Groundskeeper/Gardener

Location
Orlando, Florida
Salary
Open
Posted
Sep 01, 2021
Closes
Oct 31, 2021
Ref
547814#XOJ-Universal.5
Category
IT, Operations, Theme Park

JOB SUMMARY: Performs skilled landscape maintenance tasks as part of a Horticulture team; proficiency in plant identification of common plant names; ability to perform shrub installation, foliage maintenance, tree installation, heavy equipment operation, and basic clean up.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for trimming/pruning shrubs, ground covers, vines and some trees and palms with hand-held tools and 2-cycle equipment.
  • Performs removal, installation and maintenance of plant material in beds and containers, and manual weeding.
  • Operates machinery for loading, unloading and transporting materials, equipment and supplies.
  • Identifies need for and provide supplemental water with manual operation of automatic irrigation zones and hand watering.
  • Mowing and edging turf with riding mowers and power equipment.
  • Assist in specimen tree relocation, including ball and burlap operation, jetting in, and staking and guying.
  • Performs equipment maintenance as required.
  • Understands and actively participates in Environmental, Health & Safety responsibilities by following established UO policy, procedures, training and team member involvement activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

SCOPE: Responsible for performing basic Gardener functions including: Shrub installation, maintenance of all foliage, detailing and clean up, watering, heavy equipment operating, and mulching.

EDUCATION: High school degree or GED preferred. Successful completion horticulture program at Valencia Community College or similar curriculum preferred

EXPERIENCE: Three to five years landscape maintenance experience, preferably in an upscale commercial, residential or resort environment required; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Valid Florida Driver's License Required.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Annual Care Install, remove, deadhead, and fertilize. Process includes repetitive loading, unloading and transporting trays of annuals. Bed preparation requires digging and lifting shovels of soil, use of a wheelbarrow, operation of a tiller, grading with rakes using force. Includes maintenance of hanging baskets and container plantings. Requires alternate reaching, lifting, carrying, balancing, stooping, stretching, and gripping of hand tools. Trays of annuals sometimes weighing over 15 pounds are unloaded from nursery racks up to eight feet high. Tiller requires lateral control of heavy vibration. Unloading of debris into dumpsters requires overhead lifting. Mowing Policing area for debris, operating walk-behind or riding mower and operating 22 lb. backpack blower for clean-up. Also includes operation of stick edgers and weed eaters for detail trimming. Process includes repetitive reaching, lifting, stooping, stretching and gripping. Blower is carried on the back, and requires balance and strength. String trimmers and stick edgers require controlled outstretched arm movements for extended periods. Mower use includes gripping of hand brake or driving mechanism. Shrub Pruning Operating hand or power equipment to selectively cut plant material at varying heights, followed by a clean up of debris. Method includes very repetitive reaching, gripping, and raking, lifting and bagging of debris. Debris bags are also loaded, transported, and unloaded into a dumpster by lifting weight overhead. Fertilizing and Seeding Operating fertilizer spreader or carrying bucket (25 lbs or higher) and over-seed with annual grasses. Loading fertilizers into mechanical spreader or container for manual distribution routinely requires controlled lifting of 50 pound bags. Manual distribution involves maintaining balance, careful stepping, and stooping simultaneously. Mulching Loading, unloading and spreading mulch in plant beds. Repetitive shoveling, forking, and lifting of debris. Controlled movement of loaded wheelbarrow is often required, as well as lifting, shoveling or forking old mulch well overhead into dumpsters. Raking and Sweeping Using hand rake to gather materials. Forceful pulling and pushing, and lifting of debris. Sod Work Remove sod, prepare planting area, and install sod. Carry and stack pallets. Operation of sod cutter requires substantial strength for controlled lifting and turning of equipment. To remove sod, force is used with shovel, and lifting is required to transfer pieces for disposal with shovels or pitchfork. Base is often prepared with manual addition of sand by shovels as well. Pallet handling requires strength and overhead lifting. Equipment Maintenance Cleaning, preserving finishes, checking fluid levels, lubricating. Physical lifting and carrying of gasoline and grease in 5 gallon commercial containers is required. Repetitive force is needed for correct operation of grease guns and other methods of lubrication. Protecting equipment finishes involves repetitive circular motions with pressure. Plant Replacement Digging and removing plants, digging and installing new plants. Substantial repetitive use of shovels and spades is required, with lifting above the head necessary in many instances. Strength and control with the arms is needed for power auger use. Containerized plant material is manually carried in to new planting areas, and larger material transported on dolly or cart must be carefully lifted and placed with control. Watering Connecting and dragging water hoses for hand watering. Forceful control and lifting of weighted hoses and watering cans is required, using outstretched arm movements for extended periods of time.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

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