Horticultural Technician 1

Grounds Department

The State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a full time, permanent Horticulture Technician 1, SG-8 position in the Grounds Department.

Posting Date: March 10, 2014          

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin April 7, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  $ 30,126/yr. to start.  In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time PEF employees, visit: http://www.suny.edu/hr/index.cfm

Description of Responsibilities: Positions in this title series perform a variety of scientific and technical activities, requiring professional training or experience, to propagate, maintain and treat, with fertilizers and disease control methods, a variety of plants.

The Horticultural Technician 1 is expected to perform technical work with considerable independence; generally in charge of a major garden area or program, under the supervision of higher level Horticultural Technician or other specialist.

The Horticultural Technician performs technical and manual tasks to care for and maintain plants and trees; is responsible for the care, maintenance, and propagation of all plants in an assigned collection; identifies abnormal plant conditions which may be caused by disease, insects, or growing conditions and applies measures to control or correct them; performs tree surgery, including cleaning and treating cavities or applying braces to branches; identifies and catalogs plants; selectively prunes plants to correct defects, thin growth, restore the natural form, and remove damage; supervises and trains volunteers and work crews assigned to assist in plant care activities; and uses a variety of hand and power tools and motorized equipment to perform plant care activities, or other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: Associate's Degree in horticulture, agronomy, forestry, or a closely related field; or two years of technical experience in horticulture, plant propagation, nursery, or greenhouse work, which includes plant pest and disease detection and control; or two years of college study in one of the above specialties and one year of experience as described.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in horticulture, agronomy, forestry, or closely related; CDL Class B w/air brake endorsement and NYS Commercial Pesticide applicators license.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume, a copy of unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three current references electronically to:


If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Mary DePentu, Search Committee Chair



Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Files must be complete to be considered.

Description of Department:  The Grounds Shop is within the office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations at the State University of New York at Oswego. A customer service, detail-oriented, fast pace environment, Facilities Maintenance and Operations maintains  the campus 3.5 million square feet of residential and academic buildings, 3.4 million square feet of hard paved surfaces, 250 acres of maintained green space, including 25 acres of athletic fields and 6 acres of ground displays.

Description of SUNY Oswego:  Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse.  Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News America's Best Colleges in 2010 and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in business, teacher education, and the arts and sciences. Of the entire 650 acres roughly 200 acres are maintained and consist of woods, lawns, 14 athletic fields, 5 acres of landscape & flower beds and buildings directly adjacent to Lake Ontario offering some of the best views of nature to be found in upstate NY.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at www.oswego.edu.

SUNY Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of age, race, color, gender, creed, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or protected veteran status.  For our full non-discrimination policy, see http://www.oswego.edu/about/titleix/discriminationpolicy.html

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing hr@oswego.edu. 

For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security Report on the Human Resources Website: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/human_resources/SecurityandFireReport.html