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Groundskeeper, Horticultural Worker
Category: Horticulture


Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014

Groundskeeper, Horticultural Worker

Pennsylvania State University

The Office of Physical Plant is looking for a horticultural worker to select plant materials, design plant combinations, and coordinate campus planting with Campus Landscape Architect.  Layout flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf on campus.  Organize plant material orders.  Keep accurate records.  Lead and direct the work of and train full-time and part-time employees in the correct methods and procedures required to manage horticultural plantings.  In conjunction with immediate supervisor, compile daily work schedules, plan and inspect work related to horticultural plantings.  Inspect plant material for disease, insect, or mechanical damage.  Perform routine maintenance on, and modifications to, a variety of nursery and greenhouse equipment.  Maintain watering systems, sprayers, etc.  Repair or replace faulty plumbing.  Set up and maintain electrical devices such as time clocks, control units and fans.  Interpret simple sketches and/or specifications.  Establish sub-grades and finish grades for planting beds and turf.  Plant, water, transplant, prune, fertilize, cultivate, and maintain nursery, greenhouse crops, and campus plantings.  Select, mix, and apply pesticides to nursery, greenhouse crops, and campus plantings as required.  Prepare proper soil mixes.  Move heavy materials such as soil, stone, wood chips, compost, soil mixes, fertilizers, and plant materials as required in nursery and greenhouse operations.  Refer problems to group leaders, foreman, and supervisors.  Operate trucks, tractors, hi-lift, backhoe, skid steer loader, tree spade, mowers, spreaders, and other landscape equipment as required.  Adjust, clean, oil and grease equipment.  Inspect water level, anti-freeze, engine oil, air filters, and air pressure of tires on equipment.  Repair and adjust equipment as required.  Remove snow and ice from walks, roads, parking lots, and shrubbery.  Spread cinders and other anti-skid material on walks, roads, and parking lots.  Remove brush, leaves, grass clippings, paper, spoil, cinders, and rubbish from walks, roads, curbs, parking lots, lawns, and other University property.

Job Requirements:   Requires the use of shop mathematics together with the use of complicated drawings, specifications, charts, tables, various types of adjustable measuring instruments and the training generally applicable in a particular or specialized occupation.  Equivalent to 1 to 3 years applied trades training.  Requires PA CDL Class B drivers license and PA Certified Applicator's license, category 6 and 7.  Over 9 months up to and including 12 months of effective experience. 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Apply to job 52560 at http://apptrkr.com/503438

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:   For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to  http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/ , which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. 

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