Performs skilled gardening and technical work and acts as a working lead person over a small crew involved in the care and maintenance/propagation of indoor and outdoor plants, shrubs, grasses, and trees at the Tulsa International Airport.
- Performs plant maintenance to permanent and seasonal ornamental plant displays, including watering, weeding, planting, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, trimming, turf grass establishment, and landscape construction
- May supervise and participate in the work of a crew in the care, propagation and cultivation of ornamental plants, grasses, shrubs, trees, bulbs
- May determines maintenance schedules and assign, instruct, lead, and review the work of a crew of employees
- Inspects for, identifies, and makes technical decisions in the determination of the appropriate timing and control methods of pests, diseases, physical environment, and cultural practices to prevent problems/enhance production on interior and exterior ornamental plantings
- Calibrates spray equipment, mixes and applies pesticides (including restricted use types), fertilizers, and chemicals to seasonal and permanent ornamental plant displays, turf grasses, and/or instructs others in their use and application
- Estimates materials, equipment, tools, and supply requirements for maintenance schedules and projects
- Maintains a variety of records and logs use of materials and supplies; orders and issues materials and supplies; and writes various reports
- Researches and evaluates new tools and equipment, horticultural practices and methods, pesticides, fertilizers, and evaluates Airport horticulture needs
- Operates and maintains a variety of light and heavy equipment (including automotive), tools, machinery
- Maintains and performs minor repairs to irrigation systems
- Conducts routine safety inspections of the grounds and gardens
- Trains other personnel in the care and propagation of ornamental plants and horticultural techniques
- This position is part the snow crew and subject to provide coverage outside their normal schedule during snow and emergency events.
Training and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree in horticulture, arboriculture, botany, or a closely related field; and 2 years experience in ornamental gardening work. Prior leadership and/or supervisory experience preferred.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Good knowledge of landscaping principles and practices; good knowledge of the common varieties of turf, plants and trees used in landscape work and the methods of eradicating and preventing associated diseases and pests; good knowledge of the methods of seeding, propagating, cultivating, fertilizing, pruning, spraying, and otherwise caring for plants and trees in both indoor and outdoor environments; demonstrated record of adhering to safety requirements of the work performed. Ability to plan, lead, and provide technical direction to other employees; ability to write clearly and legibly; ability to calculate rates of chemical application and calibrate equipment; and the ability to understand and influence the behavior of others within the organization, customers, or the public in order to achieve job objectives and cause action or understanding.
Physical Requirements: Physical requirements include frequent walking and standing; frequent lifting up to 60 pounds; occasional carrying up to 50 pounds; frequent bending, kneeling, handling, reaching, balancing, crawling, feeling, climbing, smelling, twisting, and talking; and vision, speech and hearing sufficient to perform the essential tasks.
Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire; possession of an Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture Certified Applicator's Permit in the Ornamental and Turf Category preferred; ability to obtain and maintain eligibility to hold a Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) badge.
Working Environment: Working environment is primarily outdoors and occasionally indoors, and in inclement weather. May be exposed to the following: hazardous materials, flammable liquids, traffic, excessive dust, weather/extreme temperatures, rough terrains, cutting/chipping/grinding, damp/wet surfaces, snow/ice covered surfaces, insect bites, poisonous plants, snake bites, overhead power lines, toxic fumes/vapors/odors, confined space, high noises, and refuse/garbage/litter/animal waste.