Under general supervision, performs technical work in the field of
landscape maintenance, ornamental horticulture, and/or landscape
construction. Leads and provides training for landscape maintenance
1. Performs landscaping activities such as planning and layout of
projects, planting and cultivating shrubs, trees, turf and
flowers, and pesticide applications.
2. Inspects and monitors the conditions of the landscape to assess
horticultural or environmental problems.
3. Prepares reports and cost estimates.
4. Advises and instructs grounds personnel in erosion control, mowing
practices, fertilization, pruning, irrigation and applications of
pesticides to fields and landscape.
5. Performs insect and disease identification, soil evaluation, and
other evaluative techniques. Determines and takes appropriate
6. Ensures adequate supplies, materials and equipment are available
for assigned projects.
7. Ensures the operational safety and readiness of equipment; cleans
equipment and performs routine maintenance and repairs.
8. Operates landscaping equipment such as aerifiers, sprayers,
forklifts, backhoes, power and hand tools. Cleans project area
upon completion of work.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: Bachelors degree in horticulture, agronomy or related
EXPERIENCE: Two years in landscape construction, agronomy, or
landscape maintenance work.
OTHER: Licensure by the State of Maryland as a Certified Pesticide
Comprehensive knowledge of the practices and techniques of landscape
construction, agronomy, and/or landscape maintenance; of plant life as
applied to ornamental horticulture; of plant materials, planting
techniques, erosion control, and pesticides. Working knowledge of
landscape design and construction work. Skill in reading and
interpreting landscape architectural plans, specifications, proposal
forms and estimates; in the use and maintenance of tools and equipment
of the trade; in making field investigations. Ability to plan and
program assigned projects; to organize and lead the work of assigned
personnel; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to
prepare comprehensive reports; to work in, on, around, over and under
fixed equipment and machinery; to work from ladders and lifts; to work
at heights up to 35 feet; to manipulate heavy equipment, tools, and
supplies and/or exert force up to 50 lbs.; to concurrently manipulate
multiple controls on machinery and equipment; to work in hazardous or
irritating environments, confined spaces, and adverse weather and
temperature conditions; to wear and work in personal protective
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examinations to determine ability to perform the job.
Valid Maryland Non-commercial Class C, Commercial Driver's License
(CDL) or equivalent driver's license may be required. If required to
obtain a Commercial Driver's License, employees will be subjected to
drug and alcohol education and testing as required under Federal
Highway Administration and the State of Maryland regulations.
Certification by the Maryland Nurseryman's Association as a
Professional Horticulturist may also be required.