The purpose of this classification is to assist with the planning, implementing and maintaining City landscapes and to assist in supervising the day-to-day operations and staff involved in the same.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Assists in supervising, directing, and evaluating assigned staff: develops and oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; compiles and reviews timesheets; approves/processes employee concerns and problems and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; assists with or completes employee performance appraisals; directs work; acts as a liaison between employees and management; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures.
Assists in organizing, prioritizing, and assigning work: prioritizes and schedules work activities in order to meet objectives; ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to management; and assists with the revision of procedure manuals as appropriate.
Assists in the planning, directing and monitoring the landscape design, development, and maintenance programs of all City-owned parks, right-of-ways, gardens and other areas as assigned: creates landscape designs, including plant selection and special events; determines schedules for mowing, fertilization, soil conditioning, top dressing, pesticide application, irrigation, pruning, and planting; and ensures established quality controls are followed.
Supervises and participates in a variety of landscaping duties: plants flowers, trees, sod, and shrubs; clears leaves, tree limbs, trash and other debris; spreads and hauls ground cover, dirt, or mulch; prunes trees and shrubs; weeds flower beds; applies fertilizer and pesticides; waters plants; installs plants and decorations of special events; and maintains related documentation.
Maintains inventory of equipment, supplies and materials: ensures adequate inventory to complete work assignments; prepares purchase orders; ensures preventive and other maintenance for equipment; and maintains related documentation. .
Makes recommendations regarding department budget requests: monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; and maintains and submits related documentation.
Provides guidance, direction and technical expertise to other City departments, neighborhood associations, gardening clubs, and others: assists with the development and review of technical plans and blue prints for public grounds; recommends plant selection and plant maintenance; assists with special event planning and implementation; and assists with related training classes and workshops.
Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individual; and initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
Operates or uses various equipment, power tools, hand tools, and supplies in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains mowers, tractors, chemical sprayers and other power or motorized equipment.
Communicates with supervisor, other employees, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
Performs other related duties as required.
Data Utilization: Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
Human Interaction: Requires the ability to act as a first-line supervisor, including instructing, assigning and reviewing work, maintaining standards, coordinating activities, and evaluating employee job performance.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information, such as work logs, schedules, purchase orders and invoices, maintenance records, and landscape plans and designs.
Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).
Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, heights, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites.
Employment offer contingent upon satisfactory results from required pre-employment background, physical and drug screen.
Employment includes full benefits: medical, dental, vision, SC State Retirement, Life Insurance, etc.
The City of Orangeburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. THE CITY OF ORANGEBURG IS AN AT-WILL EMPLOYER.
Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture or a related field required; supplemented by two years of experience in landscape design and maintenance to include lead or supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid South Carolina driver’s license. Must possess and maintain Pesticide Applicator license.
Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all City or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.
Additional Salary Information: Full benefits including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance; SC State Retirement pension plan,etc.
Internal Number: 7045
About City of Orangeburg
Orangeburg, also known as The Garden City, is the principal city in and the county seat of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, United States. The population of the city was 13,964 according to the 2010 United States Census, with an additional 60,000 just outside the City's footprint. The city is located 37 miles southeast of Columbia, on the north fork of the Edisto River in the Piedmont area.
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