City of Fort Wayne

Maintenance Seasonal - Botanical Conservatory-Revised

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Incumbent works to maintain the Botanical Conservatory's facility and plant collection using materials and methods as assigned.
Job Code: 2019033
Posted On: Monday, 4th February 2019
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks & Recreation - Botanical Conservatory
Shift: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tues. - Sat. or Sun. - Thur.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $9.00 - $10.00 per hour

Job Description:


The incumbent assists full-time gardeners in maintaining the Botanical Conservatory’s gardens, landscape, and plant collections using materials and methods as assigned. The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgment, independence, initiative, and professional expertise in conducting day-to-day operations. All work duties and activities must be performed in accordance with the City safety rules and operating regulations, policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local regulations. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the ability to interact with the public, City incumbents, and outside agencies with patience, tact, respect, and professionalism and the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists with turf care, including mowing & trimming,
  • Assists with garden bed maintenance, such as planting, weeding, mulching & watering,
  • Assists with volunteer horticulture crews as instructed,
  • Performs grounds work, including edging, sweeping, and removal of litter and debris,
  • Assists with seasonal display changes,
  • Picks up & delivers supplies per instructions,
  • Responsibly and effectively utilizes various chemical agents under supervision such as, but not limited to, pesticides and cleaning products.


  • May occasionally assist with facility & restroom cleaning,
  • May occasionally assist with set up and tear down of tables and chairs,
  • May occasionally assist with greenhouse production work.


The incumbent is responsible to manage their performance in accordance with this job description and the performance expectations provided to them by management. If at any time the incumbent is unsure of their role or specific responsibilities, it is the incumbent’s responsibility to refer to their job description and ask for clarification from their supervisor. Management will work with the incumbent, as needed, to ensure performance expectations are clearly communicated and performance goals are achieved.


Incumbent does not supervise any staff in this position.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • At least 18 years of age and completion of three years of high school, and,
  • Any combination of related work experiences such as gardening, landscaping, or similar.


  • Operates and maintains equipment in a safe manner,
  • Works with moderate supervision where instructions are relatively complete,
  • Works in harmony with fellow workers and maintains good relations with park patrons,
  • Maintains a neat and personal appearance,
  • Ability to drive one-ton truck, small utility truck, and large delivery van competently,
  • Communicates effectively both orally and written,
  • Ability to understand oral and written instructions.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before customers or employees of organization.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ration, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Incumbent is expected to carry out simple, repetitive, routine tasks. Practical knowledge of the use of small hand tools and power tools. Incumbent must be able to follow simple oral instructions and understand the general work required in the maintenance of all Conservatory areas as required.  


Valid Indiana Driver’s License;


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee lifts 75 pounds and carries the weight 25 feet. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Effort is exerted regularly for sustained periods where strain may be intense for frequent or moderate duration. Physical effort involves heavy lifting in a non-sitting position with high manual dexterity required.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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All applications for currently posted positions will be submitted on line at Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside one of the six contiguous Indiana counties that border Allen County (DeKalb, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wells, and Adams) will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of either Allen County or one of the six counties listed above. Policy and Procedure Number 204 Page: 1 of 1).

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

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