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Hillsborough County Government

Landscape Gardener (#LDSPGDAFSE) AFSE
$10.69-$16.97 Hourly / $1,852.93-$2,941.47 Monthly / $22,235.20-$35,297.60 Yearly


Performs routine landscaping, gardening and grounds maintenance duties in County parks, yards or wetland mitigation sites and acts as lead worker for other ground maintenance staff.


Completion of the sixth grade; and
Two years of experience in groundskeeping, landscaping, gardening, farming or plant nursery work.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of horticulture maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of proper operation of mechanical and powered equipment used in grounds maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of application techniques for fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides.
  • Working knowledge of safety requirements involved with operation of required tools and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of safety requirements involved with application of pesticides and herbicides.
  • Ability to operate mechanical and powered equipment used in grounds maintenance.
  • Ability to identify weeds, soil mixture, turf types, plant health and soil moisture levels.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of others.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Determines types of trees, flowers, shrubs, plants, and grass suitable for specific areas, plants them during appropriate seasons using seeds, seedlings, or nursery plants and schedules maintenance.
  • Inspects areas for presence of harmful insects, bugs, or parasites and applies pest control measures as needed.
  • Performs grafting, propagation, and other experimental work with trees, flowers, shrubs, plants and grasses.
  • Acts as a lead worker over ground maintenance employees.
  • Collects, stores, and catalogs seeds for future use.
  • May performs general groundskeeping duties.
  • May operate riding mowers or other power equipment as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: LDSPGDAFSE; EST: 4/10/1998; REV: 12/15/2011;