• Horticulturist
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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$34,416.00 – $48,852.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,434.00 – $2,035.50
Pay Grade: 

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This is professional horticultural work in the Department of Natural Resources.


An employee in this class is responsible for planning and managing the horticultural activities within a region of the Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation or for the State Capitol Complex. Work includes the care and maintenance of turf, woody plants and decorative, ornamental and native floral displays. Work may include the supervision and instruction of subordinate and seasonal staff in horticultural and arboricultural techniques. General direction is provided by an administrative superior however considerable independence is exercised in the technical horticultural work.

Job Duties

Formulates and submits project requests, annual plans and schedules, and cost estimates for grounds maintenance, landscape improvements, gardening and greenhouse operations for administrative approval.

Determines annual plant and seed requirements for landscaping, flower beds, turf maintenance and greenhouse operation.

Develops work schedules to coincide with appropriate dates for ground preparation, planting, transplanting, spraying, pruning, mowing and construction, and supervises or instructs staff engaged in these activities.

Provides technical assistance in turf and erosion control, floriculture, arboriculture and landscaping; personally performs horticultural and landscape duties as necessary.

Prepares specifications and requisitions for plants, supplies and construction materials; maintains files and operational records; and submits reports and comments on annual plan and special projects.

Operates a year-round greenhouse; starts plants from seeds, seedlings or cuttings; and maintains plants which require environmental control.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Park Operations & Historical Preservation

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One year of experience in large scale greenhouse or lawn and garden work; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in horticulture or closely related fields. (Graduate work in horticulture or closely related fields may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Thorough knowledge of principles and methods of horticulture.

Thorough knowledge of diseases and parasites which infect plant life.

Considerable knowledge of new developments and research in the field of horticulture and arboriculture.

Considerable knowledge of pesticides and herbicides.

Working knowledge of soils and fertilizers used in lawns, gardens, and greenhouses.

Working knowledge of greenhouse operation including the materials, tools and methods of operation.

Some knowledge of horticulture landscaping including the shaping of flower beds and the selecting of plants to use under various soil conditions and for different visual effects.


Ability to plant, transplant, and prune shrubs and flowers.

Ability to plan and supervise the activities of subordinates working on lawn, garden and greenhouse assignments.

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