Horticulturist

Website City of Gainesvillehttps://cityofgainesville.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Careers/job/Gainesville-Fl/GRUCom-Enterprise-Planning-and-Administration-Director_4298

Make a difference in the community you live in! As a Community Builder—an employee with the City of Gainesville— you will have a direct hand in building and improving your community and making a visible impact on the lives of your neighbors. Working for local government is more than a job, it’s a chance to contribute to community success and to help enhance the Gainesville way of life.

Job Description:

SUMMARY

This is a highly responsible para-professional, technical, and supervisory work developing, implementing, and maintaining the City of Gainesville Right of Way Tree Planting Programs.

The single position allocated to this classification reports to and performs work under the supervision of the City Arborist.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its extensive technical knowledge in arboriculture, and excellence in communicating with the general public.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower-level duties may be required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Plans, organizes, manages and directs the functions associated with the introduction and maintenance of young trees in the City of Gainesville rights-of-way, roadway medians, stormwater basins and parks that may include oversight of contractual services.  Develops planting plans that achieve the goals of providing shade and beauty while avoiding future infrastructure damage.

Supervises assigned employees.

Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers, principally citizen Tree Sponsors who provide aftercare for fifty percent of the trees planted annually.

Maintains tree nursery and production.

Assists with plans for Arbor Day celebrations in Gainesville.

Answers questions from the public regarding the care of newly planted trees.  Speaks to groups interested in the renewal of the urban forest.

Responsible for assuring the requirements of the American National Standard for Tree Care Operations, ANSI A300-1995, are followed with respect to the pruning of young trees.

Assures all trees planted on public rights-of-way are of the grade specified by the City standards or better, according to the Florida Nursery grades of the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Consumer Services.

Drives a pick-up truck with a pull-behind water tank.

Uses mechanical tree spade to transplant large trees.

Sprays non-restricted use pesticides and herbicides as needed.

Responsible for ensuring the staking and up righting of small trees in the aftermath of widespread emergencies (e.g., hurricanes).

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Botany, Plant Identification, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, or Horticulture; or

Associate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Horticulture; and Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture.

CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES

Licenses

A valid United States Driver License is required at the time of appointment. Valid Florida Driver License is required within thirty (30) days of start date.

Certifications

Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture is required within six (6) months of appointment.

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