Green House Worker

  • CITY OF BIRMINGHAM, AL
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services

Job Description

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Grade 9
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CLOSE DATE
12/31/2021

SUMMARY

Green House Workers assist in the propagation of flowers, plants, and shrubs in a greenhouse to provide plants for use by the jurisdiction for displays. Work involves performing a variety of horticultural tasks such as watering plants, mixing soil, pruning plants, and setting up plant displays. Work also involves inspecting plants for disease and infestations and handling horticultural chemicals as needed. An employee in this job receives specific assignments and instructions that are assigned by oral or written work orders. The employee works as instructed and consults with the supervisor as needed on all matters not specifically covered in the original instructions. Work is reviewed by the supervisor daily for adherence to policies and procedures and through regular performance evaluations. Work is also reviewed for completeness and accuracy.

TYPICAL JOB DUTIES:
  • Diagnoses problems with plants by inspecting plants for diseases and insects, correctly identifying the problem(s), determining the type(s) of chemical needed to treat the problem(s), and mixing and applying the correct chemical(s) to the plants.
  • Performs horticultural tasks such as watering, mixing soil, planting and propagating plants, pruning plants, setting up plant displays, and delivering plant materials in order to ensure plants are grown and cared for correctly.
  • Maintains the greenhouse's inventory by counting the number and types of plants, making requests for needed supplies and equipment, and unloading delivery trucks.
  • Maintains proper environmental control conditions by ensuring greenhouse is sterilized prior to use, regulating temperature, humidity, ventilation, and other conditions within the greenhouse, and making minor repairs to greenhouse equipment.
  • Assists with the movement/storage of materials and plants and in the maintenance of the facility and grounds.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

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.
  • Driver's license.
  • Experience working in a greenhouse or horticultural setting to include identifying plants, plant care, watering practices, propagation, cultivation.
  • Experience identifying common problems and/or symptoms with plants (e.g., disease, insect infestation).


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Alabama Pest Control Applicator's license.
  • Coursework in horticulture or related field.
  • Experience growing in both cool and warm-season crops.


COMPETENCIES:
  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Customer Service.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Written Communication and Comprehension.


CRITICAL KNOWLEDGES:
  • Knowledge of how to control the spread of disease due to vectors, pests, and poisonous plants (e.g., natural and source reduction methods, and reduction of favorable conditions for growth).
  • 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 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 principles and practices of plant care, propagation, and cultivation.
  • Knowledge of the symptoms and treatments of common diseases and insects which attack plants and/or turf grass.
  • Knowledge of types and use of lawn and plant care chemicals, including the correct method for mixing chemicals, chemical formulations, and when, where, and how to spray chemicals.
  • Knowledge of various plant types and growth patterns including the appropriate methods for planting various plant types.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • Work is performed primarily in outdoor settings such as gardens and greenhouses year-round.
  • Work involves the use of gardening/landscaping tools (e.g., pruning shears, shovels, rakes) as well as the use of various types of heavy equipment (e.g., bobcat, gator, backhoe).


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Job involves physical exertion required for sustained periods of moderate activity such as digging holes, loading/unloading materials, or extended standing.
  • May involve frequent lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.


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.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

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/

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.

Job Address

Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map