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Horticulture Specialist
Category: Horticulture

Washington National Cathedral
Washington, DC

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Horticulture Specialist

Washington National Cathedral


Job Summary:

Serves as horticulturist/gardener for Bishop’s Garden and assists in the maintenance oversight of Herb Cottage Garden, Church House, Woodland, Cathedral area, Cathedral College, Nitze, and Kenny. This position is responsible for the maintenance and care of ornamental beds, trees and shrubs, as well as the over-all appearance of assigned zone.

Among the duties assigned to this position are the following:

  • Provide horticultural oversight of highly-maintained areas on the Cathedral Close, specifically the Bishop’s Garden.
  • In conjunction with Director prepare annual and seasonal work schedules. Responsible for the labeling and keeping of plant records.
  • Maintain Bishop’s Garden to the highest horticulture standards. Maintain ornamental beds by mulching, weeding and clearing area free of litter and leaves. Also properly groom, deadhead, stake, and prune plants.
  • Maintain records of work and log of plant collection and job activities. Maintain notes of requested work, time completed and various plant-related events.
  • Recognize and report potential physiological or nutritional problems such as wilting, leaf scorch, or deficiencies of nitrogen, iron, and magnesium.
  • Operate all equipment and tools safely and properly. Return cleaned tools and equipment to proper place.
  • Follow proper techniques of soil preparation, plant installation, and pesticide application.
  • Take a lead role in the Horticulture Volunteer Program.
  • Participate in snow removal and safe operation of snow-removal equipment as needed. (This is an essential personnel position.)
  • Represent the Cathedral Horticulture Staff in professional associations/organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years experience in public gardening, including landscape and grounds maintenance. Some Supervisory experience preferred.
  • A degree in horticulture or related field or a combination of education & experience that includes courses equivalent to a major in horticulture.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driver's record, and be capable of operating pickup trucks and tractors safely.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of plant material, proper maintenance techniques, and correct horticultural practices, with good aesthetic sensibility.
  • Understanding of Integrated Pest Management techniques and ability to obtain DC Pesticide License within 6 months.
  • Ability to work well within a diverse and multicultural workforce.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to operate all types of grounds maintenance equipment, such as mowers, power sweepers, sprayers, blowers, trimmers, aerators, and tillers, safely.
  • Good interpersonal, communication, and literacy skills.

Working Conditions:

  • Normal work hours are Monday-Friday 7:00-3:30; must have flexible schedule as work priorities will shift.
  • Must be able to work required overtime, often with little advance notice (e.g., snow removal, storm damage). Scheduled overtime includes annual events.
  • Must be able to work outside in inclement weather—extreme heat and cold, high winds, rain, and snow.
  • Must be able to perform physical work including bending, stooping and reaching. Must be able to work on feet for extended periods of time and to lift, carry, and push at least 50 lbs.

The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation seeks interest from those who will contribute to an atmosphere in which diversity is valued and supported.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume, and please note job code DV-3, to; or fax to (202) 537-5661; or mail to Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, Human Resources Dept., Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves., NW, Washington, DC 20016-5098.



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