Horticulturist - Miami University in Oxford Ohio

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Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

United States


Detailed Job Description

Performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks related to growing and maintaining plants on University grounds.


Plans, schedules, and directs the planting, cultivation, propagation, and care of turf, flowers, ground covers, shrubs, and trees; assigns duties to subordinate employees; schedules and directs the application of fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc.; schedules, directs and performs minor hardscape installation; determines the priority of horticultural work assignments and/or activities; guides and gives technical assistance in the performance of employees' assigned duties; supervises work in progress to insure that proper and satisfactory horticultural methods, work schedules, safety and other work standards are being maintained; instructs, demonstrates, and otherwise trains grounds-keeping employees in proper horticultural methods, techniques, use of related equipment, plant identification, insect and disease identification, treatment etc. to develop maximum effectiveness and consistency of performance; coordinates the activities of assigned functions with other departmental and/or University organizational units as required; initiates purchase of horticultural supplies; prepares and maintains records and reports and provides assistance with projects and procedures as needed.

Physical effort usually requires considerable standing, walking, climbing, and operating equipment.  Some lifting of materials weighing up to 70 pounds.  Periodic assignments given which entail dealing with modestly unpleasant physical situations.  There may be considerable noise generated by machine operation and some machinery and chemical usage may present an element of personal risk of injury.

1)  Grows plants from seeds or cuttings; replants in designated area; waters, weeds, and applies fertilizer, pesticides, water and fungicides.

2)  Plans and implements landscape settings and floral designs using various plants; may grow plants and provide other assistance in faculty research projects.

3)  Monitors plants; inspects for disease, insect infestation, or other damage; makes diagnosis for damaged plants and applies appropriate treatment.

4)  Initiates the purchase of horticultural supplies and equipment; maintains inventory of supplies.

5)  Maintains files and records of work done; oversees facilities and reports any maintenance problems.

6)  Oversees student workers; may oversee classified staff; establishes schedule and assigns tasks; sets priorities; monitors and reviews performance.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires nine months of training beyond high school in Horticulture and two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Requires pesticide applicator's and driver's license.  

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of plant care techniques; knowledge of office equipment and computer; supervisory skills; mechanical skills.

  • Possess a strong working knowledge of horticultural plant management
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of turf care management.
  • Possess the ability to work with contractors and in-house project managers on landscape projects.
  • Possess basic MS Office skills.

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Keyword Phrases

  • Grounds
  • Horticulturist
  • #1 Nationally for best teaching
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Inclusive, equitable working environment
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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