Performs all job duties associated with horticulture design, maintenance and care of the conservatory displays and collections. Conducts research to target plants for inclusion into the Garden’s conservatory living collections. Ensures that the living collections contain the highest levels of plant diversity to support conservation, research and education; Job duties are directly related to the design, installation and care of the collections, woody, tropical and herbaceous plant materials and annual display crops including IPM; Plant selection, ordering, obtaining plants from Index Seminum and exchange with other botanic gardens; careful attention to accession record keeping and plant labeling are also critical components of this position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Promotes and maintains an environment that fosters trust, open communication, and teamwork, works effectively with other Garden departments and external organizations, agencies, etc. to accomplish goals and identify and resolve problems; escalates issues to management which cannot be resolved by the team.
• Takes an active role in developing the living plant collections to support conservation, education and research
• Maintains the highest standards of plant record keeping, ensuring that plants are labeled with accession numbers at all times
• Updates the Living Collections Management Database when plants are added or moved
• Conducts Integrated Pest Management (IPM) activities to ensure low pest populations and promote plant health
• Maintains soil fertility and nutrient levels are maintained for optimum plant health
• Conducts propagation and cultivation trials, developing protocols for assigned taxa
• Utilizes the Garden’s Living Collections Management System and collections development Wiki to aid in maintaining and developing plant collections
• Ensure that all appropriate national and international permits and regulations are followed when acquiring plant material including the Convention on Biological Diversity
• Works with the Garden’s collections master plan and living collections policy when developing living collections
• Performs a wide range of landscape/maintenance tasks important to the preservation, protection and transplanting of existing plants; including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, watering.
• Completes display designs, annual and perennial, as needed, orders plants as needed for designs and oversees/performs the layout and installation of the designs.
• Maintains general care of horticultural tools, and technical equipment (i.e., apply lubrication and general cleaning.) Refers more serious problems to management personnel.
• May be responsible for assigned weekend watering rotation duties.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Works with volunteers, interns and students Completes purchase orders and assigns time/material charges to appropriate account codes.
• Ensures that assigned areas are maintained in accordance with on-file garden descriptions.
• Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards. Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
• Performs tours and gives presentations as required; may be responsible for interacting with the media (TV, radio, newspaper etc), working with Public Relations to provide information about the horticultural content of their respective areas.
• Minimum of (3-5) years of hands-on, relevant horticulture work experience required.
• Working knowledge of tropical and temperate plants and general landscape maintenance techniques.
• Experience maintaining and developing living collections.
• Demonstrated experience maintaining accurate plant records.
• Proficient ability to identify various plant fungus, pests and pathogens and apply sound, appropriate remedies.
• Proficient in operating and knowledge of safe operation procedures for various types of landscape maintenance equipment.
• Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects, including but not limited to volunteers is required.
• Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct; knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures and systems.
• Ability to present technical concepts to non-technical functional teams.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
• Knowledge of and adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
• Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays as needed.
• The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.
• Associate’s or B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field required.
• An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
• Ability to possess and maintain valid drivers, chauffeurs, and pesticide applicator’s licenses.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 60 lbs. (i.e., load, unload and move gardening supplies, medium to heavy weight tools and equipment).
• Must be able to work in high heat and humidity.
• Requires standing, walking, bending, stooping and reaching for extended periods of time– 90% or more of the workday is standing on feet.
• Ability to wear Garden-issued Personal Protective Equipment.
• May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb ladders, etc.)
• Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).
• Ability to work indoors in frequently high temperatures (i.e., in temperatures over 90°F).
• Actively works hands-on with horticulture crew to complete landscape maintenance tasks.
• Wet conditions much of the time as watering is frequent.
• Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
Human Resource Management Division