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This is professional work in the field of ornamental horticulture. Methods of performing tasks are usually left to the judgement of the employee with an administrative superior available for assistance if needed. Work is performed under general direction and is reviewed upon completion.


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

Plans and designs annual and perennial flower beds.

Grows potted plants and nursery stock and maintains records on the growing operation.

Trains and supervises subordinate personnel in greenhouse operations and in the proper methods and techniques of planting ornamental plants.

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

Prepares orders for various types of plants and seeds.

Inventories, maps, and labels trees and shrubs on campus for instructional and maintenance purposes.

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

Prepares fertilizer programs for various types of plants.

Confers with landscape architect and other personnel in the selection of plants.

Supervises with the operation of the Departmental Greenhouse.

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.

Thorough knowledge of ornamental horticulture in all phases.

Thorough knowledge of plant propagation and culturation.

Considerable knowledge of the principles of 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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