Nursery Specialist

Hiring Organization: City & County of San Francisco
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: June 6, 2018

3428 Nursery Specialist

Recruitment #PBT-3428-086580


Appointment Type

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Commission Rule 111A.

About Us

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) manages and maintains more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the city, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100-acre system includes 24 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department's responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts and Lake Merced.

More than 2,000 talented individuals comprise our team, from gardeners, foresters and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

Position Description

Under direction, participates in or leads the performance of a wide variety of plant propagation activities involving the control of environment factors in a nursery, greenhouse or conservatory.

Essential Duties

The 3428 Nursery Specialist:

1. Makes and sets cuttings or grafts; sows seeds; transplants seedlings or rooted cuttings to pots or flats; gathers seeds, lays out field crop beds; pots and repots plants; and waters plants as required;

2. Sterilizes and mixes soils for plant propagation and production activities; prepares and applies fertilizers to crops when needed; and prunes and stakes nursery stock;

3. Makes necessary adjustments to ventilation, temperature, humidity and other environmental factors affecting plants; and supervises the irrigation and cultivation of all crops;          

4. Prepares floral arrangements; assists in the design and installation of new exhibits; takes inventory of stock; fills orders; prepares floral displays and fills orders for greenhouse stock; inspects nurseries and greenhouses for maintenance needs; and makes minor repairs as required;

5. Follows principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM); monitors both pest and predator populations; specifies beneficial predator needs to be procured by supervisor; and prepares and applies fungicides and insecticides for use in the nursery and greenhouses;

6. Keeps detailed records about plants in the living inventory for incorporation into the plant records computer database; keeps detailed plant propagation records; identifies plants in the living collection; keeps detailed plant culture and growth records; participates in plant inventories; maintains detailed records of plant propagation activities and production records; and keeps detailed IPM records;

7. Conducts tours; provides plant information to the public; interacts with the public; teaches classes; writes articles for newsletters; and serves as a member of one or more plant societies; and 

8. Leads groups of employees, interns and volunteers in the performance of a variety of nursery activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Two (2) years of professional experience in the propagation and culture of plants in a commercial or municipal nursery, greenhouse or conservatory.

License and Certification

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License; AND

Candidates who become eligible for appointment will be required to obtain a Qualified Applicator’s Certificate (QAC) or a Qualified Applicator’s License (QAL) from the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Incumbents who fail to obtain this certificate or license within a six (6) month time period from the date of appointment will be separated from employment.


Completion of 30 semester / 45 quarter units in Horticulture, Agronomy or a related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in Horticulture, Agronomy or a related field may be substituted for the required two (2) years of experience.

 Desirable Qualifications

Two (2) years coursework in horticulture or related field at an accredited college or university
One (1) year of experience working in a public conservatory setting
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

Select the desired job announcement (PBT-3428-086580)
Select "Apply" and read and acknowledge the information
Select either "I am a New User" if you have not previously registered, or "I have Registered Previously"
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Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst Antonio Archuleta by telephone at (415) 831-6858, or by email at