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Horticulturist - T11059-202108

City of San Diego, CA
San Diego County, California, US
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Horticulturist positions plan, coordinate, and implement urban forestry or tree maintenance programs; administer and inspect the work of private contractors; make inspections of public right of way tree conditions to determine work priorities; provide technical horticultural expertise to subordinates, supervisors, and other City departments; evaluate and rate the work of subordinates and contractors; and perform other duties as assigned.

  • Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive 5% general wage increase effective 7/1/22.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture or a closely related field.

  • Additional qualifying experience may NOT be used to substitute for lack of the required education.

EXPERIENCE: Two years of full-time professional-level street tree management, park maintenance, or nursery management experience. Qualifying experience MUST include the planning, coordination, or management of at least ONE of the following:
  • Botanical or ornamental horticulture.
  • Nursery development.
  • Park redevelopment and maintenance.
  • Pest control management.
  • Turf management.
  • Water conservation programs.
  • Urban forestry.

  • A Master's Degree in Horticulture or a closely related field may be substituted for a MAXIMUM of one year of the required experience.
  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of hire.

  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience developing and conducting staff training.
  • Experience working with committees and philanthropic groups.
  • Designated Certified Arborist or other qualifying U.S. state certification as an expert in tree care and maintenance.
  • ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (ISA TRAQ).

  • Proof of degree/transcripts.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application.If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337;or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days). For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Applicants must notify the Personnel Department of any changes in their name, address (home, email), or phone number or they may miss employment opportunities.

Rev. 15 - October 4, 2021 (Closing Date Extended)
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