NATURE OF WORK
This is professional technical work in the formulation and delivery of research-based, urban horticultural and integrated pest management information to the residents, home-owners associations, municipalities of Broward County and other internal and external agencies, in addition to interpretation and provision of best management practices for natural resources. Assists Urban Horticultural Agent in preparation and delivery of training programs to Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and the public.
Work involves diagnosis of plant nutrition, disease and pest problems while providing research-based best management practices for mitigation and management. Diagnostic activities include web-based identification tools, microscope use and chemical, biological or other testing. Technical and professional supervision is provided by the Urban Horticulture Extension Agent.
Formulation and delivery of original presentations, electronic lectures and educational materials to the public, Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists regarding mitigation and adaptation to climate change and variability.
Diagnoses and provides a variety of research-based, best management practices for mitigation and management of plant and landscape nutrition, diseases and pest problems.
Diagnoses, prepares, and ships structural pest samples to specialists for positive identification.
Assists with entering statistical information and monitoring of spreadsheets and databases in a variety of areas for reporting purposes.
Provides research-based information on sustainable Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Integrated Pest Management principles.
Provides orientation, educational instruction and mentoring of the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers.
Performs rigorous field work on land and wet areas, such as swamps, forests, scrublands, and other upland, coastal or wetland areas in preparation for and during program delivery.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Integrated Pest Management Principles
Knowledge of local fauna and flora, soils, geological formations, invasive exotic pests, plant deficiencies and diseases and other elements of environmental sciences.
Knowledge of pesticide and fertilizer use and regulations relating to homeowners.
Knowledge of natural systems, vegetation types and habitats.
Ability to collect, record and process data.
Knowledge of plant pollinators, dispersers, and the effects of pesticides and other chemicals on them.
Ability to use Microsoft Office, Google Earth, Internet browsers, Adobe Creative Suite and Snagit.
Ability to formulate presentations, electronic lectures, brochures and educational materials.
Ability to communicate information to clients in a clear and courteous manner.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.
DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in environmental or natural sciences or related field (horticulture, botany, urban forestry, ecology, environmental studies, natural resource management, biology) and 2 years of experience in horticulture or plant science related field, or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Bargaining Unit: Unrepresented
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Class Spec. Estab./Revised E1/91 R11/13