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Senior MW - Horticulture SpecialistCITY OF IOWA CITY – Job Description Job Class #12-17 FLSA Non-Exempt Civil Service Identification Position Title: Senior Maintenance Worker – Horticulture Specialist Department: Parks & Recreation Division: Parks & Forestry Supervisor: Superintendent of Parks & Forestry Job Summary Under direction, performs professional horticultural duties in the management of horticulture and silviculture and oversees the plant care operations related to several sports complexes, City buildings, gateways, park entrances and along the streets and boulevards. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities Develops work schedules and delegates responsibilities for full time staff. Mows, rakes, mulches, waters and fertilizes trees, shrubs, flowers, ground covers and turf. Applies chemical applications of pesticides when necessary. Operates light trucks, tractors, loaders, specialized equipment and a variety of hand tools. Assists and participates in removal of snow and ice. Maintains daily work logs. Contacts contractors and monitors work relative to divisional projects and needs. Contacts vendors, collects price quotes, and purchases needed equipment for areas of responsibilities. Assists with the development of designs for landscapes and floral displays. Assists with selection and purchase of plant materials. Supervises and participates in installation of designs. Assists other departments and divisions in horticultural projects. Assists in monitoring and preparing the annual operating budget. Develops divisional goals and objectives. Develops work projects for volunteers, community service workers and oversees those projects. Job Class #12-17 Parks & Forestry Page 2 Updated 4/13/21 Reviews landscape plans on various Public Works, Parks and Central Business District projects. Attends meetings and conferences to promote divisional goals and industry knowledge. Communicates with the general public to answer questions, provides information and gives guidance. Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Physical and Environmental Conditions The physical demands and work environment conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and are encountered while performing those essential functions. 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; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Minimum Education, Experience and Certification Associate degree in horticulture or related field from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body required. One year of experience in municipal ground and landscape maintenance or in a related field required. Or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be able to obtain a Pesticide Applicator’s License within 6 months of hire. Valid Class B commercial driver’s license with airbrakes endorsement and satisfactory driving record required. Valid Class A commercial driver’s license with airbrakes endorsement required within 6 months of hire. This position is subject to federal drug testing requirements including screening through the FMCSA Clearinghouse. A pre-employment drug screen is required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass criminal background check. Preferred Education, Experience and Certification Three years of experience preferred. Job Class #12-17 Parks & Forestry Page 3 Updated 4/13/21 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of general construction methods. Knowledge of landscaping and ground care. Skills in assigning, inspecting and evaluating the work of assigned crew. Skills in record keeping and the maintenance of office files. Ability to identify insect infestation and diseases in trees and plants. Ability to operate a variety of hand and power tools. Ability to operate equipment used in the maintenance of park facilities and grounds. Ability to read and comprehend pesticide manuals and horticulture materials. Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations and calculate proper pesticide and fertilizer formulas. Ability to work with budget figures. Ability to prepare written reports. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position.