Classification and Compensation

IOWA STATE BOARD OF REGENTS
REGENTS MERIT SYSTEM

Class Title: PLANT HOUSE ASSISTANT
Class Code: 5781
Pay Grade: 410

General Class Description

Under general supervision, assists in the operation of a greenhouse to produce flowers and plants used for teaching, research, and demonstration.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prepares soil mixes, plants seeds, performs root cuttings, and transplants seedlings and other plant propagation at proper times or as instructed.
  2. Cares for soil and plants as necessary: prepares soil mixtures; waters and fertilizes plants; prunes; and controls temperatures and ventilation of greenhouse(s). 
  3. Instructs students regarding greenhouse procedures and may supervise student employees.
  4. Conducts tours and answers patron questions or directs them to appropriate personnel.
  5. Applies pesticides under general supervision of greenhouse manager.
  6. Loads and unloads supplies and plants from trucks and keeps greenhouses and related areas clean. 
The tasks listed under the heading of Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are examples of the variety and general nature of duties performed by employees in positions allocated in the class. The list is descriptive only and should be used for no other purpose. It is not intended that any position include every duty listed nor is it intended that related duties cannot be required.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of horticultural plants and activities relating to culture and care and proper greenhouse environment. 
  2. Knowledge of pesticide application, storage and record keeping as prescribed by state statutes.
  3. Knowledge of plant diseases and appropriate treatment.
  4. Skill in maintenance, care, and treatment of horticultural plants.
  5. Ability to lift or transport large containers of soil, sand or other materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
  6. Ability to bend, stoop, and dig.
  7. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. 
  8. Ability to use and care for gardening tools, equipment and materials. 

Class Specifications

  1. Two years of greenhouse or related work experience, or any combination of experience and education or vocational training from which equivalent knowledge and ability can be acquired. 
  2. Successful completion of commercial certification tests for application of pesticides and be eligible for certification, as required. 
Revision Effective: 2001-05-01
The tasks listed under the heading of Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are examples of the variety and general nature of duties performed by employees in positions allocated in the class. The list is descriptive only and should be used for no other purpose. It is not intended that any position include every duty listed nor is it intended that related duties cannot be required.
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