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Generic Job Description - Chief Horticulture Technician

PED Number: 
00209
Title:
Chief Horticulture Technician
Level:
11
Sub Group:
MUNACA
Job Summary: 
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, oversees the day-to-day operations of a horticulture facility. Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of others, and participates in their training. Participates in projects and experiments. Performs a variety of specialized technical tasks related to horticultural science. Maintains breeding nurseries, greenhouses, and arable land. Harvests plants and fruits. Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Compiles data. Maintains equipment.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Oversees the day-to-day operations of a horticulture facility. Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of others, and participates in their training.

2. Participates in projects and experiments in the field of horticulture. Discusses the orientation and technical demands of the projects. Reviews, selects and modifies methodology. Assumes responsibility for the technical aspects in the execution of these projects.

3. Performs a variety of specialized technical tasks related to horticultural science.

4. Performs duties related to care and maintenance of trees and shrubs. Maintains plants in greenhouses and fields. Performs duties related to hybridization and seeding in breeding nurseries.

5. Maintains experimental area for crop research. Prepares land, sows, weeds, and applies fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Sets up irrigation system.

6. Selects and harvests plants and fruits. Prepares and maintains them in cold storage. Assists in the selection of plants for future crop generations.

7. Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results.

8. Compiles data. Prepares reports. Analyzes and discusses results and their interpretation with others. Maintains records and files.

9. Maintains equipment and performs minor repairs. Arranges for servicing.

10. Maintains inventory. Recommends and purchases equipment and material.

11. Keeps abreast of new developments in the field to update skills and knowledge.

12. Operates equipment such as sprayers, roto tillers, seed cleaning equipment, seed counters, harvesters, irrigation equipment, pruning tools, tractors and trucks.

13. The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.
Education and Experience: 
DEC III (Horticulture or Farm Management)
Three (3) years' related experience.