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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 521M
Category: Science & Engineering


Supervises a crew of two or more personnel in performance of various phases of nursery operations.

Typical Work

Supervises large crews of personnel engaged in planting, lifting, sorting and packing trees and shrubs for shipment; 

Supervises personnel in weeding, irrigating, spraying, clearing and fertilizing nursery land; mixing, fumigating and sterilizing soils; maintaining fences, making road repairs, caring for yards and grounds and doing routine building and greenhouse maintenance; 

Issues tools; oversees proper use and maintenance of farm tractors, harvesting machine, single axle trucks up to two and one‑half tong, and other equipment; 

Supervises seed stratification by established procedures; inspects plants for insects, damage or evidence of common disease; buds and grafts plants; 

Trains, supervises and evaluates personnel; recommends dismissal, suspension and layoff of employees when necessary; 

Performs other work as required. 

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  standard nursery practices; procedures for seed stratification, soil fumigation and sterilization, application of toxic sprays; transplanting and thinning procedures; packaging for shipment and storage; proper maintenance and operation practices for tractors, planters, harvesting machines, trucks and other nursery equipment. 

Ability to: identify seedling stock of number of types of trees and shrubs common to Washington State; maintain variety of field records; make written reports; operate nursery equipment; maintain effective working relationships while instructing and supervising subordinates and maintaining production standards.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid Washington State driver's license is required. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years' experience in an ornamental plant or tree nursery, one year of which must be lead type experience. Education in agronomy, horticulture or closely related field; or crop/vegetable farm experience may be substituted, year for year, to a maximum of two years. There is no substitute for the lead type experience. 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

Revised September 7, 1973 General revision and title change (formerly Forest Nursery Foreman)
Revised December 12, 1980 Revises definition and minimum qualifications
Revised April 9, 1982 Code change (former]y 9409)
Revised new class code: (formerly 94130) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.