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Category: Horticulture

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Claremont, California

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 

Hours: Full time, Hourly Position
Reports to: Director of Horticulture
Position Summary
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is seeking a passionate, creative and motivated individual to join the gardens horticulture staff. The ideal candidate should be a self starter and professed plant geek who has a desire to transform this vaunted 86 year old organization into an example of sustainable native plant horticulture and design. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is California’s native plant garden. The Garden is nestled at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the beautiful city of Claremont, California. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides ongoing care and maintenance of the assigned garden area.
  • Updates and keeps current all planting/removal record cards, Garden maps, pesticide use record cards, etc.
  • Develops plant lists for augmenting and updating the assigned garden area.
  • Cleans up and removes Garden debris (including dead-heading of spent flowers, and human generated litter)
  • Actively participates in the Integrated Pest Management Program for the control of weeds and pests. Applies pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals following all federal and state laws, regulations and safety policies as instructed and as necessary or as directed. Humanely traps and humanely terminates rabbits, ground squirrels, roof rats, wood rats, bull frogs and other garden pests as necessary or as directed.
  • Plants, mulches and prepares and conditions soil.
  • Installs, maintains/repairs and operates irrigation systems as necessary or as directed.
  • Uses hand tools effectively.
  • Provides spot repair of decomposed granite and asphalt to paths.
  • Safely and effectively operates power equipment (brush chipper, string trimmer, blowers, etc.) and provides operator servicing (filling and checking oil, gas, water, etc.) for same.
  • Reports servicing needs, equipment malfunctions, breakdowns, etc., in a timely manner.
  • Trains, supervises and works with interns and volunteers as necessary or as required.
  • Works with others to develop interpretive materials.
  • Assists with other appropriate aspects of Horticulture Department and Garden operations as needed, including participation in annual nursery events and in the Grow Native Nursery.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Degree in horticulture or equivalent work experience in horticulture practices.
  • Strong knowledge of or ability and desire to learn California native plants, and professional gardening experience.
  • Knowledge of use and safe operation of manual and power gardening tools.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and in teams.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Basic computer stills including MS Office.
  • Valid California driver’s license required.
Physical Demands
  • This is an outdoor physically-oriented and demanding position which requires:
  • Ability to walk, kneel, bend, stoop, sit, crouch and drive vehicles.
  • Ability to move equipment to various locations within the Garden.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of a time.
  • Working outdoors in inclement weather.
  • Must possess ability to operate powered heavy equipment.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
RSABG offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.
Qualified candidates please email, fax or mail resume and letter of interest to:
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 
Attention: Human Resources 
1500 N College Avenue Claremont, CA 91711
Email: or Fax: (909) 626-3489
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden acknowledges that equal opportunity for all persons is a fundamental human value. Each employee will be considered on the basis of individual ability and merit, without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, or marital status.

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