Horticulture Technician II

Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville , TN 37902

Posted 1 month ago

Title: Horticulture Technician II

Anticipated Closing Date: October 10, 2021

Number of Positions: 1

Position #: 600960

Type of Appointment: Full-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Department: Facilities

Required Documents Needed to Upload at Time of Application:

  • Resume

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Three professional references (See below)

Reference check requirements:

  • Non-supervisory roles: three (3) current or former supervisors

  • Personal references (friends, co-workers, clergy, customers, relatives) are not considered acceptable references

About Facilities

The mission of the Pellissippi State Facilities is to provide consistent and quality maintenance, operations, custodial, and facility planning services in a customer oriented, efficient, and responsible manner for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

About Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State Community College is one of 40 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. TBR is the governing board of the College System of Tennessee, offering more than 400 programs of study at the state's 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus.

The college serves an average of 10,000 students, making it the largest community college in Tennessee by enrollment. Pellissippi State Community College offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement programs, time off including annual and sick leave, and much more.

In 2018, Pellissippi State became a member of an Achieve the Dream (ATD) three-year cohort adopting a theme of Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish Strong for our work. Achieve the Dream has partnered with the program Integrated Student Experience at Pellissippi State (Insteps) to improve the fall-to-fall retention rates for full-time and part-time students by 13% in the next five years.

Our vision is to ensure every student who attends Pellissippi State will develop a sense of belonging and confidence in their ability to succeed academically, grow intellectually, and make timely progress towards achieving their educational and vocational goals. If this is something that aligns with your values, we encourage you to apply.

Culture and Diversity

Knoxville claims a wide range of forward thinking national and international talents. The scholarly influence on the Knoxville metropolitan area bred literary greats including James Agee, Cormac McCarthy, and Nikki Giovanni.

Knoxville is home to one of the largest sculptures dedicated to an African American in the country. Located in Haley Heritage Square is a 13-foot high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley who chose to spend the last several years of his life in Knoxville. Renowned artists Beauford Delaney and Joseph Delaney hailed from Knoxville.

Musicians Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, the Everly Brothers, and RB Morris called Knoxville home during their careers. Women's suffragist Lizzie Crozier French was active in the ratification of the 19th amendment and was born and raised in Knoxville.

The lasting influence of these artists and activists leaves the Knoxville area as a welcoming area to live and work. More about the area and support groups can be found at Visit Knoxville https://www.visitknoxville.com, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center https://www.beckcenter.net, the Knoxville Urban League https://thekaul.org, Knoxville City https://knoxvilletn.gov, Knox County https://knoxcounty.org, My Knox Village http://myknoxvillage.com/business-directory/wpbdp_category/special-needsdisability-services/, Knox Pride https://knoxpride.com/equality, Centro Hispano de East TN https://www.centrohispanotn.org, and Knoxville chamber https://www.knoxvillechamber.com

Position Summary:
The overall purpose of this job is to maintain approximately 200 acres of grounds, parking lots, streets, and sidewalks of all five campuses and additional lots in a way to keep students, staff and visitors safe while providing a functional and visually appealing environment.

Essential Functions:

15% Mowing, line trimming at Hardin Valley and site campuses, bush hogging.

10% Picking up trash and debris on the grounds on a daily basis.

10% Measuring, mixing and applying herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers on all campuses

5% Maintain, repair and clean equipment (oil changes, belts, air filters, sharpen blades, etc), fuel vehicles and equipment as needed

10% Leaf removal in fall.

5% Snow and ice removal in winter on all campuses

5% Maintenance and marking of athletic fields.

15%Maintenance of streets and sidewalks by painting parking lines and identifying trip hazards, pressure washing, installing a variety of directional, informational and road signs, patching potholes on all campuses

5% Install temporary directional event signage and flags for parking and traffic on all campuses

5% Training and continual education (safety, forklift, environmental, etc.)

10% Install and maintain flower beds, plant seasonal flowers and perennial ornamentals and trees, trim and prune shrubs and trees on all campuses

5% Installation and removal of various construction projects and fencing that are related to grounds and recreation at all campuses ( volleyball court, hammock post, disk golf, handrails, stage, etc)

Note: The College reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, or combine positions at any time.

Job Requirements:

  • High School diploma with on the job landscaping/grounds maintenance experience in a commercial environment.
  • A minimum of three years' experience in a commercial landscaping environment/industry is required.

Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% credit of full-time work experience

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to see the big picture, prioritize tasks and understand impact of actions

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • Ability to work independently or as part of a group

  • Takes initiative to get things done without being prompted

  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner

  • Working knowledge of basic horticultural principles and procedures

  • Working knowledge and operation of commercial mowers, line trimmers, blowers, etc.

  • Ability to lift 60 pounds

  • Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods in all weather conditions

  • Ability to implement verbal and written instructions

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees

Scope of Responsibility: Mixture and application of chemicals, equipment operation and maintenance, plant identification and care, small engine knowledge, knowledge of OSHA safety precautions and PPE, being able to identify and correct any potential hazards.

Knowledge of machinery and horticulture along with constant analytical thinking and problem solving. Safety is always top priority. This job is very physical and requires one to display a high level of skill, whether it be in the operation of equipment, or in simply knowing the environment in which one works.

Physical Demands: Physical demands are high.

Ability to lift and carry 60+ pounds and perform manual labor for extended periods of time often under unfavorable conditions. Walking miles daily is not uncommon while spraying herbicides which increases the possibility of injury to one's back, legs, or feet and risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Yes. There are audible warnings of danger and malfunction.


There are visual warnings of danger and malfunction, as well as, almost every aspect of the job. Yes. There are warning lights, mechanical fluids, plant disease, etc.

Hazards: Requires work in extreme weather conditions year round and daily including: heat, cold, rain, snow, dust, exhaust, etc.

Requires daily work with equipment that could easily cause minor to severe personal injury or death, i.e. tractors, chainsaws, trimmers, etc. Contact with bees, wasps, insects, snakes and small animals, ivies and plants that can cause allergies and skin reactions. Possibility of poisoning during mixing and application of pesticides and herbicides.

Potential for accidents while traveling to branch campuses or moving about campus. Potential to be struck by vehicles while performing work assigned around the roads or parking lots on all campuses.

(Heat exhaustion/stroke, hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn, eye injury, hearing loss, sprains/strains/breaks, loss of limb or life.)

Pay Rate: $28,330 - $34,410/per year. Pay will be determined based on related work experience above required.

To be considered in determining pay, all related work experience must be listed on the application. This is an exempt level position.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for a position at Pellissippi State, you must create an on-line application.

Your skills, abilities, qualifications, and years of experience will be evaluated using only what is recorded on your application. Work experience that is not listed on the application will not be considered towards compensation. Please note: attaching a resume does not substitute for completion of the application form.

Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% of full-time experience. Please note: to scan, upload, or attach documents, a computer and scanner are available at the Hardin Valley Campus Educational Resources Center, if needed.

Pellissippi State has an approved internship program managed by the human resources department. For work experience credit, interns who participated in this approved internship program for one or more semesters are considered to have earned two (2) years of work experience credit at Pellissippi State.

This credit does not apply to temporary part-time contract workers, student employees, work study employees, interns who were not specifically recruited by human resources, adjuncts, or volunteers. If you believe you have participated in an approved internship program, please contact human resources at humanresources@pstcc.edu prior to completing your application.

Pellissippi State Community College is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA employer

If you have any problems or questions please contact Human Resources at Pellissippi State Community College's Human Resource Office at 865-694-6607 or by email at recruiting@pstcc.edu.

A summary of our benefits can be found at http://www.pstcc.edu/hr/benefits

If you are interested in this position, click on the link to the left to apply.


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Horticulture Technician II

Pellissippi State Community College