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Horticulture Technician

Company: City of Largo, FL
Location: Largo
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Mission: Provide Superior Services that Inspire Community PrideVision: To be the Community of Choice in Tampa BayValues: Integrity, Collaboration, Passion, CreativityLargo's commitment to a High Performance Organization (HPO) model builds a flexible and resilient organization that intentionally builds leadership capacity at all levels of the organization.CITY OF LARGO ... Naturally A Great Place to Work!Closing:11/20/2021Salary:$17.11 hourly rateJob Summary:A crew leader position, performing technical and manual work, in the supervision of day-to-day scheduling of crew assignments including all aspects of routine parks maintenance. Implements work programs related to the planting, removal, and care of various flowers, shrubs, and trees located in the City parks and athletic fields. Performs skilled and difficult tasks regarding trimming, fertilizing, and performing disease control of all landscape plants and turf. Performs irrigation repair and weed removal. Oversees that all turf is mowed properly, monitors and controls the irrigation computer and sets up and tears down equipment for special events. Responsible for assigning tasks and training staff.Position reports to a Parks Supervisor.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:All employees share components of leadership, management, technical, and team skills to assist in making the City of Largo the community of choice in Tampa Bay.Leadership* Demonstrates an understanding and reflection of the City's mission, vision, and values and a commitment to achieve organizational goals aligned with the City's strategic plan

* Champions a high performance work culture that encourages and embraces new ideas, develops individuals and welcomes and encourages diverse perspectives

* Articulates strategic and innovative thinking and provides clarity to deliver superior services

* Approaches the job with enthusiasm and curiosity to promote a solutions-oriented work culture

Management* Effectively manages assignments and priorities to ensure the fulfillment of projects, tasks, and responsibilities

* Follows suggested procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety and risk avoidance

Technical* Plans, supervises, assigns, provides work direction and participates in the work of crew members in the field

* Includes all aspects of routine parks maintenance, such as planting, removing, transplanting, cultivating, trimming, spraying, fertilizing, pruning and irrigation necessary for the healthy growth of trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers in City facilities

* Provides instruction in the proper horticultural maintenance of flowers, trees, and plants; assists in landscaping design and drawing of plans and blueprints

* Operates and trains crew members in the safe operation of light and heavy equipment

* Responds to citizen concerns/complaints, assists with shelter rentals, and works with community groups

* Performs irrigation repair and construction

* Installs and maintains landscaping

* Makes inspections to detect evidence of diseases, insects, irrigation problems, or other conditions endangering or inhibiting the proper growth of trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers and takes corrective measures when such conditions exist by mixing and applying fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides; orders chemicals and fertilizer

* Makes minor and major repairs to tools and irrigation equipment used on park premises

* Purchases and ensures the quality of plant material

* Performs tree and safety inspections

Team Skills* Supports honest and transparent decision-making

* Collaborates with all team members in a way that builds upon ideas and takes personal accountability and ownership of projects, roles, and assignments

* Openly exhibits a positive attitude, in words and action, and encourages others to do the same

Performs related work as required.EMERGENCY RESPONSE STATUS: As a condition of employment, City of Largo employees will be required to work as directed during an undeclared and/or a declared emergency. All employees are subject to recall around the clock for emergency response operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the normal work location, and may include duties other than those specified in the official job description.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation and Experience:* High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) (Associate's Degree in Horticulture, Horticulture Science or a closely related degree is preferred) and two (2) years directly related experience in landscape maintenance, nursery, or horticultural operation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience

* Experience as a crew leader is preferred

* Requires State of Florida Restricted Pesticide License issued for public use with Ornamental and Turf endorsement within six months of employment

* Valid Driver's License

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:* Working knowledge of modern practices and principles of horticulture, arboriculture, agronomy, and related fields

* Knowledge of* insects, parasites, diseases, and other infestation which affect trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, and grass and the composition and application of insecticides, fungicide, and herbicides for their control

* plant biology and the common and botanical names of local trees, plants, and flowers

* irrigation systems and turf management, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards and guidelines for trimming, deadwooding, removal, planting, and staking

* Skill in the proper use and safe operation of hand and power operated tools utilized in all phases of horticulture work

* Ability to:* understand and follow oral and written instructions and communicate clearly and concisely

* detect tree, plant and turf diseases and determine corrective measures

* read, interpret, and develop landscape plans

* understand chemical and fertilizer labels and plan, assign, and supervise the work of a small group of staff

* perform heavy, strenuous manual labor, sometimes under unfavorable weather conditions

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSWork Environment: 5% inside a climate controlled building; 95% outside which may include driving.Physical Requirements: The essential functions of the job require: sitting approximately one (1) hour per day, standing approximately three (3) hours per day, and walking approximately four (4) hours per day. The work requires frequent: bending/stooping, climbing, crawling, fine manipulations, grasping, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, lifting/carrying of objects weighing up to 15 pounds, frequent lifting/carrying of objects weighing 15 to 44 pounds, and frequent lifting/carrying of objects weighing 45 pounds and over.Sensory Requirements: Hearing: Ability to perform tasks safely over the noise from heavy equipment such as tractors and tools. Speaking: Ability to communicate orally with others in person and on the telephone. Seeing: Ability to see and read computer monitor screens, operate a vehicle, and read fine print.Driving Requirements: The work requires frequent driving and possession of a valid Florida Class "E" Driver's License and may require a Commercial Driver's License as designated by the position assigned within six months.Technology: The work requires ability to operate telephones, smart phones, tablets, photocopiers, printers, desktop and/or laptop computers, calculators and all associated software.Other Machines: The work requires the ability to operate the following machines: tractors and front end loaders; spray rig, and GPS.IMPORTANT INFORMATION:Yes - DRUG TESTING (Safety Sensitive)No - CHILDCARE FINGERPRINTINGNo - CREDIT CHECKNo - FDLE AND CJSTC SECURITY CLEARANCE: As mandated by the FDLE, CJSTC and the Largo Police Department, this position may be subject to additional security clearances due to access to the police department facility or police department's electronic data.

Keywords: City of Largo, FL, Largo , Horticulture Technician, Professions , Largo, Florida

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