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Grounds Team Leader - Plant Specialist

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting Number:


Classification Title:

Horticultural Specialist

Overall Position Competency:


Working Title:

Grounds Team Leader - Plant Specialist

Position Number:




NC Salary Grade Equivalency:

GN04 (For employment/re-employment priority purposes only)

Recruitment Range:


Position Summary:

This position will report to the Grounds Department of Campus Operations. Primary responsibilities include working with a team of individuals in maintaining University properties. This position will assist in providing leadership to small crews and inspection of grounds work in a geographical area of campus. The Grounds Team Leader reports daily to the grounds supervisor regarding work accomplished and future team work required. This position may participate in landscape design and construction, as well as hardscape design and construction. The Grounds Team Leader – Plant Specialist may be called upon to assist with plant selection and may assist with maintenance questions in other zones of campus. The plant specialist should be knowledgeable about commonly used landscape trees, and shrubs.

In addition, this position will be responsible for all maintenance of a geographical area of campus including: pruning, weeding, pest control, planting of trees, shrubs, and perennials, mulching, fertilizing, and all aspects of maintaining trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials, mowing, weed-eating, snow removal, litter removal, and road/parking lot maintenance. Because of the extent of duties, an Agricultural/ Horticultural Specialist at UNC Asheville must be both knowledgeable and self-motivated. Each Agricultural/Horticultural Specialist must be an independent worker, and must be extremely capable and responsible.


Budget and Finance


Campus Operations

Full-Time / Part- Time:


Months per Year:

12 Months

Time Limited Position:


If time-limited, length of assignment:

Not Applicable

Minimum Education/Experience/Skills:

High school diploma or equivalency and demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Necessary Special Qualifications: North Carolina Pesticide License may be required and can be obtained within six months of employment; North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License may be required.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

A valid driver’s license is preferred. Experience in large scale landscape installation, including knowledge of the proper procedures for the installation of trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials are preferred. Advanced knowledge of native plant species and their use in the landscape is preferred. The preferred candidate will have experience in leadership of small crews, including strong communication skills.

Time management skills are needed to assess daily priorities of self and others in order to maintain a quality environment for the campus community. Advanced knowledge of grounds maintenance work and landscape construction.

Work Schedule and Hours:

Typical hours will vary between Monday-Friday from 7am-4pm and Tuesday –Saturday from 7am-4pm. Some evening and weekend hours may be needed to meet the needs of the department, winter weather, or during special events. The employee in this position is identified as critical personnel in accordance with UNC Asheville policy.

Competency Profile:

Special Instructions Summary:

Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date for each specific position. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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Closing Date:


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