Spelman College - Atlanta, GA

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The Horticulturist position works under the direct supervision of the Lead Horticulturist. Responsibilities include the maintenance of College landscaping and grounds, design and selection of plant material, garbage and trash pickup and other tasks to maintain a safe and attractive environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
·Examine and police the College grounds on a routine basis;
·Use various power tools to maintain ornamental landscape plants to edge, trim, prune, shape plant material and blowers to maintain presentable and safe paved surfaces throughout campus and the outside perimeter;
·Utilize local horticultural practices and equipment needed for maintenance of turf areas including proper fertilization and IPM practices, mowing, edging, and trimming apparatus used in routine maintenance;
·Maintenance of ornamental landscaping including trees, shrubs, ground cover, annual bedding plants and container gardens including weeding, chemical applications to address disease and pest control, trimming, pruning and shaping of shrubs to maintain high quality presentations at all times;
·Participate in the design and selection of plant material;
·Assist with other campus maintenance activities including, but not limited to, removal and disposal of trash and debris, raking of leaves and grass; maintaining campus streets and parking lots – ensuring they are free of trash and debris; event preparations and breakdown;
·Ensure adherence to safety procedures and compliance with all regulations with regard to equipment and supplies to minimize personal and physical damage and liability to the College;
·Provide exemplary customer service to both internal and external customers.

Our ideal candidate profile will include:

An AA or technical training/certification in horticulture or closely related field is preferred. At least three years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience are required. High School Diploma or GED required.

Must have experience in any or all of the following: all aspects of turf maintenance, soil testing, chemical application, plant identification, arbor care, annual bedding plant installation/maintenance, container gardening, irrigation design/maintenance, IPM/pest and disease diagnosis, local horticultural practices, organic horticulture, best practices for landscape maintenance, and sustainability. Significant experience in the maintenance of trees, and ornamental shrubs, ground cover and turf including proper pruning, fertilization, and identification of pest and disease damage preferred.

This position requires excellent interpersonal skills; ability to interact in a diverse community and to adapt to changing situations. Good oral and written communication skills required, with the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine correspondence. Ability to speak effectively when interacting with the public and the entire Spelman Community.

The ability to utilize e-mail systems such as Lotus Notes or Outlook is a must. Basic computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel) are preferred.

Must have valid Georgia driver’s license. Georgia pesticide applicator’s license preferred, but not required. Proof of continuing education in the area of horticulture strongly desired.

This position may require driving.

Must be able to occasionally lift/or move up to 50 pounds.

Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test.

Must be able to provide documentation of AA degree, technical training/certification, High School Diploma or GED.


Spelman College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Spelman College is a private, historically African American college for women. The college enrolls some 2,200 students from more than 40...