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University/Agency Illinois State University
Civil Service Classification Horticulturist
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Posting Duration 11/29/2022 - 12/8/2022
Probationary Period 6 months

Job Description

Prepares plant selection, care and maintenance programs for campus green spaces, greenhouses, lawns, trees, shrubs, and other plant material and directs the work of those completing these programs. Supervises greenhouse operations. Assists with preparation of landscape designs and may be assigned to manage landscape projects. Conducts inspections and assessments of plant materials. Participates in budget activities for area or responsibility. Supervises direct report staff. Participates in Tree Campus Higher Education Committee planning and events.


Required Qualifications
1. Bachelor's degree in Horticulture or a closely related field.
2. One (1) year (12 months) of work experience in s supervisory capacity in landscape construction or maintenance.
3. Must complete a post-offer pre-employment physical. Employment is contingent on the successful results of the physical.

Desired Qualifications
1. Must have a valid State of Illinois driver’s license
2. Knowledge of planting, care and maintenance of lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers including chemical applications, inspection, and assessment of plants.
3. Experience developing design plans for greenspaces.
4. Eligibility for licensure to apply pesticides under the Illinois Pesticide Act, the category of the license depending on the nature of the work to be performed; the license must be obtained within the probationary period
5. Knowledge of and previous experience supervising greenhouse operations.
6. Experience with the tools and equipment required to successfully perform job duties.
7. Project management experience in supervising landscape projects of varying sizes.
8. Experience in preparing budgets for Grounds projects, annual planting needs and purchase or replacement of equipment.
9. Strong communication skills in order to interact with the general public as well as other University personnel.




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Contact Information

University/Agency Illinois State University
Department/College Human Resources
Contact Colette Homan
Phone Number 309-438-8311
Comments Please fully complete the entire application including, but not limited to, the education and work history portions. Be specific on your work history, including employment dates (if part-time you must list the number of work hours) and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Please do not put "see resume" in the duties and responsibilities section of the work history. This will be considered an incomplete application and incomplete applications will not be considered.

College or university transcripts (may be unofficial) must be submitted prior to the application deadline to receive full consideration. Transcripts can either be uploaded with your application or submitted via the options listed below.

To be eligible for Veteran's Preference points on the exam, appropriate military service documentation such as a DD-214 must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

Transcripts and/or military service documentation may be faxed or mailed to Human Resources by the application deadline:

Fax: 309.438.0011, Attn: Colette Homan
Address: Illinois State University
Human Resources
Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790-1300

The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials and responses to the supplemental questions. No participation other than submission of applicant materials is required from applicants that qualify to take the exam. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score calculated based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the department for interview.

Illinois State University is authorized to do business within the State of Illinois. All work under this appointment is required to be performed from within the State of Illinois. If hired, out-of-state candidates must establish Illinois residency within 180 calendar days from the start date for this position. Illinois residency requires proof of a valid Illinois driver’s license or a valid State of Illinois ID card. Failure to produce the required documentation within 180 calendar days will result in immediate termination of employment.