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Horticultural Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Grows and cares for plants used for educational and/or research purposes. Plants are grown outdoors, in nurseries or in environmentally controlled structures such as greenhouses or sheds.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications. It is distinguished from the Horticultural Specialist in that incumbents spend the majority of work time in the growing and caring of plants. Persons performing technical research activities in addition to growing plants will be classified in the research series. Incumbents in this classification do not perform research.

Examples of Duties:

  • Prepares soil and growth media for each type of plant.
  • Plants seeds and transplants seedlings to obtain plants for use in experimental programs, teaching laboratories and/or educational programs.
  • Cares for growing plants by watering, pruning, weeding and removing dead or damaged leaf tissue.
  • Applies pesticides to destroy undesirable growth and pests.
  • Mixes and applies a variety of fertilizers to obtain proper nutrient balance for each plant.
  • Initiates new plant growth by using several methods of pollination.
  • Coordinates with research staff and/or supervisor to ascertain type and number of species to propagate and allocates appropriate space.
  • Determines where plants are to be located, considering such factors as lighting, temperature, humidity and space requirements; may adjust ventilation, cooler and heat settings.
  • Maintains log of daily activities.
  • Maintains inventory and requisitions supplies and chemicals.
  • Maintains work and plant growing area.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of plant propagation techniques.
  • Knowledge of pesticides and their use in the care of plants.
  • Knowledge of fertilization techniques.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of experience in gardening or horticultural work which involves plant propagation and fertilization; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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