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Seasonal Horticulture
Category: Horticulture

Wellfield Botanical Gardens
Elkhart, IN

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Seasonal Horticulture Job Description


Wellfield Botanical Gardens


Wellfield Botanic Gardens promotes the inseparable relationship between water, plants and animals. It is a source for inspiration, creativity and education in a setting celebrating nature and the importance of water. The Gardens is situated on 36 acres, six blocks north of downtown Elkhart on the historical North Main Street well field. The Gardens is an unparalleled opportunity to educate visitors about the importance of fresh water, native habitat, conservation and the sustainability of our environment.


Job Summary


Position: Seasonal Horticulturist
Reports To: Horticulture Manager
Position Status: Seasonal Part-time (32 or 24 hours per week)

Position Duration: April/May through October/November


The seasonal horticulturist works during the peak of the growing season assisting the horticulture manager and volunteers with standard bed maintenance. Duration of employment is approximately 26 to 32 weeks from the date of hire – there are no benefits for this position.  Work hours are flexible, but this position is expected to work at least one weekend day each week. This position requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


Job Responsibilities


  • Perform garden and grounds maintenance tasks including planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, mowing, fertilizing and other tasks as required
  • Safe operation of power tools such as mower, leaf blower, and string-trimmer
  • Utilize organic pest management techniques under supervision
  • Supervise horticulture volunteers as required
  • Interact with garden guests as required
  • Other duties as required


Job Requirements


  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic plant maintenance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe operation of tools and equipment
  • Willingness to perform hands-on horticulture tasks in all weather conditions Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to work at least one weekend day per week with occasional evening work for events
  • Customer service experience


Job Qualifications


  • High school diploma or G.E.D., Bachelors preferred
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in plant maintenance and experience operating power equipment preferred
  • Enjoys and able to work with diverse populations
  • Able to work under supervision or independently


Qualified Applicants please submit a cover letter and resume to:

1.      Email to

2.      Mail to Wellfield Botanic Gardens, PO Box 476, Elkhart, IN 46515-0476

3.      Drop off at office located at 921 N Main St, Elkhart, Tuesday – Thursday

Positions opened until filled.

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