Tree and Shrub Specialist

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Vacancy Number


Position Title

Horticultural Specialist

Working Title

Tree and Shrub Specialist

Competency Level



Landscaping - 35211

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Landscape Services Unit is part of the Physical Plant Department, Business Affairs Division. The unit provides support with maintenance, development and operation of all University grounds, performs skilled and semi-skilled duties in the maintenance and upkeep of landscape, roads, and parking areas. The Landscape Services Section is a part of the Physical Plant Business Affairs Section of the University. This unit provides support for the maintenance and operations of all University grounds.


Facilities - 35200 College

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Tree and Shrub Specialist will maintain the trees and shrubs for university properties. The position is responsible for the independent observation, cultivation, maintenance and promotion of trees, shrubs, or a plant collections in an assigned program or geographical area of the university. The position observes and diagnoses structural and horticultural problems. Work includes corrective actions, pruning, spraying or removing plant material following plans and/or approved horticultural/grounds practices and procedures. Work may require knowledge of a unique and unusual collection of plants, impacting the cultivation and maintenance of these plants. Maintains detailed records of plant species, including research on the design and maintenance of such plants. May prepare and maintain special beds; participate in landscape design and construction; supply and arrange special foliage for events; maintain indoor foliage; or promote knowledge and understanding of the plants. May serve as a technical expert or resource to others.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

High school diploma or equivalency and demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience

Requires North Carolina Pesticide License.

Preferred education, professional skills and experience

  • Working knowledge of landscape maintenance and ability to operate large and small equipment
  • Ability to direct and learn new skills while on the job
  • A demonstrated understanding of the mixing and application of pesticides and herbicides and the ability to oversee application by other employees
  • Ability to identify potential issues and notify appropriate parties
  • Ability to guide and oversee the work of others and communicate issues and directives.
  • Minimum of four (4) years experience or equivalent education from a Horticulture/Turf based-program
  • ISA Certified Arborist

    Required Certifications or licensure

  • Valid NC Drivers’ License
  • NCDA Turf & Ornamental or the ability to acquire within 90 days
  • Certified Arborist within 6 months of hire

    Recruitment Range

    $32,000 - $35,500


    1.0 (40 hours per week)

    Months Per Year

    12 Months

    Work Days

    Monday - Friday

    Work Hours

    6:00AM - 3:30PM (with subject to call-back and emergencies)

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    Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited

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    Special Notes to Applicants

    PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. Failure to answer all required questions will cause the system to disqualify your application.

    For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

    You will be required to attach a cover letter and resume to successfully apply for this position. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position.

    This position is being recruited at the Advanced level. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

    EEO Statement

    At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

    Eligibility for Employment

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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    Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
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