Horticulturalist – City of Cedar Falls

Posted on Aug 22, 2022 in Job Postings

The City of Cedar Falls is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Horticulturist.  Current pay range is $21.936–35.646/hr., including full-time benefit package.   Duties will include, but not be limited to, providing grounds maintenance; equipment operation; and tasks related to planning, participating, and overseeing the planting, conservation,  and care of orderly and aesthetically pleasing parklands, city right of way, and public building landscaping.  This individual will maintain time, materials, and equipment usage records;  purchase plant material and supplies; coordinate contractors for landscape improvement projects; attend workshops and participate in the development of public programs, tours, and events; serve as a lead person to provide training and guidance to part-time and seasonal staff, and recruit and schedule volunteers.  Evaluation and selection of equipment and tools, completing minor repairs, and reporting major repairs and providing responsible staff assistance to the Public Works & Parks Supervisor or management, snow removal activities, and performing other duties as assigned will also be involved.

Candidates must also possess the ability to: plan, coordinate and participate in all services and operations for the City’s tree maintenance program including planting, removing, trimming, operating aerial units, tree spades, chippers, chain saws, etc.; respond to emergencies including wind and snow events; and coordinate related assignments with other divisions, outside agencies, and the general public. 

High school diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by training in landscaping and plant maintenance services and activities and two years of experience in landscaping, maintenance, construction and installation of plant materials.  Individuals must also possess, or have the ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license with good driving record; and a Class B Iowa Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) and an appropriate state pesticide applicator license, both within six months of employment.  Post-offer, pre-employment physical/drug screen required for the selected candidate.

This position requires Civil Service testing for candidates meeting the above minimum qualifications.  Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to complete a job related questionnaire after a pool of qualified applicants is approved by the Civil Service Commission.  Interviews will follow with selected candidates from the Civil Service certified list. 

For consideration, please submit a completed application form (from www.cedarfalls.com/jobs or Cedar Falls City Hall) to [email protected] or to: City of Cedar Falls, Finance & Business Operations Dept., Attn: Horticulturist, 220 Clay Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.   Proof of education and applicator license are strongly encouraged at the time of application, as proof of education will be required before interviews are completed.  Deadline for application materials: September 7 at 4:30 p.m.