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Landscape Gardener

Company: City of Concord
Location: Concord
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Job Characteristics Benefits Supplemental Questions

  • OPEN & PROMOTIONAL JOB OPPORTUNITY*

Landscape Gardener

Are you a positive, productive, customer-service oriented individual that thrives working in team environments? Do you enjoy working outdoors? Do you have a background in horticulture? If so, the City of Concord invites you to apply for the position of Landscape Gardener. The working days/hours are Saturday and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have the ability and willingness to adapt to changing work assignments; to operate equipment and to use the tools and materials encountered in parks maintenance activities with efficiency and safety; to input and retrieve data on electronic devices including computer terminals; to plant, fertilize, edge, trim, mow, weed, and water lawns, plants, shrubs and/or trees; to follow oral and written instructions, to work effectively without close supervision; to work outdoors in all weather conditions; to provide lead direction to assigned work crew, to practice the highest level of customer service; to understand and practice concepts of teamwork, accountability, and seamless services; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with individuals from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds contacted in the course of work.

The future Landscape Gardener will also be an individual that personifies and is guided by the City's Mission, Vision, and Values.

SELECTION PROCESS

  1. Submit a completed City of Concord application and the required supplemental question responses online at www.cityofconcord.org by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

  2. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, and those candidates demonstrating the strongest desired qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in a virtual panel interview, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Candidates will be contacted the week prior if selected to participate in the virtual panel interview. If you are selected to participate in the panel interview and are unavailable, we regret that we will not be able to reschedule you.

  1. All candidates that pass the panel interview will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 months.

IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly on your application.

LANDSCAPE GARDENER

Purpose

Performs parks maintenance, gardening, weed abatement, and groundskeeping work in assigned areas, such as parks, traffic medians, open space, public rights-of-way, and ball fields to ensure that these City resources are in an aesthetically pleasing condition and are available to meet the diverse needs for active and passive recreation and leisure activities; performs related and other work as required all within the context of the City's Mission of providing responsive, cost effective, and innovative local government services through a collaborative effort with the community to make Concord a city of the highest quality.

Equipment, Methods & Guidelines

Uses standard operating guidelines, pick-up trucks with hydraulic trailers, dump trucks, tractors with attachments, portable power tools, power riding mowers, power hand mowers, gang mower, garbage compactors, generators, garden vacuums, sod and weed cutters, hole augers, chain saws, edgers, sprayers, fertilizer spreader and aerators; various hand tools such as shovels, rakes, hoes and clippers; electronic devices including computer terminals, and personal protective equipment. May use jackhammers and cement mixers.

Working Conditions

Typical field positions involving variable weather and traffic conditions and exposure to noise and toxic materials. Scheduled work week may include weekends, depending on specific assignment.

Physical Demands

Stand or walk for long periods of time; bend stoop, squat, and crawl; shovel wet and dry soil; prune trees and shrubs using manual and automatic equipment; carry heavy loads (up to 100 pounds); walk on slippery paved and unpaved surfaces; step and jump over physical barriers; and exposed to fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, dusts, fumes, and pollens.

Supervisory Guidance Received/Given

Supervision received consists of oral and written instructions intended to define objectives and problems and to prescribe general methods for achieving general objectives. Exercises independent judgment in determining specific actions necessary to properly maintain assigned areas. Provides on-the-job lead direction to assigned work crew.

Examples of duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensures that work assignments are accomplished; reports reasons for any delays; reports the time and tasks performed and materials used on a daily basis. Measurement of results and data related to desired outcomes are constantly accumulated and used to design improvements to processes and services.
  • Waters, fertilizes, mows, weeds, edges and replaces turf pursuant to established maintenance schedule or after assessment of needs.
  • Plants, waters, and maintains ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, and flowers as defined in standard practices manual.
  • Picks up rubbish and litter; cleans walkways, driveways, parking areas, and drainage facilities; keeps restrooms, play equipment, and picnic and recreation facilities clean and orderly.
  • Prepares soils for various kinds of planting and cultivates around plants, shrubs, and trees.
  • Performs routine inspection and maintenance of irrigation systems, such as cleaning and relocation of sprinkler heads and cleaning and repairing of automatic valves; assists in major mechanical maintenance and repairs. May program automatic controllers for sprinkler and irrigation systems.
  • Monitors condition of turf, ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, flowers, and trees and reports the presence of turf, plant and tree diseases and pests.
  • Performs other parks maintenance tasks, such as installing header boards along paths flower beds; assembling portable picnic tables; assisting with the repair of barbecue pits; and installation of project barricade fencing; and assisting with rough carpentry and concrete work.
  • May prepare and apply or assist in the preparation and application of fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides.
  • May propagate flowers, shrubs, or trees.
  • May answer emergency or complaint calls regarding conditions in parks or other landscaped areas; and observe and report parks facilities or buildings that need repair.

Qualifications:

Knowledge and Abilities

Working knowledge of methods, tools, materials and practices used in parks and ground maintenance activities; knowledge of common names and requirements of plants, trees and shrubs, knowledge of the characteristics of typical plant diseases and pests and their control; basic knowledge of irrigation systems, including installation, operation, maintenance, and routine repair; basic knowledge of fertilizers and fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides.

Ability and willingness to adapt to changing work assignments; to operate equipment and to use the tools and materials encountered in parks maintenance activities with efficiency and safety; to input and retrieve data on electronic devices including computer terminals; to plant, fertilize, edge, trim, mow, weed, and water lawns, plants, shrubs and/or trees; to follow oral and written instructions, to work effectively without close supervision; to work outdoors in all weather; to provide lead direction to assigned work crew, to practice the highest level of customer service; to understand and practice concepts of team work, accountability, and seamless services; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with individuals from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds contacted in the course of work.

Education/Experience

Education: Satisfactory completion of high school or equivalent supplemented by 9 units of coursework in ornamental horticulture or related field.

Experience: Three years of employment in grounds maintenance.

Other:

A California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment. Requires a State of California Qualified Applicator's Certificate ("QAC") within the probationary period as an additional condition of continued employment in this position.

Keywords: City of Concord, Concord , Landscape Gardener, Other , Concord, California

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