Horticultural Attendant-Leader

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
Baltimore, MD
United States
Job Description

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Job Posting Title:

Horticultural Attendant-Leader


Position Type:




LSUAM FA - FPO - FS - Land - Turf - West Zone (Forrest A Johnson (00003961))


Work Location:

0100 Landscape Services Building


Pay Grade:

Classified Technician and Skilled Trades


Job Description:

Works with and directs Horticulture Attendants, Mobile Equipment Operators and other labor to maintain the grounds and landscaping of the campus at LSU Baton Rouge and other off-site LSU properties as directed. This job entails working in adverse weather conditions, requires the ability to lift 50 lbs, and involves work on weekends and after hours as necessary. 

Job Duties:

75%- Works with and directs a crew of other grounds workers, contractors, and/or supplemental labor to maintain the grounds in assigned areas to levels of safety, appearance, and health as required. Operates or directs others working with power riding tractors, mowers (usually less than 25HP), entrances, canals, building perimeters, tree perimeters, road sides, etc. in a neat, clean, and safe condition. Supports other crews as necessary. 

10%- Directs others or personally applies chemicals for weed control, pest control, fertilization and amendment of soils; applies mulch to beds and under tree canopies, performs weed removal, assists with ornamental and flower planting, litter removal, litter container servicing for cleanliness, cigarette butt removal, etc. 

5%- Directs others or personally assists with irrigation work, digging, grading, and drain basin cleaning, and other types of grounds related tasks as needed. 

5%- Fills in for a Horticulture Attendant Foreman to direct the activity of 2 or more crews of Horticulture Attendants, Mobile Equipment Operators, and others in assigned tasks. Fills out time sheets, vacancy paper work, etc., as required. 

5%- Performs other work as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of experience in any of the following: farming, the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs, or groundskeeping.


Any college hours or degree must be from an accredited college or university.

Special or Physical Qualifications:

Due to the nature of this position and/or position responsibilities this position shall be subject to drug/alcohol testing in accordance with University Policy Statement 67. 
In accordance with PS-18 this position maybe required to report or stay on campus in the event of emergency or closure.  Ability to work in all weather conditions.  Overtime and Weekend Work. 
Ability to lift 50 pounds, be capable of reaching, walking, stooping, kneeling, or crouching. Must have physical ability to perform manual work. Must be capable of walking around the assigned area and stand for extended period of time. 


Valid Louisiana Class E License

Louisiana State Civil Service Job Details:



Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:

Please fully complete the Experience section of the application, listing out job duties and average weekly hours worked. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of a completed application for LSU Civil Service positions.

Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.

For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact Forrest Johnson at fjohns4@lsu.edu.


A permanent or probationary internal employee who is appointed to another position following certification from an open competitive eligible list is considered a new employee in the new position and shall serve a probationary period of six months. 


Posting Date:

November 13, 2023


Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

November 27, 2023


Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Remote Work - Positions approved to work remotely outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University’s partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.


Essential Position (Y/N):



LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and SAME Agency:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. LSU is also designated as a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency and provides assistance to persons needing accommodations or with the accessibility of materials. For those seeking such accommodations or assistance related to this search, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (hr@lsu.edu).


HCM Contact Information:

For questions or concerns related to updating your application with attachments (e.g., resumes, RS:17 documents), date of birth, or reactivating applications, please contact the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or email HR@lsu.edu.  For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact the department using the information provided in the Special Instructions section of this job posting.