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Horticulturist and Plant Records Manager
Category: Horticulture

High Glen Gardens
Frederic, Maryland

Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Horticulturist and Plant Records Manager

High Glen Gardens

High Glen Gardens is a private, 64-acre, newly-developed estate in Frederick, MD with approximately 10 cultivated acres of formal gardens, including a perennial border, rose garden, annual beds, wetland area, greenhouse, Japanese garden, Mediterranean garden, vegetable garden, cutting gardens, English cottage garden, hawthorn orchard, and extensive perimeter plantings. 2014 will mark an exciting new era at High Glen Gardens as we begin the implementation of a new master plan to take the garden public. Other plans for the 2014 season include beginning work on a new landscape installation for a property on the Chesapeake Bay, the implementation of new database and mapping software, and several small- to mid-scale garden and design projects at the estate.
Peter Couchman, Executive Director, oversees the gardens and manages the staff of full-time and seasonal horticulturists and interns.
We are seeking an experienced, highly qualified Horticulturist & Plant Records Manager.
This will be a full-time, full-year position with competitive salary and benefits, including medical and dental insurance contribution, retirement plan contribution, life insurance contribution, paid holidays and flexible time off.
This is a 40+ hour per week position, with occasional weeknight and weekend work as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
 planting, maintenance, irrigation and fertilization of garden beds and containers in assigned garden areas to a superior quality
 design of annual beds and seasonal containers in assigned garden areas
 ongoing care of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines and tropicals using best practices
 management and maintenance of BG-Base and BG-Map software, including new accessions, updating horticultural information, and mapping/geo-location
 plant labeling, both accession and display
 formal hedge maintenance
 vegetable gardening
 weed control
 garden renovation and bed amendment
 greenhouse maintenance and limited propagation
 IPM with limited chemical pesticide application in accordance with all federal and state laws, regulations and safety policies, including recordkeeping
 composting
 proper utilization of basic landscape tools
 operation of small machinery and vehicles (golf cart, Bobcat, mowers, chipper, tractor, cultivator, tiller, 1-ton truck, etc.)
 limited irrigation installation, repair and maintenance
 limited turf care
 limited public interaction, including garden tours and workshops
 periodic inventories of tools, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.
 installation of seasonal decorations (fall displays, holiday lights and displays, etc.)
 snow removal and de-icing during winter months; storm clean-up as necessary
 occasional special event support
 other related work as needed, such as furniture and equipment maintenance, painting, etc., or as requested by the Property Manager
Required Qualifications
 ability to lift 50 lbs. and to perform strenuous physical tasks in all weather and temperature conditions
 minimum 2-year horticulture or closely related technical degree from an accredited college or horticulture program
 minimum 3 years high-level horticulture experience
 proven proficiency in BG-Base, BG-Map, GPS hardware and software, and MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
 valid driver’s license with clean driving record
 ability to follow directions and work independently, as well as supervise and work as part of a team
 highly motivated and active self-starter
 flexibility to work in an ever-changing environment with demonstrated ability to prioritize and juggle competing tasks and demands
 proficiency in public speaking and guest interaction
 High Glen Gardens is a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. Candidates who are offered employment are required to submit to a drug screening at the start of employment. Satisfactory completion is a condition of continued employment.
Preferred Qualifications
 possession of valid pesticide applicator’s license within 90 days of employment
 experience with vehicle maintenance, mowing, construction and irrigation
 skill in garden and floral design
 ability to speak Spanish
To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume and references to:
Peter Couchman, Executive Director
Visit us at for more information.
All applicants must be available for in-person interviews.

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