The City of Fort Lauderdale employees possess a passion for public service demonstrated by a high degree of enthusiasm, self-reliance, and job proficiency. They effectively convey the vision and mission of the organization and provide excellent service and satisfaction to our internal and external customers. The Landscape Inspector ensures compliance with City ordinances and accepted standards governing the installation and perpetual maintenance of required landscaping and irrigation systems. Work is performed independently and requires knowledge of applicable codes, rules and regulations and landscape methods, combined with skill and tact in explaining standards and reasons for compliance to builders, architects, contractors and the public.
The City offers a wide variety of benefits to employees. In addition to the competitive benefits package and salary, the City participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which offers an investment option and a pension option, and requires a 3% contribution from employees. New hires are automatically enrolled in FRS.
This job classification is included within the bargaining unit represented by Teamsters Local Union769 and therefore is subject to the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Fort Lauderdale and Teamsters Local Union 769.
NOTE: The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning essential duties not listed herein if such duties relate to the position.
- Performs inspections on properties that fall under City and County landscape ordinances
- Inspects new landscapes and irrigation for proper installation, material quality and makes recommendations for conformance to minimum standards
- Inspects existing landscapes and irrigations for maintenance deficiencies
- Investigates complaints and violations, issues citations to violators who fail to correct deficiencies and makes court appearances as required
- Present findings before the Special Master, Code Enforcement and other Board(s) as required
- Inspects existing vehicular use areas to determine compliance with retro-active ordinance requirements; informs and gives instructions for compliance
- Reviews landscape and irrigation system construction plans and blueprints
- Electronically prepares reports and maintains inspection records of work performed and properly enters inspection data, including documents and images using provided hardware and software systems and equipment
- Assists other departments in community projects such as Tree Give-a way's, Arbor Day's, City Work Days, etc.
- Performs related work as required
JOB REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
High school or vocational school or possess a G.E.D. certificateOne (1) to three (3) years of experience in horticulture, pesticide application, vegetation management, turf management, and supervision of construction and landscape installations. Additional qualifying experience or completion of coursework at an accredited college or university in a job-related field, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education or experience at the Department Director's discretion.Possess or be able to obtain a valid State of Florida driver's license within 30 days of hire. Preference:
- Landscape Inspector Association of Florida (LIAF) Certification
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Certified Pesticide Applicator Certification
- Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certification
Non-Essential Employees will not be required to work during a declared emergency but may be required to work in some capacity after the declared emergency. The employee's Department Head will determine when the employee will be required to work.
PHYSICAL STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The position involves medium physical demands, such as exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects. Ability to lift, carry, climb, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, walk, push, pull, grasp, stand and access heights or areas where limited space is available.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
HOW TO APPLY/ VETERAN INFORMATION
Applications will be reviewed and the hiring authority will contact those applicants whose application reflects the best match of experience for the position.
Depending on the number of applications and the quality of their education and experience, the examination may consist of one or more of the following tests: Evaluation of Training and Experience, Oral Interview, Written Examination, or other assessment method. Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each part of the examination to qualify. All successful applicants will be required to pass a medical examination, including drug screening, prior to appointment.
An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran's preference, candidates MUST submit a copy of separation papers and the City of Fort Lauderdale's veteran's preference claim form ( J-204) .
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The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular full-time employees including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and short-term disability insurance.
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Closing Date/Time: 3/17/2023 11:59 PM Eastern