Horticulturist
City of Little Rock, AR - Little Rock, AR

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To maintain new and existing horticultural and landscaping projects within the City; to develop horticultural displays; to interpret plans and field changes for landscape design.

Essential Job Functions:

Supervises the routine horticulture, landscaping and maintenance activities at Parks and Recreation facilities. Develops methods and procedures for installing and maintaining horticultural and landscaping projects. Plans, evaluates, and directs horticultural and landscaping activities, including the selection of plants, seeds, chemicals, horticultural displays, materials and equipment. Consults with Parks Design personnel regarding field changes and the implementation of landscape designs. Diagnoses plant physiological problems caused by insects and diseases; develops and implements treatment plan. Prepares tentative annual horticulture operating budget figures and monitors expenditures to ensure compliance. Determines annual plant needs; purchases plants, fertilizers, chemicals and other supplies for specific projects. Provides support to the Adopt-A-Park program by meeting with interested individuals and groups, coordinating volunteer horticultural and landscape improvement activities and by soliciting funding, receiving donations, depositing monies, and maintaining records of monies received. Coordinates the seasonal Parks Pioneer Program; interviews, trains, hires, and conducts orientation for all seasonal Parks Pioneer employees; acts as liaison to outside groups, departments and agencies. Serves as back up in the absence of the Parks Maintenance Manager. Confers with Division personnel and other City departments to ensure the completion of horticulture projects within established time frames and specifications. Writes specifications for supplies, services, materials and equipment; contacts potential vendors to obtain price quotes; prepares cost estimates and purchase requisitions for accepted bids. Establishes and maintains a computerized filing and record-keeping system of chemical application records; provides assistance to staff with work order maintenance information system. Trains, schedules and directs assigned personnel in planting, transplanting, chemical application and maintenance of plants and landscaping. Provides technical information and answers questions regarding horticultural and landscaping maintenance and installation. Operates a City pool automobile in the performance of essential job functions.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Parks Maintenance and Development Foremen (Horticulture)

Minimum Qualifications and Additional Requirements:

These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture, Botany, or a related field; two (2) years of professional-level work experience in horticulture and landscape installation; and one (1) year of supervisory experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

DISCLAIMER: This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.

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