Performs all duties associated with propagation, production and care of nursery crops and permanent plant collections housed at the nursery. Duties are directly related to acquisition, growth and production of the collections of woody and herbaceous plant material and annual display crops. Ensures that plant records in the nursery are maintained to the highest standards, including the accurate labeling of plant material; researches propagation and production techniques and conducts trials to establish protocols. Produces plants in both onsite and offsite nursery facilities and in greenhouse and field production setups. Ensures that plants are produced to the highest quality.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Propagation of plants using a wide range of techniques including ( of seed, cuttings, division, graphting and micro-propagation
• Care and maintenance of all types of plant materials and seasonal crops (including but not limited to, watering, weeding, mulching, pest control, monitoring crops, applying growth regulators, nutrient application , transplanting, and pruning).
• Ensure temperature, light and humidity in greenhouses is at the optimum level and perform routine white-washing maintenance
• Ensure field growing conditions and in-ground irrigation are maintained at optimum levels
• Identify and correct nutrient deficiencies
• Identify and treat pests and diseases
• Adjust irrigation systems, shade and ventilation in greenhouse
• Ensure field and outdoor container production is adequately prepared for the winter
• Cultivate and prepare soil for field growing
• Ball, burlap, prepare and transport trees and shrubs for planting
• Maintain general care of horticultural tools, and technical equipment.
• Maintain highest standards of plant record keeping, ensure that plants are labeled with accession numbers at all times.
• Update the Living Collections Management Database when plants are added or moved.
• Utilize the Garden’s Living Collections Management System and Collections Development Wiki to aid in maintaining and developing plant collections.
• Work within the Garden’s Collections Master Plan and Living Collections Policy when developing living collections.
• Maintain soil fertility and ensure nutrient levels are maintained for optimum plant health.
• Conduct propagation and cultivation trials, developing protocols for assigned taxa.
• Record propagation and cultivation data using the Garden’s Living Collections Management System.
• Ensure that all appropriate national and international permits and regulations are followed when acquiring plant material, including the Convention on Biological Diversity Work with the Nursery Supervisor to purchase supplies and material for plant production.
• Responsible for assigned weekend watering rotation duties.
• Ensure that all applicable safety standards are followed. Adapt or modify work methods to reduce hazards. Report all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
• May be responsible for timely and accurate data entry of plant orders.
• Behave and communicate in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Minimum of (3-5) years’ hands on, relevant experience in greenhouse growing required.
• Demonstrated experience in greenhouse production.
• Thorough understanding of propagation skills, greenhouse propagation techniques, and greenhouse mechanical systems.
• Demonstrated experience in planning/growing various greenhouse crops ; annuals, tropicals, orchids, holiday crops, etc.
• Strong knowledge of appropriate and effective watering practices.
• Foundational understanding of landscape design to assist in planning/scheduling of crops; thus, ensuring timely delivery.
• Working knowledge regarding the use of biological controls is preferred.
• Knowledge and application of greenhouse horticultural practices to include plant height control, day length sensitivity, pest management.
• Proficient ability to identify various greenhouse pests and pathogens, and apply sound, appropriate remedies.
• Proficient in safe operation procedures for various types of landscape maintenance equipment.
• Ability to present technical concepts to non-technical functional teams.
• Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others, 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.
• 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.
• Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays for annual watering schedule and occasional snow/ice removal.
• Knowledge of and adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
• The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.
• B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field preferred.
• Associate’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 posses and maintain valid driver’s, chauffeur’s, 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– 80% or more of the workday is standing on feet.
• Ability to transport cumbersome potted plants and trays of varying weights.
• Ability to safely navigate narrow greenhouse aisles.
• Ability to operate equipment including tractors, forklifts, cultivators and mowing machinery.
• 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 all weather conditions (i.e., humid conditions, temperatures over 100°F as well as temperatures below 0°F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions as needed).
• 80% or more of the workday is standing on feet while watering or maintaining plants.
• 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 general questions regarding the Garden’s operations, events, facilities, etc.
Human Resource Management Division