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Gardener / Horticulturist
Category: Horticulture

Pottstown, PA

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Gardener / Horticulturist

About Welkinweir: 
Originally purchased in 1935 as a working farm, Welkinweir is the former estate of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh. Over a period of five decades, the Rodebaughs transformed their beloved home into an extraordinary 197-acre horticultural display garden and nature sanctuary. Today, Welkinweir is an arboretum and nature preserve open to the public whose mission is to:
…inspire and educate the community through excellence in horticulture, historic preservation, and land stewardship. In this we extend and expand Everett and Grace Rodebaugh’s lifelong goal of preserving Welkinweir’s beauty and unique character for the enrichment and enjoyment of the public.
Welkinweir is also the headquarters of the Green Valleys Association, a non-profit watershed protection and environmental education organization founded by the Rodebaughs in 1964, to promote the protection of the natural resources of Northern Chester County, PA, through advocacy and education.
Gardener / Horticulturist
We are seeking a professional person, with an A.S. or B.S in horticulture or closely related field who will be responsible for maintaining the 55 acre gardens and arboretum. Responsibilities include garden maintenance tasks such as planting, proper pruning, weeding, watering, mulching, and otherwise cultivating plants in the collections, as well as lawn maintenance and limited tree care. A working knowledge of plants and horticulture, developed through experience and academic study is required, as well as a keen eye for garden detail.  
An ability to safely use and help maintain power tools and equipment such as weed eaters, mowers, blowers, and sprayers is a must, including the strength to such equipment for long periods of time in an outdoor setting.
Candidates will be responsible for preparing the garden for visitors as well as special events, maintaining the gardens, container plantings and surrounding areas to the highest standards of landscape maintenance and public safety. In winter this includes snow and ice management.
Additional tasks include assisting with the plant collection and plant records policies’ leading garden tours, assisting with educational programming and special events, as needed. Duties include working with volunteers and seasonal employees. 
Ideal candidates must be highly motivated, responsible, reliable, meet daily, weekly or monthly schedules and able to work independently, with minimal supervision. S/he must have excellent communication skills, observe and remember details, display flexibility when work assignments are altered, demonstrate professionalism at all times and have an aptitude for injecting positive energy and good humor into work and in dealing with the public.
This position requires working outdoors in inclement weather, with exposure to pollen, bee or wasp stings, poison ivy or other allergens. This is a position that requires physical strength and stamina. Must be able to lift, push, pull or carry objects up to 95 pounds. Hearing, speech and vision enough to work safely with equipment around other staff, volunteers, or visitors.
All candidates will be considered, regardless of background. However, successful applicants must have a strong interest in and knowledge of ornamental plants and landscape horticulture. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to work certain weekends and evenings.
Position reports to the Executive Director. 
To apply:  Please send a resume and three letters of recommendation (a minimum of one must be from a previous employer) to: or mail to 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown, PA 19465
Position will remain open until it is filled.

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