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Horticulture Technician

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Facilities Management
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Classification Title
Grounds & Nursery II

Posting Number: 202100342P

Position Type: State Classified

Open Date

Close Date: 10/18/2021


Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas: and

Full/Part Time: Full-time

State Classified Hourly

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University's Grounds Department provides landscaping services, care, design, renovation, repair and maintenance of all grounds, trees, sports turf, irrigation systems, flower beds, and shrubs throughout the main CSU campus, South Campus, and Foothills Campus.

Position Summary

The Horticulture Technician performs horticulture and landscape design, installation, and maintenance to the University's annual and perennial flower beds. Duties also include proper maintenance of plant material and providing a safe and clean environment in assigned areas.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Two years of progressively responsible grounds care, installation, and maintenance which must have included annual and perennial flower bed design and ornamental landscapes.
  • Valid driver's license.


Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:
  • Background in landscape design.
  • Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Landscape Design, or related.
  • Experience using AutoCAD, InDesign, Photoshop, or similar design programs.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising/leading a grounds crew.
  • Demonstrated verbal communication and interpersonal skills to maintain a work environment where teamwork and customer service can thrive.
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience working with a wide variety of grounds maintenance equipment (mowers, trimmers, tractors, blowers, plows, shovels, etc.)
Job Duty Category: Ornamental Landscape

  • Plan and design annual and perennial ornamental beds.
  • Select and order plants and materials.
  • Prepare, plant, maintain, renovate, and harvest annual and perennial flower beds and ornamental landscapes.
Percentage Of Time: 50%

Job Duty Category: Herbicide/Insecticide

  • Identify disease, insect infestation, and the need for pruning or thinning of plant material.
  • Recommend and carry out remedies to include mixing and applying herbicide/insecticide.
  • Ensure proper pruning or removal of plant material.
  • Identify problem areas in landscape design or past practices and recommends design changes or proper steps to rejuvenate.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Job Duty Category: Landscape Maintenance

  • Perform landscape maintenance of turf grass, shrubs, trees, and other plant material and beds including hand mowing, string trimming, shrub pruning, planting bed maintenance, mixing, and applying herbicides.
  • Perform landscape cleanup including litter removal, hard surface cleaning, leaf raking, and removal.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Job Duty Category: Student Hourly Management

  • Plan, coordinate and assign work activities for all subordinate employees.
  • Establish work standards, monitor progress, timeliness, and accuracy of work product, and report to supervisor.
  • Hires, trains, and ensures accuracy and up-to-date documentation for seasonal employees.
  • Ensures compliance with Facilities Management policies and procedures including use of personal protective equipment and safe operation of Ground equipment for all subordinate employees.
Percentage Of Time: 15%

Job Duty Category: Snow Removal

  • Perform snow removal with broom tractors, truck-mounted snow plows, snowblowers, and hand shoveling.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Job Duty Category: Other Duties as Assigned

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Percentage Of Time: 5%

Special Instructions to Applicants

  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience. Please note: Part-time experience will be calculated to determine the full-time equivalent.
  • The Work Experience is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.
  • If an Application is considered "Incomplete", the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
  • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
  • An Application is incomplete if "see resume" (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
  • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor's) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.
  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
  • Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.
  • Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.
  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s) and interview(s) which require candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates' own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from, OR the Employment Consultant facilitating the search process. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado State University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Human Resources - Employment Office, at or call (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - successful completion of WorkSTEPS, Valid Driver's License, Shift Work - position may be required to work a rotating schedule to extend operational hours, including nights and weekends, On-call Status - position must be available for on call assignments on a rotational basis. , Essential Services Designation - position must be able to report to work during inclement weather, without delay or interruption, to provide services to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the campus community.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

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