State of Washington Classified Job Specification
GROUNDS & NURSERY SERVICES SPECIALIST 1
Class Series Concept
Positions in this occupational category are responsible for the maintenance of grounds, landscapes, athletic fields, nurseries and/or greenhouses, performing various maintenance types of operations. Positions may be involved in litter control, recycling activities, and sprinkler irrigation/maintenance within a grounds maintenance program.
Positions in this level work under close supervision, performing assigned yard maintenance work and routine greenhouse duties. Positions prepare and maintain grounds and/or work in greenhouses and nurseries.
Seeds, mows, irrigates, sweeps, fertilizes, top dresses, edges and maintains lawns;
Plants, cultivates and maintains greenhouse plants;
Assists with or prepares soil for planting seed, sod, turf, plants, trees and shrubs;
Cleans, services, sterilizes and maintains tools and equipment;
Uses a variety of manual tools and equipment, such as rakes, hand edger’s, loppers, shovels, wheelbarrows, weeding forks, hoes, pruning shears and pesticide sprayers;
Assists in installation and repair of lawn sprinkler system components;
May operate power and motorized equipment such as small trucks, lawn mowers, edger’s, chain saws, weed trimmers, backpack blowers and sweepers;
Labels plants and maintains records;
Harvests, cleans, treats and stores seed;
Applies pesticides and herbicides to greenery and plant material;
Assists in moving materials and supplies.
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.
Positions typically require the ability to perform heavy, outside work in inclement weather; follow oral and written directions and one year of gardening or grounds keeping experience.
Class Specification History
New class consolidates 5120 Gardener I, 5128 Greenhouse Attendant, 90080 Gardening Aide; adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.