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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:X7551

NURSERY SUPERVISOR

NATURE OF WORK

This is supervisory work in the care and propagation of plants in a County nursery.

Work involves the supervision and instruction of subordinates in the planting and maintenance of ornamental plants and flowers. Employees in this class exercise technical knowledge in the development of fertilizers and potting soils. In addition, skilled use of moisture, building structure, and light are needed. Diagnosis of plant disease and insect pests is also performed by this class. Knowledgeable use of chemicals and pesticides for remediation of these conditions is essential. Considerable independent judgment is exercised in the performance of this class. Supervision is provided in the form of conferences, review of reports and inspection of program effectiveness.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of maintenance personnel in the care and planting of ornamental plants and flowers.

Instructs the staff on the job in acceptable potting methods and soil mixtures; teaches the appropriate use of hot house structure, light and moisture for successful plant growth.

Coordinates the timely fertilizing of plants; instructs subordinates in chemicals and their mixture for various types of vegetation.

Diagnosis plant diseases and insect pests; demonstrates the use of chemicals and pesticides to resolve the particular malady.

Maintains an inventory of plant materials and other nursery supplies; requisitions needed purchases with the nursery budget.

Provides progress reports to the Division Director; assists in the development of operational procedures for the nursery.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Considerable knowledge of ornamental and flowering plants which thrive in South Florida.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices relating to potting soils, moisture, potting methods, propagation and fertilizing plants, indoor and outdoor.

Considerable knowledge of plant disease and insect pests, as well as chemicals and pesticides used to remedy these.

Skill in the use of equipment including hot house structure for various types of plant propagation.

Ability to communicate knowledge of botany effectively to subordinates.

Ability to organize, schedule and evaluate work of subordinates.

Ability to keep accurate records on plants and compose written reports for supervisor.

Ability to budget and schedule timely use of resources for the nursery section.

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, religion, age, sex, disability or political affiliation.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Graduation from high school; considerable experience in horticulture; including some experience in nursery operation; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association (GSA)
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Code of Ethics
Certification: No
Work Locations: Aviation, Parks & Recreation
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E9/79 R1/91


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