Horticulture Res Specialist Duties
This is professional horticultural work involving research in
the evaluation of ornamental plants, problems with ornamental
planting, and research with new ornamental plants for
landscaping including environmental requirements and methods of
Work involves establishing the role of specific ornamental
plants in the enhancement of the environment. An employee
allocated to this class of work is responsible for planning and
conducting research in cultivar evaluation and production
techniques and the maintenance of close liaison with other
research scientist, cooperative extension personnel,
horticultural organizations, professional groups, and other
rural and urban clientele. Work is performed under general
direction of a professional superior and is reviewed through
periodic conferences and the observation of results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Plans, organizes, and conducts research on the evaluation,
propagation, and production of ornamental plants.
Plans and organizes cultivar trial gardens and supervises tours
by various clientele groups.
Conducts cooperative research on disease, insect, and weed
control in ornamental plants.
Supervises the preparation of soils, soil mixtures, and the
arrangement of planting beds for research andtrial areas.
Supervises the collection of samples and experimental data.
Evaluates experimental data by statistical methods.
Publishes scientific reports, articles, and bulletins on
Prepares and presents reports before scientific groups and
conducts presentations before garden clubs and amateur
Plans and directs the work of research technicians and other
Supervises the maintenance of greenhouse facilities and
Prepares budget estimates and recommendations for equipment and
Adapts research facilities and procedures to carry out specific
Assists in planning landscape plantings.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited college of university with a
masters degree in horticulture and considerable experience in
planning and conducting research with ornamental plants; or any
equivalent combination of training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of horticultural research methods,
techniques, and procedures.
Thorough knowledge of the field of horticulture.
Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment
utilized in propagatory planting and transplanting flowers,
shrubs, and trees.
Thorough knowledge of ornamental plants.
Considerable knowledge of pests or ornamental plants and disease
prevention and control.
Ability to design, organize, and implement creative and
innovative ornamental research programs.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate
Ability to prepare reports and publications of research results.
Ability to speak before various groups.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with other research scientists, administrative
personnel, fellow employees, and various clientele groups.