Horticultural Technician 1

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Compensation: $32,610 - $42,051 + $3,026 Location Pay


  • Under the supervision of the Park Manager and/or higher-level personnel, the Horticultural Technician 1 will perform a variety of duties relating to the care and maintenance of plantings and vegetation at Roberto Clemente State Park and other state parks in the New York City region. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, spraying, pruning and trimming of valuable, rare or specialized trees, shrubs, vines and flowers and
  • Identifies and supervises or otherwise handles the removal of invasive species.
  • Inspects the operating area to identify potential safety hazards, needs for skilled maintenance, landscaping requirements, litter control, refuse removal, etc., report findings to supervisor(s) and/or undertakes corrective action.
  • Curates outdoor herbaceous and woody plant collections.
  • Identifies plant growth, nutritional, insect and disease problems, taking the appropriate corrective and remedial action, consulting as needed with supervisor(s).
  • Researches and assesses the best horticultural practices for managing the living collections; documents, reports, and catalogs plant-related information.
  • Selectively prunes plants to correct structural defects, thinning excessive growth within the plant’s framework and removing portions of the plant damaged by disease, storm or insects in order to retain or restore the natural form of the plant.
  • Selectively formulates and applies herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and fertilizers to plant material to counteract insect and/or disease problems.
  • Develops management plans for outdoor gardens and living collections.
  • Maintains display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking and fertilization; performs appropriate soil preparation and planting of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  • Performs seasonal landscaping work including planting, pruning, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing and transplanting, leaf removal; operates and maintains hand and portable power tools and motorized equipment such as mowers, tractors, sprayers, saws, tillers, trimmers, etc.
  • Supervises lower level, seasonal staff and volunteers in the care of plant material.
  • Performs routine manual maintenance tasks required to develop, maintain and repair associated plantings, buildings, roads and equipment; maintains equipment and supplies properly and ensures that they are stored safely and performs other related duties as required.



Associate degree in horticulture, agronomy, forestry, or a closely related field

OR two years of technical experience in horticulture, plant propagation, nursery, or greenhouse work which includes plant pest and disease detection and control; or two years
of college study in one of the above specialties and one year of experience as described.


  • Ability to perform medium to heavy physical labor and to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Selected candidate must possess and maintain a valid New York State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License as a term and condition of employment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other staff and with park patrons. Ability to read, comprehend and prepare written materials.
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate and use lawn/garden equipment and small hand tools
  • Selected candidate must obtain a PESTICIDE APPLICATOR’S LICENSE (category 3A) within 6 months of appointment and maintain it as a term and condition of employment.
  • Employee must be qualified and medically cleared to wear a respirator and have knowledge of good safety practices which must be utilized.
  • Selected candidate must be capable of and willing to learn to competently operate specialized grounds care equipment assigned to the facility such as aerator, power rake, sod cutter and over-seeder.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with progressive experience in the care of trees and shrubs and can perform such work with little direct supervision.
  • Selected candidate must complete CPR/AED training within the probationary period and must maintain the certification as a term and condition of employment.
  • Incumbent is required to take and pass chainsaw certification - levels 1, 2, 3 when training is given.
  • The selected candidate will be expected to and may occasionally support work assignments in other State Parks throughout the New York City Region.


If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications and Agency operating needs and are interested in being considered for this vacancy, please submit a resume, an employment application and a cover letter demonstrating how you meet the stated minimum qualifications

The employment application (Part 1 – Pre-Interview Form S1000) can be downloaded from the website of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at www.parks.ny.gov/employment. Electronic applications are encouraged; please submit application materials by email to nycvacancies@parks.ny.gov. You must include “Hort Tech 1 - Clemente” in the title of your e-mail for consideration. To apply by mail, please forward application materials to NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, 163 West 125th Street – 17th Floor, New York, New York 10027, ATTN: Personnel.

Additional Information

It is the responsibility of each applicant to accurately describe their experience and demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide their current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency

Contact Information

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Contact Name: Personnel
Email: nycvacancies@parks.ny.gov
Phone: 212-866-3100
Website: Apply Online