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Horticulture Specialist

Company: City of O'Fallon
Location: O Fallon
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

This position is responsible for supervising and participating in the grounds care and installation of landscaping on municipal properties.MAJOR DUTIES Performs and supervises horticulture practices related to the cultivation of flowers, shrubs, trees and turf, including pruning, planting, fertilization, integrated pest management, and irrigation. Prepares and maintains municipal grounds through the planting and cultivation of flowers, trees, shrubs and turf to provide aesthetically pleasing landscapes throughout the City. Participates in the design, and supervises the installation and maintenance of landscape beds. Assists and performs in greenhouse operations and landscape plant production. Identifies diseases and insects; implements an integrated pest management program. Identifies plant nutrition disorders and develops an agronomical sound nutrition program. Assesses, operates, schedules, and services irrigation systems. Assists in training staff. Enforces safety policies and procedures. Operates assigned vehicles, equipment and hand and power tools. Assists and supervises the work of seasonal and temporary employees, and volunteers. Assists in the preparation for festivals and special events. Required to work irregular hours. Assists in snow removal Provides input on budget for upcoming projects, existing maintenance and equipment. Performs related duties.KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION Knowledge of landscape management principles. Knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance procedures. Knowledge of relevant horticulture principles and practices. Knowledge of irrigation maintenance and operation. Knowledge of irrigation scheduling to meet the needs of the plant; lawn, flowers, shrubs, the O'Fallon MO climate and seasonal changes. Skill in the design and installation of landscape beds. Skill in the operation of assigned tools and equipment. Skill in interpersonal relations.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of an Associate's Degree in horticulture. Three to five years' experience in grounds care, greenhouse operation and plant production. Supervisory experience in the field. Three to five years' experience with fertilizers, pest control, and irrigation systems. Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years of experience or service. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Missouri for the type of vehicle or equipment operated (class A CDL).

Keywords: City of O'Fallon, O'Fallon , Horticulture Specialist, Other , O Fallon, Missouri

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