Under immediate supervision, is responsible for performing skilled work in planting, fertilizing and cultivating trees, lawns and shrubs and performing general grounds maintenance work involving the operation and maintenance of grounds equipment. May exercise technical supervision over assigned staff.
Essential Job Functions:
Prepares ground for planting and participates in planting, cultivating, fertilizing, watering, and pruning flowers, shrubs, and trees.
Geminates and propagates flowering plants and waters and cares for
plants in open beds.
Transplants decorative plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees.
Plants special flower designs and beds.
Fertilizes and conditions soil for different types of flowers and plants; watches for pest, diseases or other deteriorating agents; and takes necessary steps for their eradication.
Applies herbicides and insecticides under the direction of a licensed applicator.
Mows and edges grass.
Picks up trash and cleans sidewalks on a daily basis and during special functions.
Maintains indoor tropical plants and is responsible for their watering, insect control, and fertilizing.
Assists in plant displays.
Prepares bed for planting flowers and shrubs.
May deliver and operate equipment for planting and cleaning purposes.
Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.
Formal or informal training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.
One (1) year of experience planting, fertilizing and cultivating trees, lawns and shrubs and performing general grounds maintenance work involving the operation and maintenance of grounds equipment.
Valid Class 'C' Texas Driver's License.
At the Department's Discretion, the Work Location and Days/Hours may be Subject to Change. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS :
Physical requirements include frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling of 50 pounds.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of standard practices, materials, methods, and tools of planting, fertilizing and cultivating trees, lawns and shrubs and performing general grounds maintenance work.
Knowledge of tropical plants and their watering and fertilizing needs.
Knowledge of herbicide and insecticide applications.
Knowledge of appropriate safety precautions for using gardening
Skill in operating and utilizing all types of gardening hand tools.
Ability to coordinate the work of a small number of helpers.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public.
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Ability to perform all the physical requirements of the position.
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