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Horticulturist
Category: Horticulture


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Belmont, NC

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Horticulturist

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a nationally distinguished public garden known for its vibrant and eclectic collection of plants and elegant seasonal displays. The Garden includes over nine acres of plant display beds, including formal gardens, perennial gardens and annual display beds. The Horticulturist is the frontline horticultural agent at the Garden, primarily responsible for maintaining the highest quality display at all times. The Horticulturist must manage time, space and resources to identify and address the most relevant maintenance needs of the large and dynamic plant collection. The Horticulturist is a hands-on, maintenance-oriented position within the department and performs all levels of landscape and grounds maintenance. Garden Horticulturists are integrated staff members and actively participate in all forms of Garden programs and events, especially exhibit installations and education.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES/TASKS:

  • Maintains all public garden areas to be safe, weed free and a represent the highest level of horticultural display and maintenance standards.
  • Manages herbaceous perennials for health and reliable and persistent bloom quality. Manages perennial plant containment and migration.
  • Manages woody shrubs and small trees for health, structure and scale, as well as display quality.
  • Coordinates large tree management and removals with the Director of Horticulture.
  • Understands and supports the original design intent of separate gardens and garden areas.
  • Identifies projects and renovations and coordinates project execution with the Director of Horticulture.
  • Assists the Director of Horticulture with design development for seasonal outdoor displays.
  • Supports the seasonal rotation and maintenance of approximately ten thousand square feet of annual display beds, including bed preparation, weeding, pinching, pruning and hand-watering, as required.
  • Operates an active IPM program that includes scouting and both conventional and progressive control methods.
  • Responsible for plant labeling and tracking in accordance with established plant records management standards.
  • Generates regular plant lists to highlight seasonal interest.
  • Responds to guest questions in the Garden, as well as via phone and e-mail correspondence.
  • Oversees the training, scheduling and management of volunteers for horticultural maintenance and projects.
  • Performs all levels of landscape and grounds maintenance tasks, as required.
  • Serves as an active member on planning committees and supports education programs, including tours and presentations.
  • Serves as an external representative of the Garden and participates in local societies or professional organizations.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum: At least an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and three years professional experience in managing large-scale display gardens or botanical collections; relevant experience in temperate hardiness zones.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and five + years of experience, including managing display gardens with design, display and public horticulture experience.
  • Well rounded knowledge of wide variety of plant species, including care and maintenance requirements
  • Ability to design and install plant-based displays as well as prepare and lead horticultural classes and presentations.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a diverse audience.
  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to produce a clean driving record.

Interested candidates must submit resume and letter of interest with professional references and minimum rate of pay to:

Director of Human Resources
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, North Carolina 28012
Or via email to: pringle@DSBG.org
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.
 

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