Public Garden Career Center - View Job

Return to Job listing

Nursery Assistant
Category: Horticulture

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Claremont, California

Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Nursery Assistant 

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden


DEPARTMENT:         Nursery, Production & Sales

STATUS:                     Hourly - Full-time   

REPORTS TO:           Production Manager

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California's native plants, grounds itself in a philosophy of biodiversity and the importance of bringing knowledge and conservation applications to the public through diverse educational programming, scientific research and display and sales of native plants.

Position Overview:

Duties of the Nursery Assistant fall into two main areas. S/he works closely with the Nursery Assistant Manager and the Production Manager on daily activities associated with propagation, production and care of plants in the collections, research and production nurseries. Equally importantly, the Nursery Assistant contributes actively to the operation of the vibrant retail nursery (Grow Native Nursery), participating in all aspects from stocking to inventory to working with customers and handling retail sales. The nursery assistant will manage the care and maintenance of California native plants, observing horticultural and environmental standards for these and other plants on site; aid in supervising of interns and volunteers; contribute to the operation of the retail nursery, and participate in outreach as requested.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Weekend work will be required

Nursery and Production Duties

  • Participates actively in propagation and production of California native plants to ensure the timely availability of beautiful, healthy native plants for exhibition at RSABG and for sale at the Grow Native Nurseries. This includes:
  • building skills in collection, processing, and storage of plant materials for propagation;
  • taking cuttings (both softwoods and hardwoods) and making divisions;
  • performing seed treatments, sowing and transplanting;
  • caring for growing plants including watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning.
  • Aids in the care of research and living collections plants.
  • Contributes to routine upkeep, maintenance, and repairs of nursery areas;
  • Assists in maintaining nursery records and entering data.


Grow Native Nursery Duties

  • Participates actively with the daily business operations of the GNN-Claremont including, but not limited to, receiving of plant deliveries, stocking, inventory, sales, and cash management.
  • Aids in the organization of the GNN including display of plants and other sales items, and advertising materials.  
  • Assists customers with plant identification and plant selections.
  • Aids in recruiting and managing volunteers including training and supervision for working in the GNN. 


The Nursery Assistant will: 

  • Follow RSABG policies with regard to site health and safety regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Previous work with California native plants is necessary; ability to learn rapidly essential.
  • Retail and production nursery experience or willingness to acquire skills in these areas coupled with demonstrated ability to quickly acquire new skills.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to work with staff and volunteers, and with customers of all kinds.
  • Associate's degree or some college coursework in horticulture or a related field desirable.
  • Relevant computer skills including word processing, database management, and spreadsheets, are required.
  • A valid California State Drivers License. 


Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of a time and walk long distances to various outdoor locations. 
  • Must be able and willing to work outside in inclement weather conditions.
  • Must be able to maneuver in narrow or confined places around fragile plants.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 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 Coordinator

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.

Return to Job listing