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Landscape Technician II

Apply now Department: 3670010090 Horticulture Natural Resources
Job no: 517327
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Horticulture, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 04A

About This Role:

The Gardens at Kansas State University are a horticulture display garden that was established as an educational resource and learning laboratory for K-State students and the visiting public. Under the direction of the Director, the Landscape Technician II provides physical and horticulture support for the entire exterior aesthetics of the garden grounds. This role has wide ranging responsibilities including:

  • mowing
  • trimming
  • edging
  • applications of fungicides
  • insecticides and fertilizers for plant health and herbicides for weed control
  • irrigation maintenance
  • installing trees, shrubs, perennial and annual flowers
  • pruning trees and shrubs
  • maintaining grounds equipment
  • snow removal

This position requires the employee to be on-call for after-hours emergencies from time-to-time.

Why Join Us:

The Gardens at Kansas State University are a horticulture display garden that was established as an educational resource and learning laboratory for K-State students and the visiting public. The Gardens are a privately funded project, located on the K-State campus. When completed, The Gardens will be a 19-acre garden, designed to show hardscape and tested ornamental plant material in different aesthetic settings.

If you enjoy working outdoors, you will love working in Gardens at K-State.  You will get to work with eager students, enthusiastic volunteers and interact with exceptional visitors.  The Gardens provide a peaceful atmosphere for everyone which makes for a very rewarding work experience.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires six months of relevant experience. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by a hiring manager. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • One (1) year of general labor, landscape, or construction experience preferred.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and throughout employment.
  • Licensed herbicide applicator is a plus.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with basic computer operating system and programs (Outlook, Excel, Word and Chrome).
  • Basic knowledge in zone 5/6 plant material identification, installation and maintenance is preferred.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Resume 
  2. Contact Information for 3 professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by May 17, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$32,000 - $35,000

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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