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Category: Horticulture

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
Valparaiso, Indiana

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013


Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Reports to: President and CEO, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
Primary Function: The Horticulturist is responsible for maintaining the living plant collections at the Arboretum including actively working in daily horticultural tasks in the exterior gardens and greenhouses. The Horticulturist will also participate in the planning and development of a world-class Oak Preserve in Northwest Indiana designed by museum exhibition designer Ralph Appelbaum. 
Status: Exempt 
Schedule: Full
Primary Responsibilities 
The Horticulturist’s primary functions include: 
  • Maintains outdoor herbaceous collections in formal gardens and native environments, including but not limited to soils, weeds, pest and disease control, plant selection, fertilization, deadheading, staking, planting and dividing.
  • Assists in the preparation of management plans for outdoor gardens and living collections. 
  • Researches and assesses the best horticultural practices for managing the living collections. 
  • Assembles plant orders and schedules plant deliveries. 
  • Researches horticultural uses of plants. 
  • Identifies plants and conducts plant surveys.
  • Assists with preparation of selected publications, profiles, and printed material regarding outdoor gardens and plant collections. 
  • Provides direction to and coordination of garden volunteers developing long-term productive relationships and growing the size of the program over time
  • Provides direction to seasonal staff as needed.
  • Assists in monitoring living collections for pests and diseases. 
  • Maintains systematic plant records in BG Base.
  • Assists in writing related grants and/or provides information and data for relevant grants and proposals
  • Maintains relevant herbarium specimens.
  • Coordinates care of greenhouses with relevant staff.
  • Teaches classes as needed
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Participates in promoting the Arboretum in general, and horticulture specifically, using social media.
Minimum requirements
  • Bachelors degree in horticulture or closely related field and demonstrated horticultural knowledge
  • Minimum of two years experience as a professional horticulturist
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plants native to Indiana
Licenses and Certifications 
  • Must have a State of Indiana Pesticide Applicators License for turf, ornamentals, 
  • greenhouse and aquatic pest management (or obtain within 3 months) 
  • Must possess a valid State of Indiana Driver’s License 
Computer Skills
  • Knowledge of BG Base
  • Ability to use social media
  • Ability to use Microsoft office suite efficiently
Physical Demands 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable  accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential  functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to and include "Horticulturist" in the subject line.

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