Senior Horticulturist

at Johannesburg Parks & Zoo
Published July 12, 2022
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Category Consultancy  
Job Type Full-Time  



To ensure the maintenance of existing greenery in accordance with defined targets, to deliver the

scheduled maintenance and management services of parks and cemeteries, to lead and supervise

regional parks, trees, and cemeteries maintenance teams, to provide horticultural specialist advise

and recommendations in order to support the achievement of the service delivery imperatives of

JCPZ to the City of Johannesburg.


  • National Diploma in Horticulture
  • B-tech in Horticulture added advantage
  • 3-5 years of experience in a municipal environment
  • Computer Literacy
  • Drivers license


  • Manage the depot’s expenditure in line with the regional budget as directed by the regional


  • Manage depot assets by providing regular information and updates on equipment,

materials and supplies, including asset registers, plant checklists and vehicle logs

  • With the assistance of the Administrator and Facilities Officer, liaise with Head Office and

the Regional Manager on matters relating to Facilities Management, Human Capital,

Finance and Supply Chain.

  • Attend to complaints from Ward Councillors/Community Leaders and Residents to ensure

good customer service and feedback.

  • Develop and implement annual and monthly scheduled maintenance plans for horticultural


  • Compile weekly work schedules for the horticultural teams
  • Provide technical advice on approaching horticultural tasks
  • Conduct spot checks and individual park assessments
  • On completion of tasks, ensure systems are updated
  • Co-ordinate crews to respond to customer complaints
  • Delegate responsibilities to groups within the region and monitor their performance
  • Provide leadership through clear communication of plans and targets
  • Oversee performance management of personnel on a daily, weekly and quarterly basis

which involves performance reviews and development plans for all staff

  • Enable the learning and development plans of the team in coordination with the JCPZ Skills


  • Ensure a healthily and fit workforce in conjunction with the regional manager, human capital

wellness unit

  • Plan, direct and oversee the operations of regional horticultural maintenance


  • Provide oversight and leadership for horticultural teams within the region
  • In conjunction with SHERQ Coordinators, ensure SHERQ compliance by following JCPZ

policies and OHS Act procedures

  • Coordinate with the regional manager on mitigating risks of operations and implement

preventative measures

  • Conduct needs identification for undeveloped parks, public open spaces and potential

Capital Infrastructure projects within the jurisdiction

  • Research new maintenance methods and processes to improve the operation


  • Good communications skills (written and verbal)
  • Report writing skills
  • Horticultural mechanization knowledge
  • Recreation Facilities Management
  • Financial Management: Operational Budget Control and Application
  • People/ Staff Management
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety Standards
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Liaison
  • Asset Management
  • General Administration
  • Horticultural Maintenance Services
  • Project Management
  • Knowledge of Environmental Legislation


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