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Gardener - CIP Crew

at City of San Antonio

Pay: up to $31616/year
$31616 - $
Posted: 10/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2592220
Keywords: cleaning

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

Under immediate supervision, is responsible for performing skilled work in planting, fertilizing, and cultivating trees, lawns and shrubs, and performing general grounds maintenance work involving the operation, and maintenance of grounds equipment. May exercise technical supervision over assigned staff.

WORK LOCATION:  Southwest Service Center, 6927 W. Commerce
 

Essential Job Functions

  • Prepares ground for planting and participates in planting, cultivating, fertilizing, watering, and pruning flowers, shrubs, and trees.
     
  • Geminates and propagates flowering plants and waters and cares for plants in open beds.
     
  • Transplants decorative plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees.
     
  • Plants special flower designs and beds.
     
  • Fertilizes and conditions soil for different types of flowers and plants; watches for pest, diseases, or other deteriorating agents; and takes necessary steps for their eradication.
     
  • Applies herbicides and insecticides under the direction of a licensed applicator.
     
  • Mows and edges grass.
     
  • Picks up trash and cleans sidewalks on a daily basis and during special functions.
     
  • Maintains indoor tropical plants and is responsible for their watering, insect control, and fertilizing.
     
  • Assists in plant displays.
     
  • Prepares bed for planting flowers and shrubs.
     
  • May deliver and operate equipment for planting and cleaning purposes.
     
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.

Job Requirements

  • Formal or informal training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.
     
  • One (1) year of experience planting, fertilizing and cultivating trees, lawns and shrubs and performing general grounds maintenance work involving the operation and maintenance of grounds equipment.
  • Valid Class 'C' Texas Driver's License.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Herbicide Applicators License.
     
  • Experience with new construction or repairs with irrigation systems.
APPLICANT INFORMATION:
  • If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing.  Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance.
     
  • Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application. 
     
  • Unless otherwise stated, applicants are permitted to substitute two years of related full-time experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the job. One year of full-time experience is defined as 30 or more hours worked per week for 12 months.  One year of higher education is defined as 30 credit hours completed at an accredited college or university.
     
  • Applicants selected for employment with the City of San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks.  If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Physical requirements include frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling of 50 pounds. Visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate gardening tools and equipment. Subject to climbing, balancing, walking, reaching, handling, sitting, standing, bending, and twisting to perform the essential functions. Working conditions are outside with occasional
    exposure to temperature variations, high noise, insects, dirt, and high elevations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of standard practices, materials, methods, and tools of planting, fertilizing, and cultivating trees, lawns, and shrubs, and performing general grounds maintenance work.
     
  • Knowledge of herbicide and insecticide applications.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety precautions for using gardening equipment.
     
  • Skill in operating and utilizing all types of gardening hand tools.
     
  • Ability to coordinate the work of a small number of helpers.
     
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
     
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public.
     
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
     
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
     
  • Ability to perform all the physical requirements of the position.