Horticulture Production Assistant

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Title: Horticulture Production Assistant Position Number: 201314918 Department: Natural Sciences Job Category: Classified Unit B Time (Percent Time): 100% Term (months/year): 12 months/year Current Work Schedule (days, hours): Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Salary Range: B-51 Salary: Steps 1 - 6, $3,991 - $5,088 per month Shift Differential: Shift differential eligibility based on the current CSEA 651 collective bargaining agreement Open Date: 12/10/2018 Initial Screening Date: 01/10/2019 Open Until Filled: Yes Application Procedure:

Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; however, those submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 10, 2019, are assured consideration.

Applicants must submit all of the following materials online at http://hrjobs.mtsac.edu to be considered for this position:

1.A Mt. San Antonio College online application.

2.A cover letter describing how the applicant meets the required education and experience.

3.A detailed résumé that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position.

4.Two (2) letters of recommendation that reflect relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation).

5.College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree (if applicable) are required and must be submitted with the online application by all applicants, including current or former employees of the college, to demonstrate that the required educational qualifications are met. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; however, copies of diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts.

Health & Welfare:

College contributes $12,608 toward annual premium for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Lifetime retirement benefits provided for eligible retirees.

The District participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs, and MetLife Social Security Alternative Plan.

Note Salary and Health & Welfare Benefits are subject to change.

Basic Function/Overview:


Under direct supervision performs a variety of operations, services, and maintenance activities of the College’s horticulture unit; uses and operates a variety of horticulture equipment; assists in the sale and delivery of products.


Receives direct supervision from the Manager, Farm and receives technical and functional oversight from the Horticultural Operations Specialist. Exercises oversight over student assistant workers and activity of Work Experience and volunteer staff with guidance from Horticulture Operations Specialist.


This is an entry-level classification that assists in the operations, services, and maintenance activities of the horticulture unit. Initially under close supervision, incumbents with basic horticulture and maintenance experience learn College infrastructure, systems, and facilities, use of tools and equipment, and a wide variety of practices and procedures. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. This class is distinguished from the Horticulture Operations Specialist in that the Horticulture Production Assistant provides direct support of the College’s horticulture unit through performing a variety of tasks and services; whereas, The Horticulture Operations Specialist provides oversight to daily operations, services, and maintenance activities.

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:

1.Assists in the operation and maintenance of the horticulture unit’s crops; performs specialized duties to ensure efficient and safe horticulture operations.
2.Waters, fertilizes, and plants trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants; programs irrigation, drip, and misting systems according to established schedules; makes adjustments for weather and cultural requirements.
3.Monitors and observes pests; mixes, applies, and sprays chemical applications and pesticides as required according to established laws, regulations, and procedures.
4.Assists in the coordination of the use of agriculture facilities; ensures the availability of appropriate supplies and equipment.
5.Monitors inventory of supplies; orders needed supplies and materials according to established procedures; operates a computer to monitor the automated inventory control system.
6.Operates a variety of equipment related to the agriculture department, including trucks, tractors and implements, weed whip, composter, rototiller, sprayer, and related equipment.
7.Assists in the sale and delivery of agricultural products; drives a vehicle to transport products as needed.
8.Assists in coordinating and scheduling crew to prepare and participate in Farmer’s Market(s) and trains staff regarding sales process including conducting credit/debit transactions.
9.Assists in the development of weekly, monthly, and annual goals and objectives; assists with scheduling plant production, propagation, and facilities usage.
10.Prepares and maintains various records and reports related to horticulture unit operations and activities as required.
11.Performs minor custodial and maintenance activities of horticulture units; cleans work areas and other facilities as assigned; empties waste receptacles and replaces linings; performs routine maintenance and repair duties on department facilities and equipment; contacts maintenance department as necessary.
12.Learns and applies emerging technologies such as internet-based inventory and irrigation management systems, to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.

Other Duties:

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

1.Basic terminology, techniques, equipment, materials, principles, theories, practices, and procedures related to horticultural production.
2.Basic practices, procedures, and techniques involved in planting, fertilizing, irrigating, propagating, pruning and storing plants, crops, and other horticultural products.
3.Operation and maintenance of various tools and equipment used in horticulture production.
4.Operation of various trucks, tractors and implements.
5.Basic sales and customer service practices and procedures.
6.Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
7.Record keeping principles and procedures.
8.Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, students, and College staff, including individuals of various ages, disabilities, socio-economic and ethnic groups.

Skills and Abilities:

1.Participate in the operations, services, and maintenance activities of a horticulture program.
2.Establish a mentoring relationship with students to support and encourage academic success and provide practical experience to augment professional development.
3.Participate in planting, fertilizing, irrigating, propagating, pruning and storing plants, crops, and other horticultural products.
4.Learn and apply principles, practices, procedures, methods, materials, tools, terminology, and equipment related to horticultural production.
5.Operate trucks, tractors, and implements.
6.Learn, interpret, and apply applicable College policies, rules, and regulations related to areas of responsibility.
7.Make accurate business arithmetic computations; accurately process cash transactions and organize sale documents for submission to Fiscal Services.
8.Estimate and order required supplies and equipment.
9.Establish and maintain filing, record keeping, and tracking systems (maintaining/renewing horticultural crop production certification).
10.Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
11.Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software applications programs.
12.Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
13.Understand scope of authority in making independent decisions.
14.Review situations accurately and determine appropriate course of action using judgment according to established policies and procedures.
15.Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications/ Education & Experience:

College-level coursework specifically focused on nursery and greenhouse management, plant identification, agronomy, integrated pest management or closely related areas of study. Recent experience, within horticulture production activities preferred.

Equivalencies: Preferred Qualifications: License(s) & Other Requirements:

A valid California Class C driver’s license is required, a Class B driver’s license may need to be obtained at discretion of the College.

Examination Requirements: Working Environment:

Incumbents work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, dust, fumes, and allergens, chemicals, hazardous physical substances and fumes and mechanical and/or electrical equipment and machinery. Incumbents may interact with staff, students, and/or the public in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

In addition to the above, as this position is located in the College’s farm/agricultural area, there are additional environmental elements and potential hazards that are typical of this environment. These include: bio-hazards, dealing with livestock, farm equipment, and walking on slopes, wet surfaces, uneven ground, and navigating open fields which include: bumps, holes, etc.

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in the field; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to operate varied farming and horticulture tools and equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various College sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects, typically weighing 50 pounds, and occasionally heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.

Hazards: Conditions of Employment:

Official offers of employment are made by Mt. San Antonio College Human Resources and are made contingent upon Board approval. It is also required that a final offer of employment will only be made after the candidate has successfully been live-scanned and clearance for employment is authorized by Human Resources. Costs for live-scan services shall be borne by the candidate.

Notice to all prospective employees – The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Administrative Procedure 3518, titled Child Abuse Reporting, as a condition of employment.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Mt. San Antonio Community College Annual Security Report is available here: http://www.mtsac.edu/safety/pdf/ASR_2017.pdf

The person holding this position is considered a ‘Responsible Employee’ under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and is required to report to the College’s Title IX Coordinator all relevant details reported to him or her about an incident of alleged sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

Typing Certificate Requirements: Special Notes:

Please note: A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to each required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected].

TRAVEL POLICY: Costs associated with travel in excess of 150 miles one way from residence for the purpose of an interview will be reimbursed up to $500 maximum. Relocation costs will be borne by the successful candidate. Travel reimbursement claims must be submitted no later than 30 days following the interview date.


Foreign Transcripts:

Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.


Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected].

Selection Procedure:

A committee will evaluate applications, taking into account breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Interviews may include a writing sample, committee presentation, and/or performance test. The start date will be following Board approval and receipt of live scan clearance.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be guaranteed consideration, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received before the initial screening date and time indicated on the job posting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. All application materials will become College property, will not be returned, and will not be copied. Please visit our employment website at http://hrjobs.mtsac.edu to complete and submit your application for this position.

Letters of Recommendation
Confidential letters of recommendation are not accepted for this position. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the application.

EEO Policy:

The College is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex (gender), age, sexual orientation, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics.

Conflict of Interest

Mt. San Antonio College employees and the Board of Trustees members shall not engage in any employment or activity that is inconsistent with, incompatible with, or in conflict with Mt. San Antonio College’s Administrative Procedures (AP 2710 Conflict of Interest, AP 2712 Conflict of Interest Codes).

Cancel RTF Policy:



Quick Link http://hrjobs.mtsac.edu/postings/5724 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.
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  2. * Incomplete applications packets will not be considered. Stating “see resume” on your application will be considered an incomplete response.
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  3. * Evidence of minimum qualifications must be established in the online application form. Supporting documents such as cover letter, resume, etc. will not be used for the purpose of determining minimum qualifications.
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  4. * Letters of recommendation including confidential letters of recommendation must be received prior to the initial screening date deadline in order for the application to be guaranteed consideration. Applications submitted without letters of recommendation (if required) will be considered incomplete.
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Optional & Required Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Transcripts to Meet Required Qualifications
Optional Documents
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  2. Other Document 2
  3. Other Document 3




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Posted: 12/25/2018
Application Due: 5/6/2019
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