Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
The Horticulturist will provide ongoing support and be an integral component of the Horticulture Team. This position will be responsible for a broad range of garden management activities as we strive to honor our mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants as foundational to the work we do at the Garden.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit public garden situated on 14 acres in the heart of downtown Des Moines. At the Botanical Garden, we are passionate about exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants. Beyond the beauty and inspiration of our urban setting, we are dedicated to creating signature, memorable experiences through progressive garden design and innovative programming. People, plants and passion are the focus of what we do. By educating and enriching the lives of our guests, we provide a valuable resource for our community and forge partnerships stronger than the sum of our individual parts.
Duties & Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and perform other duties as assigned.
• Site/soil preparation, sowing, planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, pruning, monitoring for pests/disease, and implementing Plant Health Care practices.
• Prepare the Garden for daily visitors as well as special events, ensuring that the Garden is well groomed, the plants and collections are healthy, and the Garden is safe and attractive for the public.
• Assist with the horticultural design and development as needed in support of the horticulture team.
• Assist in maintaining current plant record documentation as we continue to expand our living collection.
• Lead horticultural tours and assist with educational programming and special events.
• Supervise volunteers in horticultural tasks.
• Assist with occasional evening, weekend and/or holiday work to provide necessary plant care.
• Operate small gas-powered engine tools and small utility vehicle.
• Carry out other such duties as assigned or requested.
Education and Experience
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this position.
Education and Experience
• Associate’s or bachelor’s degree or in pursuit of a degree in horticulture, botany, or plant science from an accredited college, university, or recognized certificate in horticulture or equivalent experience.
• Broad knowledge of herbaceous and woody plant identification, growth and cultural characteristics, pest and disease recognition, and familiarity with PHC practices.
• Current Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicators License with the 3OT Category or ability to obtain within six months of hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Ability to operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, small/large engine equipment, and vehicles safely and effectively.
• Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties.
• Self-motivated, organized, generous team player, and attentive to details, with the ability to manage time and function effectively without close supervision.
• Ability to interact in an appropriate and professional manner with the general public, staff, and volunteers.
• Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and special events as needed.
• Ability to work and lead groups of youth independently.
Licenses and Certifications
• Must possess a valid State of Iowa Driver’s License (or obtain within one month).
• Must possess a valid Commercial Pesticides Applicator license (or obtain within one month).
• Maintain insurability under the organization’s auto liability policy.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applicants will begin immediately and remain open until the candidate is hired.