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Horticultural Specialist Lead Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans and develops horticultural collections at the Horticultural Resource Center. Collects, maintains and cares for plants at the Horticultural Resource Center and plans and conducts tours for the public.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications.

Examples of Duties:

  • Manages the computerized plant collection database.
  • Oversees the Horticultural Resource Center library of research materials.
  • Manages the Arboretumís nursery of woody ornamentals, floriculture and succulent plant collections, including propagation, irrigation, plant care, and plant protection.
  • Participates in garden planning and developing of interpretive materials.
  • Mixes soils for plant beds and containers in the campus plant collection.
  • Coordinates the activities of other personnel in care and maintenance of plants and grounds; coordinates the activities of Horticultural Specialists regarding demonstration gardens, plant propagation and other Horticultural Resource Center activities.
  • Oversees new plant introductions and propagation of new species to be introduced to the campus plant collection.
  • Plans and conducts tours and interpretive presentations of the Horticultural Resource Center and All America Display Garden selections; answers questions on a broad range of horticultural subjects.
  • Oversees research projects and student work-study programs that take place on campus and at the Horticultural Resource Center.
  • Collects, compiles and analyzes data on experiments; writes evaluations of findings, on campus as well as at the Horticultural Resource Center.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles of horticulture.
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of a variety of landscaping techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill with microcomputers, databases and statistics.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Plant Science or related field AND three years of Horticulture or related experience; OR, Seven years of Horticulture or related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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