Department: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department Division: Park Maintenance Reports To: Asst. Supt of Parks or Supt of Parks Bargaining Unit: 699 Parks/Public Works
Summary The Horticulturist is responsible for performing highly skilled work in planning, design, and maintenance of landscape areas in the parks and green spaces. Work involves the planning and design of landscaped areas, including flower beds for the Zoo, parks, boulevards, golf courses, parking lots, etc. Work involves the organization, supervision, and maintenance of assigned areas and crews. Responsibilities include the supervision of both full and part-time staff and coordination with other City departments and committees. Work is performed under technical independence under the general supervision of the Asst. Superintendent of Parks or the Superintendent of Parks within broadly established policies and procedural requirements. Work is reviewed through reports prepared, periodic or incidental inspections of jobs or upon completion to insure completion in accordance desired results. Essential Functions include the following and other duties may be assigned. These examples may not include all of the tasks and/or knowledge which may be expected of the employee, nor do they cover all of the specific duties which may be required. The specific physical requirements for this position are detailed in a separate functional job evaluation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Supervise and participate in the mowing, watering, weeding, seeding, spraying, and fertilization of assigned areas in safe and efficient manner. Prepares specifications, cost estimates, work write-ups, work orders and/or manpower/equipment usage reports as required. Analyzes assignments or problems; plans for methods, materials and tools needed; maintains or provides resolution of the assignment or problem. Such work may be performed on an independent assignment or with a work crew; Develop and prepare landscape designs for the Zoo, parks, boulevards, parking lots, municipal golf courses, etc in accordance with City requirements. Supervise and participate in the implementation of prepared designs. Revised June 16, 2016 Assist other City departments in the review of proposed and existing landscaping efforts by private development to meet City requirements. Prepares specifications, cost estimates, work write-ups, work orders and/or manpower/equipment usage reports as required. Install, maintain, and repair underground sprinkler irrigation systems throughout the parks and beautification areas. Purchase materials and equipment repair parts within established City policies. Perform repairs and adjustments on equipment. Operate specialized equipment, machinery and a variety of power and hand tools. Assign, supervise and review the work of maintenance crews; train and provide work direction to crew members in the use of special maintenance equipment and in the application of turf care materials. Perform Snow plowing and ice removal for in a safe and efficient manner. Performs related work as required.
1) Education/Experience: Graduation from college or vocational school with special emphasis in horticulture, arboriculture, lawn maintenance and/or landscape design or an equivalent combination of experience and training which would provide the following knowledge, skill and ability. Experience preferred in the supervision of personnel and total implementation of beautification efforts from drawing board to completion.
2) General Skill Levels: Knowledge of: Techniques and methods utilized in the maintenance of turf, flowers, plants, trees and shrubs. Native prairie grass maintenance and installation. Specialized tools and equipment used in horticultural and landscaping industry. Technique of drafting and landscape design. Design and maintenance of underground sprinkler irrigation systems. Occupational hazards involved and the safety precautions required when performing assigned work or in the handling of fertilizers and insecticides. Revised June 16, 2016 Computer software system (s) and the ability to enter, retrieve and compile data.
Skill in: Planning, organizing and directing staff or contractors within the responsibilities of this position. Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. The proper use and care of general and specialized tools and equipment used in horticulture and landscaping industry The operation of trucks, plows and equipment.
Ability to: Identify diseased or damaged plant material and recommend and perform corrective measures. Design landscape designs. Perform work independently or in a group under limited supervision. Plan, organize and direct a work crew within the responsibilities of this position. Ensure that proper on-the-job safety procedures are followed and safety equipment and procedures are properly and consistently used. Read and understand technical information and apply guidelines and regulations to operational situations. Communicate clearly, courteously and professionally with the public and all City employees sometimes in difficult or stressful situations. Understand and follow general oral and written instructions. Work evenings, nights and weekends as required and respond to emergency situations and snow operations. Receive work assignments through verbal, written, text or electronic means. Safely operate tools and equipment used in landscaping and irrigation. Operate assigned equipment in an independent and safe manner with a minimum of supervision. Maintain work records and logs.
3) Certificates and Licenses Possession and maintenance of a valid Illinois Class B Commercial Driver’s License with air brake endorsement. Possession of a valid State of Illinois Urban Pesticides Applicator’s License.
4) Work requires:
Traveling to in-town work sites and the ability to walk/work in variety of natural and altered ground surfaces which may be uneven, wet or slippery or sloped. Ability to sit/drive vehicles or equipment. Ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time. Ability to enter, exit and safely operate motorized equipment. Ability to attending occasional training as required