Gardener - Birmingham

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jan 30, 2023
Full Time Parks and Recreation

Job Description

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Gardeners are responsible for performing manual and skilled tasks in the professional care of flowers, plants, and shrubs. Employees in this position prep soil and/or beds for planting, use chemicals to treat plant diseases/infestations, maintain the overall appearance of assigned plant areas, and perform various administrative tasks (e.g., record keeping, attending meetings, inventory maintenance). Gardeners have no supervisory responsibilities of subordinate personnel, and are required to work in outdoor settings such as parks, landscaped areas, botanical gardens, and greenhouses.

  • 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.
  • Applies fertilizer, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and other chemicals used in gardening using appropriate equipment and procedures.
  • Assists with the movement/storage of materials and plants and in the maintenance of the facility and grounds.
  • Maintains appearance of assigned work areas by removing debris/litter, mowing, edging, and completing other lawn care tasks, maintaining recreation fields according to specifications, and making minor repairs to equipment.
  • Mows, rakes, blows, edges, and weeds lawns in parks and other landscaped areas using equipment such as lawn mowers, string trimmer, rakes, and tractors.
  • Plans and prepares work activities by meeting with supervisors, keeping record, developing landscape plans/landscape design, planning work that needs to be completed, and identifying the tools needed to complete the job.
  • Plants and cares for flowers, shrubs, trees, and other plants by digging holes, laying mulch, watering plants, and trimming/pruning plants to ensure healthy plant growth.
  • Preps soil/beds for planting by removing weeds, tilling, plowing, or turning soil, installing sprinkler systems, aerating soil, conditioning soil by adding additives, and leveling beds to ensure soil/beds are ready for plants and to promote healthy plant growth.


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.
  • Paid work experience caring for and maintaining plants and landscapes (e.g., plant identification, pruning, planting, watering) using a variety of landscape equipment (mowers, edgers, pruners, shears, saws, etc.).
  • Paid work experience mixing/applying chemicals to treat plant problems (e.g., weeds, plant diseases, insect infestations).
  • Must be able to obtain an Alabama Pesticide Applicator's License (custodial or supervisory) within 90 days of being appointed to the position (if required by jurisdiction).


Preferred Qualifications are examples of experience and education considered to be highly desirable by hiring agencies.
  • Alabama Pesticide Applicator's License (custodial or supervisory).
  • Bachelor's degree in horticulture (or related field) obtained from an accredited university.
  • Experience operating heavy equipment such as tractors, bobcat, front-end loaders, and forklifts.

  • 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.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • 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 tree and plant sanitation practices, such as removal of diseased or insect filled limbs, to prevent plant disease and lessen the chance of insect problems.
  • 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 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).

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.


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, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


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