City of Seattle - Seattle, WA

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Work in the Street Use and Urban Forestry Division of the Seattle Department of Transportation performing skilled and complex work in propagation, planting, soil preparation, pruning, fertilizing, weeding, and caring for annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and turf areas within the city of Seattle. This position reports to the Landscape Supervisor.

Job Responsibilities:

The gardener teams with other gardeners in close proximity to the public, performing work in SDOT landscapes located within the right-of-way (ROW). Work independently and occasionally lead small crews of intermittent and regular laborers and assistant gardeners. Evaluate conditions and situations in the field and take appropriate action without direct supervision on a regular basis. Utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in order to control invasive and noxious weeds. Operate and perform minor maintenance of small hand and power tools such as hedge trimmers, string trimmers, edgers, mowers, and chainsaws. Plant, transplant, weed, prune, and care for annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and turf areas. Maintain landscaped areas along high-volume transportation corridors where traffic control measures are required to protect the safety of the work crew and the public. Estimate, plan, and coordinate work for safety and efficiency. Prescribe and oversee the management of traffic control set-ups as well as the transport of materials and equipment to and from worksites. Implement projects to install new or renovate existing landscaped areas based on work instructions and project plans. Responsible for the proper use of safety gear and work practices to ensure safety for all work activities including work in highly urban areas where it is common to encounter refuse for which specific safety measures, handling, and disposal techniques are required. Communicate effectively with the public and with community groups and oversee volunteer-supported efforts. Current hours of operation are 6:00 am to 4:30 pm including mandatory response to emergency calls at off hours both day and night and availability for overtime on weekend days. Respond to emergencies in the ROW involving vegetation and landslides. Support department goals in promoting diversity, race, and social justice in a multicultural workforce and customer base.


Education/Experience :
Two years work experience in landscape construction or maintenance or in the propagation and maintenance of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees at a conservatory, greenhouse, or nursery. Ability to effectively work in a multicultural workplace with a diverse customer base.

Certifications/Licenses :
Driver License or equivalent mobility. WA State Public Pesticide operator's license and Flagger Certification are required within one year of appointment. Required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time in all types of weather conditions and in areas exposed to high vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Requires the ability to properly lift loads up to 50 pounds and to perform tasks that require manual dexterity, and handling or working with toxic/hazardous substances. A complete driving record may be required and must be submitted on request; additionally, a background check and pre-employment physical may be required.

Additional Information:

Desired Qualifications :
  • One year lead/supervisory experience and training overseeing maintenance of landscaped areas along high volume transportation corridors or similar sites where pedestrian and traffic control measures are required for work operations;
  • Six months experience operating commercial riding mowers;
  • One year experience in the prescription and implementation of Integrated Pest Management strategies for the management of invasive weed species and other pests specific to Pacific NW plant materials;
  • One year experience in the interpretation of work instructions including landscaping plans;
  • Class B CDL with tanker endorsement and airbrake restriction removed;
  • ISA Certified Arborist. WSNLA CPH (Certified Professional Horticulturalist);
  • Multilingual ability a plus.
Note: Job offer is contingent upon verification and successful completion of a criminal history background check and driving history review. Additionally, a pre-placement medical exam may be required. To learn more about Seattle Department of Transportation, check out our webpage .

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