CITY OF OVERLAND PARK - POSITION DESCRIPTION

TITLE:

Gardener I

REPORTS TO:

Supervisor, Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and Grounds (365)

DEPARTMENT:

Parks and Recreation Services

DIVISION:

Arboretum BG 5150

JOB NO:

279

BAND/LEVEL:

VARIABLE

FLSA STATUS:

Non-Exempt

FT/PT/SEASONAL:

Full-Time

JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Participates in the planting, maintenance and care of plants, trees, flowers and landscaping at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Participates in the planting, maintenance and care of plants, trees, flowers and landscaping, in keeping with established work plans. Coordinates work tasks with volunteers.

May care for plants in a greenhouse and nursery prior to their installation in the landscape.

Loads, transports, and unloads plants and materials from truck

Uses proper horticultural techniques to water, prune, fertilize, weed and mulch.

Assists in ensuring a safe environment for visitors and general public. Identifies safety hazards and informs supervisor of hazards. Takes corrective action.

Performs other duties as assigned.

The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.

The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.

The above duties and responsibilities includes those tasks, physical and mental requirements, visual requirements, unique physical surroundings and mental/cognitive requirements listed in the Position Description Questionnaire and Task Analysis Worksheet.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION & SPECIAL LICENSE(S)/CERTIFICATIONS:

High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 18 years of age.

Course work in horticulture or landscape preferred. Possession of appropriate, valid driver's license.

Must maintain an insurable driving record.

EXPERIENCE:

One year experience in greenhouse, nursery or landscaping, maintenance and installation of plant materials, or an equivalent level of experience.

SKILLS:

Attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills.

Good oral communication skills.

Manual dexterity.

MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to meet deadlines.

Diplomacy and judgment.

Ability to carry out assignments through oral and written instructions.

Ability to work independently.

Ability to work under distracting conditions.

Ability to prioritize work.

Ability to work in hectic environment with many interruptions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to make and receive phone calls.

Ability to operate power and hand tools.

Ability to operate City vehicles and equipment.

Exposure to inclement weather conditions.

Exposure to chemicals, dust, sprays, fogs, and mists.

Ability to identify and distinguish colors.

SEE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS ATTACHED FOR ADDITIONAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (Direct & Indirect):

None.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.