necessary. Low use water plants, pollinator beds, heat tolerance, cold tolerance, high traffic & heavy pollution, designing beds that have an interactive function are all some of the concepts that could be implemented.
  • Trash removal in and around beds.
  • Position will have a great deal of public interaction. Assume you will engage with people asking questions about what you are doing. Good communication skills required.
  • Perform related duties and special projects as assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

Work is usually performed in an outdoor field environment. This results in exposure to noise, dust, chemicals, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, mechanical and electrical hazards, hazardous traffic and all types of weather/temperature conditions. Work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery and uneven surfaces as well as rough terrain is common. Ability to work in inclement weather of all kinds including heat, rain, snow and cold.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment such as walk, stand and sit for prolonged periods of time, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp and make repetitive hand movement. The performance of daily duties may require to climb on ladders, to operate assigned equipment and vehicles, to lift, carry, push and/or push moderate to heavy amounts of weight and verbally communicate to exchange information.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the safe operation and maintenance of assigned equipment.
  • Knowledge of, or ability to learn the geography of the City.
  • Skill in the operation of hand and some power tools.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to interact effectively and courteously with the public, coworkers and vendors.
  • Ability to take coaching, instruction, and feedback with a cooperative and positive attitude.
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather.
  • Ability to use time management skills.
  • Exercise independent judgement and initiative without close supervision.

DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Five years’ experience in working with trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and an eye for detail.

NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS

  • Degree in Horticulture, Landscape Design, Nursery, Environmental Science or other horticulture related field of study.
  • Demonstrate continuing education or current knowledge within this skill set.
  • Experience in creating seasonal beds, pots and planters. Experience in all aspects of proper plant care.
  • Must be capable of performing the necessary functions of the job.

General Online Application

If you have any additional questions please email or call Human Resources: +1 706 883 2037, hr@lagrangega.org