Lead Gardener (14273 Grade L06)
Description The Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission is an award winning organization with over 5,000 employees that administers over 52,000 acres of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas throughout Montgomery and Prince George's counties. We administer and maintain the park systems, and in Prince George's county, we are also responsible for developing the county's public recreation programs. Our Department of Parks & Recreation has the overall responsibility for planning, supervising and coordinating all park/recreation facilities and services throughout Prince George's County. The Maintenance & Development Division (M&D) is the largest Division within this Department and is composed of five major work areas: Fleet Management, Buildings & Structures (Trade Shops), Horticulture & Forestry (Roads & Grounds), Major Maintenance & Inspection and the Administrative section. The mission of M&D is to provide professional, high quality maintenance and maintenance support services for all parks and recreation facilities and to support the diverse work programs of the Parks & Recreation department in Prince George's county and its customers. This position is located in the Southern or Northern Landscape sections of the Horticulture & Forestry (H&F) group in the Maintenance and Development Division. This position will work under general supervision, performing skilled gardening and landscaping work in the care and maintenance of Commission parks, public gardens and/or landscaped areas of Commission buildings and facilities. The successful candidate will perform a full range of gardening and grounds maintenance duties, as assigned, with occasional instruction or assistance as unusual or unique situation arise. This candidate will provide assistance with landscaping/gardening projects to include: design, research and plant selection. They will also have a good knowledge base of the typical horticulture material used in this region, including the ability to ID plants (common and scientific names), shrubs and trees commonly used in landscape beds along with commonly accepted IPM practices. Examples of Important Duties Generally, assigned to an area landscaping crew, performing landscape bed preparation planting annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Landscape bed maintenance, including weeding, fertilizing, watering, raking and adding mulch. Ability touse and operate a variety of hand and power tools associated with the landscaping industry. Prune, plant and transplant trees Mow fine turf; from time to time, remove and relay sod Assist with the diagnoses of plant issues, such as drainage problems and pests. Under supervision, apply pesticides and fertilizers. Should be able to calculate the appropriate rates of pesticides and fertilizers. Record and maintain records of pesticides and fertilizers used. Operate mowers, small motorized equipment, utility vehicles and commonly used hand tools. Assist with the design and installation of hardscape structures - walls, steps, paths, fountains, etc. Operate snow throwers and shovels to remove snow from sidewalks and drives. Work Hours are 6:30 - 3:15 pm The salary range for this position is $40,877 - $55,412 annual. Minimum Qualifications 1. High school graduate or GED, and four years of progressively responsible experience in grounds keeping, building maintenance, or park maintenance; and demonstrated ability to read and understand materials and instructions and write routine records and reports; or 2. An equivalent combination of education and experience. 3. A valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's licenses must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required of their position. 4. Pass Commission medical examination. 5. Additionally, contingent upon area of assignment, some positions in this class may require: a. Registration as a Pesticide Applicator with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section, within twelve months of hire. b. Commercial Driver's License with appropriate endorsements THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION 2017 BENEFIT SUMMARY FOR MERIT SYSTEM EMPLOYEES The following information is a summary of benefits extended to all Merit System employees of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). All plans are optional except the Defined Benefit and Long Term Disability plans. Retirement Programs Defined Benefit Plan (Mandatory Participation) - Plans A, B and E exclude FOP members. Plan Employee Contribution Plan A: 7% of base salary. Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB. Plan B: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and7% in excess of SSWB. Plan C: 9% of base salary. (FOP members only) Plan D: 8% of base salary. (FOP members only) Plan E: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB. Deferred Compensation ICMA-RC 457 plan (Optional) Traditional and Roth IRAs (Optional) Health Insurance Plans (FOP Members Pay 20% for Medical, Prescription and Dental.) All others pay percentage below. Medical - Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) - (15%) UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus Point of Service (POS) - (20%) UnitedHealthcare Select Exclusive Provider Organization Health Plan (EPO) - (15%) Prescription - CVS Caremark (retail and mail-order) - (15%) Dental - United Concordia Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) - (20%) Vision - VSP (Vision Service Plan) - (Commission Pays 80% of the Low Option Plan only) Low, moderate, and high options are available. Frequency of covered services differs. Flexible Spending Accounts (Employee Pays 100%) Medical Account - Maximum annual contribution: $2,550 Dependent Care Account - Maximum annual contribution: $5,000 Long-Term Disability Insurance (Mandatory Participation) Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80% (FOP Members Pay 100%) Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary, maximum of $6,000/month Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance (Employee Pays 100%) Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary that exceeds $108,000; capped at $216,000 Basic Life and AD&D Insurance (Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80%) Two (2) times base salary; maximum benefit is $200,000 for each Supplemental and Spouse/Dependent Life Insurance (Employee Pays 100%) Supplemental - 1,2,3,4,or 5 times base salary; maximum benefit is $750,000 Spouse/Dependent Combination - $10,000/$5,000, $20,000/$10,000, or $30,000/$15,000 Sick Leave Bank (Eligible After One Year Probationary Period) Employee contributes leave hours each year Eligible for up to 66 work-days or 396 hours in 12-month period Leave Programs Annual: 15 days per year Personal: 3 days per year (12 month waiting period) Sick: 15 days per year Holidays:10 days per year Other Benefits Credit Union Tuition Assistance Program Employee Assistance Plan Wellness Program Legal Services Plan Work-Life Program This summary is provided for informational purposes only and is not, nor should be construed as an employment agreement with the M-NCPPC, implied or actual. It is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. For a more detailed description of benefits, please contact the Commission's Health and Benefits Office at (see application details).