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Assistant Horticulturist (civil service)

Company: City of Dubuque, IA
Location: Dubuque
Posted on: March 11, 2019

Job Description:

Education - Associate's Degree Skills - Computer Skills - Air Brake Endorsement - Pesticide Applicator's License Please submit the Assistant Horticulturist Civil Service Application (only required document necessary to register to take the examination) to the City Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2019. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under supervision of the City Horticulturist or Natural Areas and Sustainable Practices Specialist performs and supervises skilled horticultural tasks related to the operation of a greenhouse and the design and maintenance of flower beds and ornamental and native landscapes in parks, boulevards and other city-owned property. During the winter months, the employee in this class may be assigned to the Public Works Department to perform snow and ice control duties. Performs related work as required. DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The Assistant Horticulturist is responsible for adopting a leadership role including the supervision and direction of others in assisting the City Horticulturist in managing the greenhouse operation and in maintaining flower beds and native and ornamental areas throughout the park system, especially the high profile annual and perennial plantings in the Downtown and Port area. This position provides assistance to the Natural Areas and Sustainable Practices Specialist in managing natural areas throughout the city. These duties will have an emphasis on native prairie management, wetland management, including delineated wetlands and ornamental landscape management. While assigned to the Public Works Department, the work in this class will involve plowing, deicing and removing snow and performing a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance and repair of buildings, facilities, equipment, streets, sewers and grounds. Assignments are received in the form of oral and written work orders. The work is performed in accordance with general or specific instructions of a lead worker or supervisor who inspects work while in progress and upon completion. Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL: Identifies and eradicates targeted weeds in natural areas including prairies and wetlands; assists the Natural Areas and Sustainable Practices Specialist in developing strategies for managing the natural areas such as when to burn, reseed, etc; plants and transplants woody shrubs, trees and prairie plants such as grasses and wildflowers; collects seeds and assists with the development of new prairie areas; remove unwanted vegetation through cutting, herbicidal use and controlled burning; maintains new plantings by watering, fertilizing, screenings and other methods; seeds, roots, fertilizes and plants flowers; checks the temperature, ventilation, humidity and moisture in the greenhouse; prepares, designs and maintains attractive flower beds and ornamental and native landscapes; performs daily maintenance of the greenhouse and related equipment; maintains an inventory of equipment, hand tools and plant supplies; recommends the purchase of supplies and equipment relating to the greenhouse operation; assists in the selection and requisition of seeds, bulbs, plants and horticultural supplies; schedules growing activities; monitors plant growth within the greenhouse and outlying areas to ensure the quality of plants, proper cultivation procedures and to evaluate new plants and planting processes; provides data, information and staff support in the development of the activity budget; assists in training employees and volunteers in proper gardening techniques; provides information and demonstrations to employees concerning how to perform certain tasks; responds to residents questions and service requests in a courteous, equitable and timely manner; assists in snow removal operations by shoveling snow from city walks and steps and plowing, deicing and removing snow from streets and downtown alleys; participates in the City's intercultural competency training and program. Typical Qualifications: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: ESSENTIAL: Knowledge of horticultural principles and practices; knowledge of trees, flowers, shrubs, turf, cultivation, pruning and other aspects of plant propagation and care, including the use of common insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers; knowledge of plant biology and the common and botanical names of trees, flowers, shrubs and grasses; knowledge of insects, parasites and diseases that attack shrubs, flowers and grasses and the chemical and biological methodologies for controlling such attacks; knowledge of landscape planning, design and installation; knowledge of the occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions applicable to the duties of this position; knowledge of the mechanical operation of diesel and gas powered equipment; knowledge of native plant materials, methods of care, management and restoration and native wildlife; knowledge of methods, equipment and materials used in carpentry, mechanics, landscape construction, grounds maintenance, forestry and small engine repair and operation; knowledge of related work hazards and appropriate safety precautions; knowledge of the tools and equipment used in natural areas maintenance, construction, development and management; knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion; ability to schedule and coordinate equipment, supplies and labor to complete projects; ability to perform a variety of skilled tasks related to the duties of this position; ability to handle a variety of tasks without close supervision; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and directions; ability to plan, organize and lead the activities of the employees; ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; ability to work outside during inclement weather; physical ability to handle medium to heavy work with some heavy lifting; ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports; ability to maintain records; ability to operate a computer using standard and customized software applications appropriate to the assigned tasks; ability to evaluate results and recommend improvements; ability to operate and perform basic maintenance, repair and adjustments on equipment used on natural areas; ability to communicate effectively with staff, other City employees and the general public, both orally and in writing; ability to safely operate machinery and equipment and safely perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks related to this position; ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under pressure of time sensitive deadlines; skill in the use and care of the tools, equipment and machinery; demonstrated ability to follow a management philosophy that is input oriented and values equity, problem solving and development of partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team; desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Some experience in an urban landscape environment and in the operation of light and medium road equipment, including trucks; experience working with a diverse workforce; possession of an Associate's Degree in Horticulture, Natural Areas Management, Biology or related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of or ability to obtain, within six months from the date of hire/appointment, and maintain the following: - a valid commercial drivers license with air brake and tanker endorsements - pesticide applicators license. OVERTIME STATUS: Non-exempt Supplemental Information: APPLICATION: The Civil Service Commission will be conducting a written entrance examination for this position on March 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Five Flags Civic Center. The Five Flags Civic Center is located at 4th & Main Streets in Dubuque, Iowa. Please bring a photo identification and calculator to the examination. The use of cell phone calculators will not be permitted. Please submit the Assistant Horticulturist Civil Service Application (only required document necessary to register to take the examination) to the City Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2019. The Civil Service Application may also be obtained in the City Personnel Office, City Hall, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4864. The Personnel Office may be contacted at ************ or **************************. Women, minorities, veterans and qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to. SPECIAL NEEDS/DISABILITY SERVICES: Persons taking the Civil Service test for this position, who may need reasonable accommodations or other service requirements during the administration of the test, should notify the Personnel Office at 589-4125 by March 11, 2019. AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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