LEAD HORTICULTURIST

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title LEAD HORTICULTURIST
Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Grounds Supervisor, the Lead Horticulturist is responsible for directing, coordinating, scheduling, and inspecting grounds landscape work. Responsibilities include the maintenance of the College’s landscaping and grounds, design & selection of plant materials, and other tasks to maintain a safe and attractive campus environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include the following:
· Coordinate work assignments of the Horticulturist and/or multiple grounds team members and follow-up to ensure completion of assigned tasks.
· Assist in the design & selection of plant material.
· Maintain ornamental planting beds by promoting healthy plant practices.
· Construct new planting beds as directed.
· Change seasonal color plantings.
· Examine and police the College’s grounds on a routine basis.
· Maintain turf areas by mowing and trimming with power mowers and other power tools.
· Weed flower, shrub and tree beds as directed.
· Maintain trees through removal of dead branches, minor pruning, and inspection for damage from pests and disease.
· Maintain bushes through appropriate pruning practices.
· Perform routine inventory, maintenance, and up-keep on all grounds equipment and tools.
· Assist with removal and disposal of trash and debris.
· Seasonal leaf removal.
· Provide exemplary customer service to both internal and external customers.

Secondary responsibilities include the following:
· Maintain campus curb lines and streets.
· Maintain parking lots.
· Provide support and manpower as directed to other College and Facilities Management & Services departments.

Required Qualifications

At least five years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience are required. High School Diploma or GED required.

This position requires excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to interact in a diverse community and able to adapt to changing situations.

Good oral and written communication skills required. Must have the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance manuals, and procedure manuals. Must have the ability to speak effectively when interacting with the public and the entire Spelman Community.

Must be able to utilize e-mail systems such as Lotus Notes or Outlook for routine correspondence. Basic computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel) required.

Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test.

Preferred Qualifications

An AA or BS degree in Horticulture or closely related field is preferred.

Certifications, Licenses, Restrictions

Valid Georgia Driver’s license required.

Physical Demands

Must be able to stoop for prolonged periods of time, climb, crawl, smell, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. In addition, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to: chemicals and fumes, wet or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, extreme weather related to heat or cold. Must occasionally work in high and precarious places. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Shift
% Travel Required 0%
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
FLSA Non-Exempt
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Candidate Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number SC0015P
Posting Open Date
Posting Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
EEO Statement

Spelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter