RWC Horticulture Technician Job in Colorado


RWC Horticulture Technician Job in Colorado

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Job title: RWC Horticulture Technician

Company: University of Denver

Expected salary: $23.5 per hour

Location: Denver, CO

RWC Horticulture Technician Job Details:

The Department of Facilities Management supports the mission of the University of Denver’s physical resources in order to provide a healthy and safe educational environment for campus community through services of the departments of Capital Projects and Planning, Facilities Management, Parking & Mobility Services, Auxiliaries & Real Estate, and Business & Operations.

Position Summary

Under general supervision of the Grounds Foreman and/or Assistant Grounds Foreman, this position performs skilled or technical types of work associated with the Maintenance of lawns, fertilization, irrigation, trees, shrubs and flower beds and is expected to supervise other grounds personnel as assigned.

Essential Functions

In addition to following the University of Denver’s policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lay sod, plant new shrubs, trees, and flowers.
  • Operates equipment to spray, fertilize and aerate lawn areas.
  • Operates power lawn mowers and tractors for cutting grass.
  • Operates trucks, tractors, and other machinery in the routine care of all grounds.
  • Operates truck, hand cart, dolly, hand truck, forklift, and other equipment in the moving and setup of equipment on all university properties.
  • Picks up, collects, removes litter and debris from all ground areas.
  • Picks up material ordered by Physical Plant when not delivered by common carrier.
  • Removes snow by power equipment or shovel from parking lots, sidewalks, exterior stairs, ramps, and terraces.
  • Rototills, spades, rakes, weeds, and fertilizes flower-planting beds.
  • Trims and/or prunes hedges, shrubs, and trees.
  • Trim grass by or power edger-trimmer.
  • Waters lawn and planted areas by hand or sprinkler systems.
  • Moves various equipment, supplies, and furniture manually or by use of a truck.
  • Performs minor repairs, lubricates and sharpens equipment. Reports complex repair needs to supervisor.
  • Makes minor repairs to parking lots.
  • Installs signs.
  • Removes trees.
  • Performs landscape installation.
  • Drives to sites with tools and equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to follow detailed procedures and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to respond to situations requiring immediate attention and to daily priorities that are established.
  • Must possess knowledge of standardized work routines and the ability to follow or give oral and or written instructions involving multiple tasks.
  • Ability to operate equipment such as backhoe, skid loader, dump truck, bucked truck, tractor and snowplow. Must be able to read and interpret landscape drawings from blueprints. Must be able to report to work early in the morning, weekends, and holidays for snow removal. Must provide own transportation to and from work.
  • Basic computer skills. Knowledgeable working with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Familiar working with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software, including WebTMA.
  • Thorough knowledge of all types of landscaping equipment is necessary.
  • Thorough knowledge of all types of landscaping material, plants, trees, flowers is necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED is required.
  • Four years’ experience in grounds horticulture, landscaping, or grounds maintenance is required.
  • Current State of Colorado chemical applicators license is required. Must possess one of the following: a Landscape Industry Certificate (LIC) in at least one of the 5 given categories (softscape installation, hardscape installation, turf maintenance, ornamental maintenance, irrigation), certified arborist, or Master Gardeners certificate.
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License and insurable by the University of Denver’s insurance carrier.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam, and lift 100 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BA in Biology and/or Botany

Working Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions.
  • The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and /or humid conditions, toxic and caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Physical Activities

  • Moderate to strenuous physical effort required.
  • Worker must be able to withstand long periods of time bending, couching, sitting, standing, reaching and repetitive motions with the hand-wrist and elbow-shoulder.
  • The employee must be able to work outside in all types of weather and lift, move and carry objects in excess of 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus

Work Schedule

General University operating hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Work schedule may vary.

Application Deadline

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Hourly Range:

The hourly range for the position is $23.50.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits:

The offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the .

Please include the following documents with your application: * Resume

  • Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see .

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: August 23, 2023

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