Horticulture Specialist

City of Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ4.1

30+ days ago
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About The Position
This position oversees maintenance operations at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. The 74 acre complex is made up of 10 sand based soccer fields. It plays host to multiple flat field sport practices, regional and national level tournaments.

Selection Process: Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include a panel interview and an assessment exercise. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include:
Criminal Background screening for the past 7 years
Motor Vehicle Department Records Check
Drug Screening

Education and Experience:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution in Agronomy, Horticulture, Botany or a closely related field.
One year of experience relating to golf course maintenance, parks maintenance, or sports field maintenance.
Must have at least one year of Lead or Supervisory experience.
An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:
Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
Within six months of hire, an Arizona Pest Control Applicator certification possessing Category 1 (Industrial and Institutional), Category 3 (Ornamental & Turf) and Category 4 (Right-of-Way) must be obtained.
Preferred: International Society of Arboricultural (ISA) Certified Arborist, Extension Turf Grass Certification, Certified SportField Manager and/or Arizona Certified Landscape Professional.
Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of:
Landscaping and ground maintenance principles and practices.
Nutrient requirements of cool and warm season turf grasses and mowing practices.
Effective supervisory techniques and budget management competency.
Proper horticulture practices for sand based sports fields.
Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies.

Ability to:
Make mathematical calculations.
Listen, communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of people.
Proficiently operate a personal computer to complete timesheet, word processing and e-mail operations.
Comprehend and make inferences from written material and written and verbal instructions.
Maintain detailed records of maintenance activities and completed work orders.
Interpret assignments from blueprints, sketches and material takeoffs.
Calibrate fertilizer and herbicide application.
Install and remove sod.
Prepare quality reports outlining work performed, materials used and project costs.
Prepare and monitor a maintenance budget.
Prioritize activities and issues.
Establish effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, contractors, outside groups and organizations and the general public.
Follow established Policies and Procedures.
Complete OSHA/Safety training as required.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:
Supervises the maintenance operations of sports field complexes.
Plans, observes and directs a variety of ground maintenance activities.
Establishes weekly and quarterly maintenance schedules/ calendars and prepares maintenance budget.
Monitors maintenance budget and orders supplies.
Operates and maintains heavy equipment: front end loader, backhoe, dump truck, boom truck, power sprayer, trencher, tractor, turf sweeper, reel mower, verticutter and sod cutter.
Establishes sports field dimension diagrams and field layouts.
Programs irrigation system and adhere to established water allocation and sets flow rates. Works closely with the Irrigation Control Technician.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Seldom sedentary and includes walking or moving. Work sometimes involves climbing ladders and working at heights greater than ten (10) feet, bending and stooping repeatedly, lifting arms above head, and moderate muscular exertion and lifting.
Visual and muscular dexterity to operate equipment, hand tools, computer, telephone and two-way radio.
Lift and carry materials weighing over 90 pounds.
Sit for extended periods of time while driving a City vehicle or equipment maintaining constant vigilance to the surrounding area.
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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.