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8 Jan 2019

Full-Time Gardener

Seattle City Light – Posted by citylight Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle’s electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Seattle City Light is seeking to hire a skilled Gardener to provide maintenance of landscapes surrounding City Light properties and Service Centers. This position, under general supervision, will perform skilled gardening and landscaping capabilities such as identifying symptoms and methods of control of plant diseases and insect pests. This role will also make recommendations on and implements the type of landscape maintenance needed for a given site. Work requires knowledge of standard methods, materials, procedures, tools, and equipment associated with landscaping and gardening.

This position will report to the Landscapes Supervisor in the Powerline Clearance and Landscapes unit within Transmission and Distribution Operations Division. The Gardener position will report out of the North Service Center.

The Powerline Clearance and Landscapes Unit at Seattle City Light is responsible for the management of vegetation in and around City Light assets (properties, electrical equipment, overhead lines, etc.) to ensure public safety and reliable power distribution. The unit is made up of four groups: Transmission ROW Maintenance, Distribution Power Line Clearance, Urban Forestry and Landscapes Maintenance. For the Landscapes Maintenance group, this includes the maintenance of planted landscapes and turf at 12 active substations as well as 60+ other properties owned and maintained by the Seattle City Light, and the control of undesirable vegetation in substation interiors.

Regular maintenance duties include, but are not limited to:

  •  Assist the Landscapes Supervisor in the planning and execution of maintenance regimes at various sites;
  • Control of undesirable plants inside substations;
  • Troubleshoot and make repairs to irrigations systems/lines/timers
  • Troubleshoot and make minor field-repairs to power-tools and mowing equipment;
  • Restore private and public property impacted by other City Light work groups;
  • Control weeds and maintain existing landscapes at various sites by weeding, pruning, mulching, applying herbicides, removing litter, planting/transplanting plant material, fertilizing/edging/mowing lawns and most other aspects of landscape maintenance;

Work Environment / Physical Demands:

  • Position requires the use of hand tools and small power equipment such as mowers, edgers, string trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, aerators, rototillers, etc., and the ability to work independently and in small groups.
  • Knowledge of various weed control techniques with a emphasis on reducing pesticide use and the ability to correctly identify weeds, plants and insects is essential.
  • The position requires the ability to work safely in and around energized electrical facilities, handle or work with toxic/hazardous substances, and areas of high vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Incumbents must be able to stand, bend and/or walk for extended periods of time and lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds. This position will also work in all weather conditions.
  • Minimum of two years work experience in landscape construction or maintenance, or in the propagation and maintenance of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees at a conservatory, greenhouse, or nursery (Combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).


  • Ability to obtain Washington State Pesticide Operators License within six months of employment.
  • A current Washington State Driver’s License

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of IPM (Integrated Pest Management).
  • Basic computer (Windows office suite) skills.
  • Prior horticultural education from classes, trainings or seminars.
  • Experience in landscape design, renovation and construction.
  • Understanding of and experience with irrigation systems, and ability to perform basic repairs.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process. Components of the background check may include a review of criminal history, identity verification, driving history, education, employment, professional licenses/certificates, and additional information as deemed necessary.

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How to Apply

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Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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