Horticulturist

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • 12 Southeast 1st Street, Gainesville, FL, USA
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Full Time Agriculture Engineering Government Professional Services Science

Job Description

NOTE: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY, ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alachua

SALARY: $41,454.40 Annually

Bachelor's degree in plant science (botany, horticulture, or forestry) and two years experience working for a landscaping contractor, nursery operator, botanical garden, university science department, or governmental agency; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience.  A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.
Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

This is highly responsible professional, technical and supervisory work developing, implementing and maintaining the Alachua County Right of Way Vegetation Management Program. An employee assigned to this classification plans, organizes, manages and directs the functions associated with the introduction and protection of trees and landscaping, materials in the county rights-of-way, roadway medians, stormwater basins and parks (on an as needed basis). Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

 Position Summary: This is highly responsible professional, technical and supervisory work developing, implementing and maintaining the Alachua County Right of Way Vegetation Management Program.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.
An employee assigned to this classification plans, organizes, manages and directs the functions associated with the introduction and protection of trees and landscaping, materials in the county rights-of-way, roadway medians, stormwater basins and parks (on an as needed basis).
Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

 Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
 Exudes a positive customer service focus.
 Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Directs, supervises, and assigns staff and equipment for tree planting and removal, landscaping, mowing, aquatic and rights of way vegetation control services in county's rights of way, roadway medians, storm water basins, parks and other County properties, as required. Provides technical assistance and professional direction for roadway vegetation management. Conducts hazard tree evaluations on county rights of way, roadway medians, storm water basins and parks. 
 Directs, supervises and assists in the structural pruning and removal of trees in public rights of way. Coordinates the donation and receipt of mitigation trees from various local vendors or governmental agencies.
Prepares bid documents for mowing and vegetation control and aquatic and rights of way vegetation management services within County rights-of-way, storm water basins, parks and other County properties, as required.
 
Administers annual contract(s) as required, for aquatic and rights of way vegetation management services within County rights-of-way, storm water basins, and parks & other County properties; for mowing and vegetation control within County rights of way, parks and other County properties;  with local nurseries to provide trees and landscaping materials.with local nurseries to provide trees and landscaping materials.

Organizes volunteers for tree planting efforts.

Receives complaints from general public regarding trees and other plants, inspects trees, and assigns work to repair damage.

Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate employees including determining work procedures and work schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; and conducting performance reviews.

Organizes inventory information on tree planting sites.

Performs periodic inspections and prepares reports and recommendations concerning conditions and needs of trees. Develops and implements amendments or changes to the tree protection and landscaping ordinances, as required. Reviews landscaping plans and specifications for compliance with County policy and sound planning principles. Prepares preliminary and final reports based on research, interviews or field investigations. Coordinates with other County departments and outside agencies to ensure compliance with environmental protection regulations, tree protections, and erosion and sedimentation control standards.
Drives a County vehicle and/or personal vehicle to work sites in order to perform required duties.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

 NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Extensive knowledge of forestry and landscaping design principles and practices.
Knowledge of arboricultural principles and practices.

Knowledge of botany, plant physiology, entomology, landscape design, pathology and plant and tree anatomy.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in arboriculture.
 Knowledge of and ability to apply tree appraisal techniques, including the relationship of planned, natural and built environments.

Knowledge of tree species and landscaping materials for appropriateness in rights of way and roadway medians and storm water basin area.

Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and ordinances related to environmental protection and vegetation management. Knowledge of computers and relevant software.
Ability to analyze emergency situations quickly and accurately and respond with an appropriate course of action.

 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, outside agencies, and the general public.
Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of subordinate employees.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch or crawl.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move in excess of 75 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, M.B.A., Other Graduate Degree, Ph.D, Other Doctorate Degree

Salary

$41,454.40 Annually