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Horticulturist – Japanese Garden
Category: Horticulture

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014

Horticulturist – Japanese Garden

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park


Posted: July 11, 2014                                                    Posting Expires: July 25, 2014

Position: Horticulturist – Japanese Garden                     Department: Horticulture

Supervisor: Lead Horticulturist – Japanese Garden         Pay Type: Full time, Hourly, Non-exempt


 Job Description: Specific to but not limited to the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. Performs all duties associated with design, maintenance and care of the outdoor displays and collections. Duties are directly related to the design, installation and care of the collections, woody and herbaceous plant material and annual display crops. Seasonal designs, plant selection and ordering (as needed) and careful attention to accession record keeping and plant labeling are critical components of this position.


 General Functions:

  • Responsible for the care, maintenance and development of the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden & other areas as assigned.
  • 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, pruning, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilization, irrigation and pesticide application.
  • Completes display designs, annual and perennial, on a regular basis, orders plants as needed for designs and oversees/performs the layout and installation of the designs.
  • Ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects, including other staff and volunteers is required.
  •  Oversees the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the landscape, maintenance issues and volunteer assignments.
  •  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.
  • Public Speaking and the ability to teach required.
  •  Performs “off-season” tasks (i.e., tree pruning, leaf pick-up, annual show set-ups, snow removal)
  •  In “winter” months, plows paths and roadways and shovels snow, reporting early and on weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
  • Responsible for assigned weekend & Holiday rotation duties.
  • Maintains general care of horticultural tools, and equipment (i.e., apply lubrication and general cleaning. Refers more serious problems to Supervisor)


Education: Four year degree in Horticulture

Experience: At least 3 years experience with some supervisory experience.

Specialized knowledge, Licenses: IPM knowledge. Pesticide applicators license or ability to obtain one. Valid Michigan driver’s license.


Send Resumes to: Director of Human Resources & Volunteers

                               1000 East Beltline NE

                               Grand Rapids, MI 49525



The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is an EOE.

All candidates are required to submit to our background and drug screening process


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