Landscape gardener: Minimum of twenty hours per week position with the potential to increase to thirty hours per week. This position provides support to horticulture research, landscape, design, plant material selection and maintenance of trial/display garden and WCROC grounds. Work with horticulture team including Horticulture Scientist, Junior Scientist, Communication Specialist plus undergraduate and graduate students.
Major Areas of Accountability (with percentages): 1. Landscape and trial/display garden design. This includes selection and design of appropriate plant materials including annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs. 20%
2. Planning and preparation of field horticulture experiments including plot layout, tillage, planting, fertilizer and pesticide application, plot area maintenance including irrigation, mapping, labeling and data collection, and fruit and vegetable harvest. 20%
3. Taking observation notes, yield data weighing and data collection of various horticulture research trials including annual and perennial flowers, shrubs, fruit and vegetables. 15%
4. This person maintains records, planting maps, plant accession lists and monitors responsibility in the area of inventories and places orders for supplies and equipment. 10%
5. Performs tractor and other mechanical equipment operations, uses a variety of field hand tools and occasional equipment and facilities maintenance repair and upkeep and fertilizer/pesticide handling. 10%
6. This person will occasionally act as lead worker over student workers for the successful completion of projects. 10%
7. Other duties as assigned. 15%
BA/BS degree in a related field with at least 2 years of related experience, or a combination of related education and relevant work experience to equal 6 years. Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Powerpoint and Excel).
Knowledge of landscape and plant design techniques. Knowledge or ability to learn to operate farm machinery. Excellent communication skills and ability to work well with a wide variety of people.
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