Under minimal supervision, the Lead Horticulturalist performs horticultural and associated parks maintenance tasks, planning and design of landscape areas, horticulture program oversight, training and oversight of program team and volunteer program functions on urban parks maintained properties, and related duties as required.
1. Performs horticultural tasks for park landscapes and under minimal supervision from the supervisor including:
- As assigned by the supervisor leads and oversees work and performance of MPIII, MPII, MPI, Temporary and Seasonal employees and volunteers.
- Performs duties and responsibilities that support the Horticulture Program Mission.
- Designs, plans, plants, prunes, cleans and maintains perennial flowerbeds, shrub beds and other plantings including annual shrub/flower planning program, purchasing of materials and plant stock, tree, shrub and perennial plant care. Tills, fertilizes, mulches flowerbeds and other plantings;
- Performs mechanical and chemical weed and pest control in flowerbeds, shrub and mulch areas and general park areas as part of Integrated Pest Management program;
- Irrigates and performs minor irrigation repair;
- Assists and coordinates with parks staff at major park sites. Includes landscape design, pruning, mechanical weeding, chemical weed control, mulching, site safety, construction and irrigation;
- Plans work schedule to meet specified objectives. Maintains records of plantings, material and supplies, orders, purchases and work performed, including Integrated Pest Management activities.
2. Acts as the Crew leader for MPIII, MPII, MPI, seasonal and temporary employees:
- Plans work schedule to meet specified objectives.
- Provide work direction and instruction including task assignment, work instructions.
- Attempts to correct problems with performance or work habits.
- Provides feedback to manager on performance for the purpose of performance reviews, disciplinary situations or for the recognition of commendable work.
- May assist the supervisor in the hiring process.
- Provides safety training for seasonal/temporary employees.
- Supervises jail crew, community service workers and volunteers including task assignment and work instruction as assigned.
3. Works with Volunteer Coordinator to promote and solicit for volunteers for the Adopt-a-Flower bed program.
- Leads the implementation for the Adopt-a-Flower Bed program. Includes training, education and supervision of volunteers on design, plant selection, planting and maintenance of landscape beds
- Assists with the Adopt-a-Park program by coordinating with other park maintenance staff.
4. Fosters partnerships with Colorado State University, Center for Resource Conservation, Plant Select, local garden clubs, etc to promote and support the Horticulture program.
5. Oversees workgroup snow removal functions. Coordinates with on-call snow supervisors to ensure effective snow removal operations.
6. Assists Forestry staff with basic tree care activities. Includes pruning small trees and shrubs, assisting with contracted services and tree safety inspections, watering and mulching trees, storm cleanup and conducting insect and disease surveys
7. Assists Urban Resources Integrated Pest Management crew as needed. Includes noxious weed surveys, mechanical and chemical control of weeds and pest monitoring. Attend regional noxious weed trainings and conferences.
8. Properly and safely uses a variety of machinery, equipment and tools to accomplish tasks and trains others in their safe and appropriate use. Performs routine maintenance on related machinery, equipment and tools.
9. Stays up to date on job related issues such as technical procedures, safety issues, product development and technology improvements.
10. May work irregular hours, weekends, evenings, holidays, and or emergencies as required to respond to Parks system problems including, irrigation system problems, site safety issues, snow removal etc.
11. Coordinate with Risk Management to ensure appropriate work group staff training personal and public safety.
- Performs related duties as required by management to meet the needs of the city.
- Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and reports all accidents and damage to city property.
- Responsible for knowing and complying with all City and departmental policies; and participating in professional training and development.
- Performs all duties in an ethical and objective manner with both the public's and the city's employees' interest in mind.
- Must be able to work in a changing environment with the focus towards the delivery of enhanced customer service and utilization of resources in a safe and effective manner.
Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.