GREENHOUSE GARDENER SERIES

 

 

Occ. Work Prob. Effective

Code No. Class Title Area Area Period Date

1979 Greenhouse Gardener I 07 007 6 mo. 08/02/82

1980 Greenhouse Gardener II 07 007 6 mo. 08/02/82

 

 

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Series Narrative

Employees in positions allocated to this series participate in and/or supervise the operation of research and/or teaching greenhouses and related gardens and beds. They assist researchers in horticulture, agronomy, soils or botany with greenhouse research. They are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the greenhouse facilities and related gardens. They perform general routine maintenance of greenhouse structures and garden.

 

Greenhouse Gardeners typically

 

--administers watering and fertility program

 

--prepares growing media by mixing, amending, and disinfecting

 

--maintains proper temperature and light regimes

 

--propagates plants from seed and cuttings, makes grafts, and prunes plants

 

--controls insects and disease in the greenhouse and gardens

 

--prepares outdoor beds, makes plantings, and maintains ornamental plants

 

The series does not include positions whose primary functions are--

 

--nursery maintenance or production

 

--orchard maintenance

 

--fieldwork with agronomic crops or pastures

 

DESCRIPTIONS OF LEVELS OF WORK

 

Level I: Greenhouse Gardener I 1979

Employees at this level, under general supervision, perform work in the operation of research greenhouses and in the planting and cultivating of greenhouse plants and related plots or gardens.

 

A Greenhouse Gardener I typically

 

1.   regulates light, temperature, water, humidity, and fertility regimes for various greenhouse crops

 

2.   performs work involved in seeding, cropping, propagation, watering, spraying and cultivation of vegetables, fruit plants, ornamentals, and turf grown in the greenhouse or related gardens

 

3.   mixes, amends, and disinfects soil, peat, and other ingredients for plant growth media

 

4.   identifies common insects and diseases; applies pesticides, fertilizers, and growth regulators

 

5.   transplant plants and/or turf

 

6.   maintains experimental plots

 

7.   prunes plants to correct form

 

8.   performs routine maintenance and repair of greenhouse and agriculture machinery and equipment

 

9.   operates small house and garden equipment (such as small tractors, tillers, soil steam chambers, soil shredders, greenhouse vents and cooling units, greenhouse heaters, growth chambers, walk-in coolers, pesticide sprayers, and fertilizer injectors)

 

10.   performs seedage techniques including seed harvesting and stratification procedure

 

11.   performs other related duties as assigned

 

 

Level II:  Greenhouse Gardener II 1980

Employees at this level, under direction, are responsible for and participate in the operation of research greenhouses and related plots or gardens.

 

A Greenhouse Gardener II typically

 

1.   trains, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of subordinate employees engaged in the cultivation and care of turf, trees, shrubbery, and other plant materials in the greenhouses and on the grounds

 

2.   participates in the selection and discipline of subordinate employees

 

3.   make periodic inspections of greenhouse crops, plant collections, and grounds, initiating actions to maintain optimum growth as required

 

4.   assists researchers by monitoring crops, providing routine cultural assistance, and developing experimental plots

 

5.   educates students, researchers, and subordinate employees in the safe and proper use of pesticide and equipment; enforces safety regulations

 

6.   supervises and participates in the maintenance and repair of greenhouse and agricultural machinery and equipment

 

7.   recommends the purchase and/or replacement of greenhouse equipment ire

 

8.   maintains inventory of material and supplies needed in greenhouse and garden operations

 

9.   maintains necessary records of general greenhouse and garden work performed and pesticide applications

 

10.   supervises field layout and construction of display beds and borders of annual and perennial plants

 

11.   prepares spraying and feeding program for care and maintenance of all greenhouse and garden plants

 

12.   prepares greenhouse operating program for propagating and growing plants used in display gardens and for decoration

 

13.   performs other related duties as assigned

 

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO:

 

Level I:  Greenhouse Gardener I 1979

 

CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER

 

1.   (A)   two years of work experience in greenhouse crop production or research greenhouses; and related gardens

 

or

 

(B)   30 semester hours of college credit for coursework in greenhouse management, floriculture, general horticulture, plant propagation, vegetable production, taxonomy of cultivated plants, plant physiology, and basis soils

 

or

 

(C)  any combination of education and experience as described above which totals two years[1]

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB

 

1.   knowledge of the propagation, planting, care, and maintenance of horticultural and agronomic crops

 

2.   knowledge of greenhouse and garden operations and equipment used in both greenhouses and gardens

 

3.   knowledge of greenhouse and equipment maintenance

 

4.   knowledge of plant insects, disease, and methods of control

 

 

Level II:  Greenhouse Gardener II 1980

 

CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER

 

1.   (A)   five years of work experience in greenhouse management and crop production in greenhouse and related gardens or in the operation of research greenhouses and related gardens

 

(B)   B.S. Degree in Horticulture

 

and

 

two years of work experience in greenhouse management and crop production in greenhouse and related gardens or in the operation of research greenhouses and related gardens

 

or

 

(C)   any combination of education and experience as described above which totals five years, with a minimum of two years of work experience1

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB

 

1.   supervisory ability

 

2.   knowledge of plant physiology and plant growth and morphogenesis

 

3.   knowledge of soil structure and function

 

4.   knowledge of greenhouse heating and cooling systems

 

5.   knowledge of pesticide application techniques and safety

 

6.   knowledge of greenhouse and garden insects and disease; ability to identify the pest and select proper control measures

 

 

 

 

Greenhouse Gardener I................................................................................................................ New

Greenhouse Gardener II............................................................................................................... New

 



[1]College coursework must be evaluated on the basis of 1.25 semester hours of credit being equivalent to one month in computing combinations of education and experience as provided above.