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Horticulture Technician

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Do you have a passion for plants and love working outside collaborating with a team? If this sounds like you, Montgomery Parks is the place you want to be. We are seeking a Horticulture Technician to join our Horticulture Crew. The position is key to assisting in the design, plant selection, installation and care of trees and landscapes throughout Parks. Working closely with the Lead Gardener, the Horticulture Technician will assist with training less knowledgeable staff; diagnosing and resolving plant problems; maintaining community gardens and native plant gardens at nature centers.

The position reports to Pope Farm Nursery, Montgomery Park’s premiere plant production facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As part of the Horticulture, Forestry and Environmental Education Division, you will be surrounded by staff who will inspire you to expand your horticulture knowledge even further. Go to our website to learn more about the work of the HFEE Division:

Job Duties

Assists in crafting simple landscape designs and selecting plant material
Prepares planting soil in landscape beds to promote plant growth
Plants, transplants and nurtures trees, shrubs, and perennials
Performs plant maintenance including pruning, watering, weed removal and pest management
Assists in training less experienced staff in horticulture techniques
Diagnoses plant health problems and employs techniques to resolve them
Performs work in Community Gardens including maintenance, deliveries, and debris collection
Assists in maintaining Nature Center native plant interpretative gardens
Operates landscape equipment, hand and power tools and performs preventative maintenance and minor tool and equipment repairs

Job Qualifications

High school graduate or GED, and four years of progressively responsible experience in grounds keeping, building maintenance, or park maintenance; and demonstrated ability to read and understand materials and instructions and write routine records and reports; or

2. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

3. A valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's licenses must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required of their position.

4. Pass Commission medical examination.

5. Additionally, contingent upon area of assignment, some positions in this class may require:

a. Registration as a Pesticide Applicator with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section, within twelve months of hire.

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