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This is skilled work in operating a greenhouse and raising plants and flowers.

Work involves responsibility for the propagation and care of flowers and plants grown in a greenhouse for research and instructional purposes. Work includes training subordinate employees and supervising their work. Specific instructions are occasionally received, but work is ordinarily performed independently and reviewed only for results.


Supervises and participates in seeding flowers, slipping, rooting, potting, and boxing plants, transferring plants to beds; preparing soil for beds, re-potting plants, and a wide variety of similar greenhouse tasks.

Checks temperature, ventilation, and humidity of the greenhouse and the moistness of potted plants; waters and fertilizes plants.

Designs complex and colorful beds and flower displays; supervises the preparation of beds and the transplanting, arranging, and care of plants.

Assists students, faculty, and the public with the solution of horticulture problems.

Supervises the care and maintenance of greenhouse and equipment; operates mixers, sprayers, mowers, and other gardening tools and equipment.

Inventories tools, equipment, supplies, and plants, and recommends the purchase of supplies and equipment as needed.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by college level courses in horticulture; and considerable responsible experience in greenhouse or related work; including some experience in a supervisory capacity; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of horticulture and of the methods of raising and caring for flowers and other plants in greenhouses and outdoor beds.

Considerable knowledge of the common variety of flowers and plants used in display gardening, of the diseases and insects which attack them, and of the common methods for their control.

Ability to train subordinate employees, to assign tasks, and to supervise their work.

Ability to supervise the preparation of the soil, arrangement of beds, and the transplanting of flowers and other plants, including the design of displays.

Skill in the care and use of gardening tools and materials.

Skill in the planting, care, and propagating of all types of plants and flowers.



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