Horticultural Technician 2

Grade 12

New York State has approximately 13 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Parks and Recreation. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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  1. Horticultural Technician 1

    Grade 08

  2. Horticultural Technician 2

    Grade 12

  3. Horticultural Technician 3

    Grade 14

Summary of Job Description

As a Horticultural Technician 2, you would, under the general direction of higher level staff, provide general horticultural services to a Parks region, complex garden area, or major garden site or collection; supervise, train, and schedule skilled and semi-skilled employees and volunteers; prepare sketches and schematics for Horticultural Technicians 1 and grounds staff to plant and construct gardens; experiment with a wide variety of plants to determine those most suitable for a site or region; determine regional planting needs, develop propagation schedules, order materials, and supervise propagation of plants, trees, and shrubs for a region or major site; develop and implement integrated pest management systems; advise maintenance and grounds staff regarding plant and grounds care and maintenance; supervise and maintain greenhouses and related equipment; and direct the maintenance and care of a major garden or regional program.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

There are two examinations held for this position.  Please note:  New York State employees may qualify for both.  

For qualified employees of New York State on or before the date of filing application, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and have had one year of permanent non competitive service as a Horticultural Technician 1.

For all other qualified individuals, candidates must have:

Either 1. four years of technical experience in horticulture, plant propagation, nursery, or greenhouse work,* which includes plant pest and disease detection and control. This experience must include one year of supervisory experience;

Or 2. an associate's or higher-level degree and two years of technical experience in horticulture, plant propagation, nursery, or greenhouse work,* which includes plant pest and disease detection and control;

Or 3. a bachelor's or higher-level degree in horticulture, agronomy, forestry, or an agricultural related field.

* Experience working in a florist shop is not qualifying.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

25-257 36-240

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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