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Horticultural Assistant

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Work type: Full-time
Location: TCU Main Campus
Categories: Grounds / Maintenance

Job Summary: The Horticultural Assistant is responsible for maintaining landscape and hardscape by planting, weeding, trimming landscape and operating landscaping equipment.
Duties & Essential Job Functions: 1. Maintains plant materials by mowing, edging, trimming, weeding, planting; applying water, fertilizer and other chemicals to plants and landscape.
2. Maintains hardscape appearance by picking up papers and trash; painting, installing and repairing signs; striping parking lots; digging, grading and repairing surfaces.
3. Maintains irrigation systems by testing, installing, repairing.
4. Achieves daily work objectives by operating commercial landscaping equipment such as large mowers, backhoes and bobcats in developing, constructing, repairing and maintaining landscape and hardscape projects.
5. Maintains supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
6. Complies with federal, state, and local safety regulations by identifying and anticipating safety and health concerns and hazards; enforcing adherence to regulations; advising management on needed actions.
7. Ensures operation of tools and equipment used in the job by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
8. Maintains continuity among work teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities and continuing needs.
9. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Education & Experience: • Education sufficient to demonstrate literacy.
• 1 year experience in the care of plants, trees, and lawns, including operation of grounds equipment.
Preferred Education & Experience: • None
Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training: • Valid Texas Driver's License.
• Must be insurable under the university motor vehicle requirements.
• Satisfactory results from a post-offer physical examination.
Preferred Licensure, Certification, and/or Specialized Training: • None
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: • Ability to operate equipment required to perform the job.
• Ability to read, write, understand and clearly communicate instructions.
• Ability to apply care and maintenance techniques to landscape and hardscape materials.
TCU Core Competencies: University Core Competencies definitions may be found on the Human Resources website and in the staff performance management system.
Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations): • Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms, instructions, labels and other printed materials and information.
• Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
• Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
• Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling, climbing ladders and stairs, and prolonged sitting.
• Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 50 lbs.
Work Environment: • Work is outdoors under variable weather conditions that can, at times, be extreme (high temperature and humidity levels, as well as freezing & icy water). This position is not sedentary and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours.
• This role is an on-campus, in-person position.
• May be exposed to hazardous materials and noxious fumes on occasion, chemical fertilizers.
• The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate, but can be noisy at times due to powered equipment.
AA/EEO Statement: As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 

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