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Horticulture Assistant Duties

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This is responsible para-professional work in the field of ornamental horticulture. Considerable independent judgement must be exercised by the employee with direction from a Horticulturist if needed. Work is performed under general direction of a Horticulturist and reviewed upon completion.


Provides professional advice on the selection, ordering, planting, culture, and maintenance of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and turf grasses.

Assists in planning and designing annual and perennial flower beds.

Assists in the production of bedding plants, potted plants, and nursery stock and maintains records on the growing operation.

Training and supervising subordinate personnel in the proper methods and techniques of planting ornamental plants.

Trains grounds personnel in the techniques of pruning, wound dressing, cavity repair, and the cabling and bracing of trees and shrubs.

Assists in preparing acquisitions for various types of plants and seeds.

Assists in supervising the processing of accessioning deaccessioning, mapping, relocating, and labeling plants in collection areas.

Assists in the preparation of maintenance programs for the control of plant diseases and insects.

Assists in preparing fertilizer programs for various types of plants.

Performs related duties as required.

Graduation from an accredited college or university in an appropriate curriculum and considerable experience related to this class of work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of ornamental horticulture in all phases.

Knowledge of plant propagation and cultivation.

Knowledge of the principles of greenhouse and nursery management.

Knowledge of the principles of supervision.

Knowledge of the elementary principles of landscaping.

Ability to supervise the work of others.



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