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Category: Horticulture

Tulsa Botanic Garden
Tulsa, OK

Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Horticulturist (full-time)

Reports to: CEO

Supervisory Responsibility:  1 full-time Groundskeeper, 2 part-time Gardeners

FLSA Status: Exempt

Full-Time Position:  40 hours per week, health/dental/retirement benefits, paid vacation, holidays, sick leave; prepaid attendance at professional meetings.

Position Summary & Duties:  The Horticulturist will lead a team of gardeners responsible for horticultural operations at Tulsa Botanic Garden.  This person will join an exciting and dedicated staff and board engaged in bringing forth the vision of a master plan that will see 60+ acres of fine gardens developed over a 20-25 year period.  Presently, Tulsa Botanic Garden is working on a three-year development phase that will see its first four major gardens created, along with other horticultural plantings, new office spaces, a new nursery and greenhouse facility, and other requisite infrastructure.  More information can be found at

Primary duties of this position include maintenance of existing planting beds, lawns, outdoor spaces around offices and the visitor center, nature trails, walkways and driveways, fence lines; creation of new gardens and planting spaces; and care of plants grown in a new nursery facility.  The development of new planting beds, including soil preparation, planting, and aftercare, is an ongoing priority.  (Development of major new garden spaces will be facilitated through a construction team, these spaces to be maintained by the Garden’s horticulture staff.)  This position will properly document new plantings, removals, deaths, and changes to planting beds.

Applicants must be able to work outdoors under environmental conditions typical to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Abilities to lift 50 pounds and handle typical landscape maintenance equipment (small tractor, mowers, tillers, string-trimmers, pruning/cutting equipment, hand tools) are critical.  Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing.  Occasional use of pesticides will be required, and candidate will be expected to obtain and maintain an Oklahoma certified pesticide license.  Applicants possessing design skills with seasonal plantings, color beds and containers will be favorably considered.

Required Skills, Experience & Education:  Qualifications for this position include a 2-year or 4-year degree in horticulture or a closely related field, or at least 2 years’ experience working in a recognized public garden / botanic garden.  Knowledge of general horticultural principles, landscape management techniques, botanical nomenclature, and ornamental plant identification (annual bedding plants, tropical tender perennials, hardy herbaceous perennials, shrubs, flowering vines, and trees) is crucial.  Experience with irrigation systems and nursery production is also desired.  Ability to work with volunteers is necessary.  Organizational and record-keeping skills are required of this position.  Familiarity with growing conditions and the climate of the south-central U.S. will also be favorably considered.

Compensation:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  A benefits package comprising a health and dental plan, 10 days paid vacation per year, 7 paid holidays per year, and a 401(k) retirement program is included with this position.  Applications for this position will be accepted until Monday, July 14, 2014, or until a suitable candidate is identified. 

This position reports directly to Tulsa Botanic Garden’s CEO, Todd Lasseigne.  Interested applicants should submit the following via email to  (a) cover letter explaining interest in the position, (b) current resume, (c) two references including contact information, and (d) a statement of minimum rate of pay.  No phone calls, please.

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