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General Information


Job title: Maintenance Technician [Horticultural]
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Job location: New York City, NY  10014 United States
Requisition code: HRPT-03152013MTH
Date posted: 01/29/13
Job type: Full-Time
Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with level of experience and training. Excellent benefits package including: paid holidays, vacation time, sick and personal time, medical, dental and vision insurance, and participation in New York State Pension System. The position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement between HRPT and Local 30 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO.
Job Category:Spacer ImageGrounds Management
Lawn Care
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Job Description

Job description:
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Reports to: Director of Horticulture
Uniformed: Yes Hours/Week: 37.5 OT Required: Yes FLSA: Non-Exempt

Hudson River Park Trust seeks to fill a full time permanent position in its Horticulture unit with a qualified individual who is knowledgeable about plant maintenance and have at least 1-3 years’ experience. The position pays a competitive salary commensurate with level of experience and training and offer excellent benefits.

The Horticultural Maintenance Technician will undertake a variety of daily horticultural maintenance tasks. S/he will be responsible for executing assignments relating to the care of geographically designated zones and as well as team based projects. This position reports to the Director of Horticulture.

The overall purpose of this position is to provide the daily “hands-on” physical labor (lifting, squatting, bending, etc.) required to keep all landscaped areas (both formal and informal) in a safe and operable condition. The Horticultural Maintenance Technician may also supervise temporary/seasonal workers assigned to a geographically assigned zone of the park. Overtime, shift/weekend and/or holiday work will be required. This is a uniformed position, with uniforms provided by HRPT.

A successful candidate for this job should have knowledge of general horticultural practices and methods, irrigation system maintenance/operation, plant/weed identification, and plant health assessment/remediation. The responsibilities/duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

? Install (and/or remove when necessary), horticultural soils, mulch, turf and plant materials (i.e. canopy trees, understory plants, groundcovers, perennial/annual displays, turf, etc.).

? Maintain turf areas including but not limited to, mowing, trimming, edging, maintaining bed lines, aerating, dethatching, topdressing, overseeding, adjustment of grades and drainage, etc.
? Maintain horticultural assets and planting beds (canopy trees, plants, groundcovers and annuals/perennials) including but not limited to damage/corrective/structural pruning, cabling and staking, transplanting, weeding, deadheading, thinning, hand watering, etc.

? Scout for and identify pest and disease infestations in turf and plant materials and follow up with the Director of Horticulture by requesting direction for proper testing/treatment.

? Obtain/maintain a pesticide applicator’s license (as required by law), apply organic and inorganic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc. to turf and plant materials as directed by the Director of Horticulture in compliance with the Trust’s IPM Policy. All training and license expenses will be paid by HRPT.

? Clean all lawn/hardscape areas and plant beds of leaves, trash, and other forms of debris, etc. resulting from daily operations, specific tasks, or special events.

? Inspect, monitor, operate, maintain, repair, and program irrigation systems and all components thereof.

? Perform snow and ice removal activities as directed, including the operation of specialized equipment, manual labor, and application of deicing products.

Safely operate tools and equipment in compliance with all federal, state, and local safety requirements including but not limited to: trucks, off road vehicles (standard and automatic transmissions), specialized equipment (aerator/overseeder, wheel loader, ride on mower, skid steer loader, etc.) small power equipment (string trimmers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, dethatcher, etc.) and hand tools (hand saws, felco pruners, rakes, brooms, shovels, etc.).

? Complete work orders and daily tasks as assigned, track time, resources and materials used on a daily basis, complete reports and make notifications in line with policies and procedures. The position will require learning HRPT’s Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMSS).

• Supervise temporary/seasonal staff and volunteer groups as necessary; exhibit leadership qualities by providing a good example in terms of quality of work, punctual and regular attendance; maintain a proactive work ethic, exhibit professionalism and conduct as a representative of HRPT. Must be highly motivated and able to work independently and in a team setting.

? Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with immediate supervisor and other staff. Must be able to communicate with the HRPT’s Operations Desk in line with policy and procedure concerning incidents or issues within the park which require attention.

? Perform basic duties of other Department staff on a “fill-in” basis as directed or required commensurate with need and incumbent’s level of skill; be available for “stand-by” work on a predetermined basis or emergency response.
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Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:
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Education & Experience:
Requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Specialized training in horticulture, arboriculture, plant science, or other related field is preferred. One to three years experience working in a park setting, gardening, landscaping or grounds keeping is preferred.

Special Requirements:
Requires a valid driver’s license with a clean history, candidates with a CDL are preferred. Candidates who possess ISA certification, a valid NY State pesticide applicators and/or supervisory license, and who are Certified Landscape Technicians are preferred. Candidates must be able to lift objects weighing at least 50 pounds consistently.
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