Under direction, to propagate and care for flowers and ornamental plants in a large greenhouse and nursery and to lay out, plant, and care for flowers and ornamental plants and shrubs; or to work with and be in charge of a small crew doing gardening and general grounds maintenance work; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or resident workers; and do other related work.
On a specific project or in a specific area, supervises and works with a small crew engaged in planting, watering, cultivating, and maintaining flower beds, lawns, shrubs, and trees, and in general grounds maintenance work; propagates flowers and ornamental plants, and shrubs in a greenhouse and nursery; designs beds and borders; plants and cares for flowers, ornamental plants and shrubs; keeps greenhouses, nurseries, and grounds free from plant diseases and pests; prunes shrubs and rose bushes; buds and grafts plants; cares for ornamental flowers and plants in State buildings.
Three years of experience in propagating, planting, and cultivating flowers and shrubs, and in general grounds maintenance work.
(Completion of a recognized course of study in landscape gardening or landscape design may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)
Knowledge of: Methods, materials, and equipment used in propagating, planting, cultivating, spraying, and otherwise caring or flowers, shrubs, lawns, and trees; flowers, shrubs, and ornamental and shade trees commonly grown in California, and their planting and growing requirements; plant pests and diseases and methods of their control and eradication.
Skill in: Budding, grafting, pruning, and flower gardening work.
Ability to: Lay out ornamental flower beds and borders; follow oral and written directions; supervise the work of a group of groundskeepers; deal tactfu11y with the public; read and write at a level appropriate to the classification.