Landscape Plant Health Specialist

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

Job Details

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-12
Req: R0025875
The University of Virginia Facilities Management Landscape Services Department is seeking a Landscape Plant Health Specialist. Facilities Management (FM) supports the University of Virginia's wide range of research, academic and patient care programs. With over 1,200 employees dedicated to excellence, Facilities Management is responsible for the day-to-day operation, repair and maintenance of UVA's buildings, infrastructure and grounds as well as other University-owned and leased properties.

The University has been recognized by multiple sources over the years as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. More recently (2018) the University has been designated by The Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Campus” which speaks to the commitment of the Landscape Department and the University for maintaining the health of our trees. In addition, the University has received the designation of being a Bee Campus (2020), again speaking to our dedication to supporting the pollinator insect population on Grounds.

We are seeking a Landscape Plant Health Specialist who wishes to be part of this team tasked with maintaining the exterior environment that is the Grounds of the University of Virginia. Landscape Plant Health Specialists provides Integrated Pest Management (IPM) landscape expertise with regard to installation, renovation, pest control, and maintenance of turf grasses, landscape ornamentals, and irrigation systems. Landscape Specialists may direct small groups in the completion of projects across the University.

Landscape Plant Health Specialist duties Include:

  • Diagnose and treat landscape pest, cultural or nutrient issues with emphasis on public safety
  • Be able to interpret soil test analyses and treat accordingly.
  • Be well-versed in non-toxic pest controls including bio-controls, pest predators and organic products.
  • Be able to operate a variety of application equipment including backpack sprayers to truck/tractor mounted sprayers / spreaders.
  • Install and maintain highly specialized landscaping across Grounds, with specific attention given to highly visible planters and gardens.
  • Provide direction to and guide staff in completion of special landscaping projects.
  • Advise supervisors, recommend actions regarding the health of plants within landscaping, and implement actions accordingly.
  • Perform all work in accordance with safety rules and procedures, according to OSHA and Environmental Health and Safety guidelines.
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to adjust work hours to accommodate best hours for application of controls
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

The hiring range for this position is $19.00-22.00 per hour ($39,520-45,760 per annum).

Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Experience: Three years of experience.
Licensure: Valid VA driver's license. Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Certified Pesticide Applicator's license in categories 3-A and 3-B required. Certification in categories 5-A, 6 and 8 as well as VDACS Fertilizer Applicator Certification preferred. Certification may be required for specific equipment usage. Specialized training and successfully complete written and performance tests to comply with OSHA code may be required.

The selected candidate will need to complete all required background checks prior to starting in the position.

Working conditions and physical demands:

This position is exposed to varying temperatures due to outside work and to noise from working around and with machinery. This job will require standing, traveling, and lifting above and below the waist various weights which may include different landscape equipment and materials. The use of both hands and a repetitive motion will be required while pruning, driving, weeding, and pushing lawn mowers.

To Apply: Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘R0025875.’ Complete an application online and attach a resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address). Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘R0025875.' Complete an application online and attach a resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. Preference will be given to applications received by July 22, 2021. For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

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Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


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Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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