Employment TypeJob (Part-time)
The Greenhouse Assistant will work closely with the Propagator in our 10,000 square foot greenhouse complex and ½ acre nursery to grow a wide variety of woody and herbaceous plants for research and public display. They will assist in management of greenhouse facilities, implementation of IPM program, and maintenance of a unique Victorian Fernery. They will participate in keeping detailed and accurate records. The Greenhouse Assistant will participate in research projects as needed. They will supervise interns and volunteers as needed. This position is expected to work on Sundays.
The Morris Arboretum & Gardens of the University of Pennsylvania, located in the beautiful Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, is one of America’s oldest arboretums and a destination for plant lovers from Philadelphia and beyond. It is home to a collection of more than 13,000 woody plants and host to special and educational events. We are a hub for botany, horticulture and urban forestry and a special part of Penn!
Duties & Responsibilities
Assist with propagation and production of plants for the living collection, display, and distribution.
Assist in maintaining healthy greenhouse and Fernery inventory.
Maintain detailed and accurate records. Participate in research projects as needed.
Assist with implementation of an Integrated Pest Management program for nursery.
Work with and mentor interns and volunteers.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
A H.S. Diploma or GED required, Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or related field preferred.
1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination education and experience.
A minimum of one year experience in nursery production required.
Experience operating machinery preferred and a valid driver’s license required.
Must be able to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide applicators’ license expected upon employment.
Must be able to lift 25 pounds and occasionally 50 pounds.
Be willing and able to work outside in all weather.
This position is expected to work on Sundays.