Horticultural Specialty Grower

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 17, 2021
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services

Job Description

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Horticultural Specialty Growers schedule and review work of employees who plan and prepare the type, quantity, and growing schedule of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees to be maintained in a greenhouse or other environmentally controlled structures. Work involves propagating and caring for plants and other landscaping materials including diagnosing and treating plants. Horticultural Specialty Growers develop deadlines, projects, and work to be done in consultation with supervisors and other staff. Horticultural Specialty Growers plan and carry out assignments, resolves conflicts, coordinates the work with others, and interprets policies in terms of established objectives. Work assignments are received orally or through written instructions from the supervisor. Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed periodically by a supervisor for quality of work and results achieved. The employee also keeps the supervisor informed on progress and potentially controversial matters.

  • Creates and plans growing schedules.
  • Assists horticultural staff in propagating, caring for, and dispersing plants and other landscaping materials for practical and aesthetic purposes.
  • Provides service to internal and/or external customers.
  • Maintains proper greenhouse environmental control conditions.
  • Diagnoses and treats problems with plants.
  • Supervises staff by assigning and distributing work, directing staff in their job duties, monitoring the progress of work, providing feedback and/or training.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board's job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

Option A:
  • Driver's license.
  • Alabama State Ornamental Turf Pesticide Custodial (OTPC) Permit.
  • Experience caring for (e.g., growing, planting, inventorying) a variety of plants (e.g., shrubs, crops, trees) throughout all four growing seasons.
  • Experience identifying and treating plant diseases and insect infestations.
  • Experience working in a greenhouse using control systems to regulate environmental factors (e.g., humidity, temperature, carbon dioxide, sunlight, etc.).

Option B:
  • Driver's license.
  • Alabama State Ornamental Turf Pesticide Custodial (OTPC) Permit.
  • Experience caring for (e.g., growing, planting, inventorying) a variety of plants (e.g., shrubs, crops, trees) throughout all four growing seasons.
  • Experience identifying and treating plant diseases and insect infestations.
  • Coursework or training related to greenhouse operations (e.g., horticulture, crop production, sustainable landscape, etc.).

  • Alabama State Ornamental Turf Pesticide Supervisor (OTPS) Permit.
  • Associate's degree or higher in horticulture or related field (e.g., ornamental horticulture, landscaping, turf management, etc.).
  • 1 year of experience working in a greenhouse.

  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of landscape design principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of proper handling and use of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and other plant-related chemicals.
  • Knowledge of proper planting techniques (e.g., spacing, depth).
  • Knowledge of soil classifications (e.g., characteristics and criteria for use).
  • Knowledge of standard methods and practices involved in propagating, cultivating, and caring for various types of plants (e.g., flowers, shrubs, turfgrass, etc.).
  • Knowledge of temperature, soil, and weather conditions of different growing seasons and growing regions.
  • Knowledge of the care and maintenance of grass, shrubs, trees, and flowers and methods of treatment for blights, fungi, insects, parasites, and diseases that may affect them.
  • Knowledge of the design and maintenance of irrigation systems.
  • Knowledge of the symptoms and treatments of common diseases and insects which attack plants and/or turf grass.
  • Knowledge of various plant types and growth patterns including the appropriate methods for planting various plant types.

  • Work is performed both within employer-owned facilities such as a workshop, or greenhouse and in field locations such as a park or garden.
  • Work involves use of various hand tools such as shovels and other gardening tools.
  • Work is performed using pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals.

  • Job involves moderate physical exertion required for occasional prolonged periods of lifting, carrying, stooping, kneeling, or crouching.
  • May involve regular lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Work involves physical ability necessary to visually inspecting fine details in order to identify similarities and differences in colors, shapes, textures, or physical appearance associated with job-related objects or materials.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at ADAO@pbjcal.org, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website: http://www.pbjcal.org/


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map