Nestled in a neighborhood near the heart of San Antonio, Texas, is a private 20-acre estate with a growing horticultural footprint in the city. Built in 1935, this historic house and grounds is endowed with over 200 stunning live oaks, a south lawn anchored with a traditional topiary garden, contemporary perennial gardens, and a year-round kitchen garden amongst its hedges and turf. This position will collaborate with the Director of Horticulture to ensure the gardens evolve and mature into a unique artistic landscape. Exhibiting an energetic and passionate work ethic for working with plants in new ways, the Estate Gardener should have keen knowledge of best horticultural practices and techniques, a refined design sense, and an eye for detail. This position reports to the Director of Horticulture.
- Daily care of assigned gardens including pruning, weeding, mulching, watering, grooming/deadheading, mowing, edging, trimming, and debris clean up.
- Plant, transplant, maintain the collection of annuals, perennials, turf, shrubs, and tree materials.
- Operate equipment including lawn mowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, skid-steer, carts.
- Maintain and schedule irrigation systems.
- Manage inventories for supplies, equipment, etc.
- Assist with monitoring budget for horticultural supplies and equipment expenses related to assigned area.
- Source and procure plants and materials for assigned area.
- Collaborate with the Owners, Director of Horticulture and Designers to ensure the assigned gardens evolve and mature as intended.
- Serves as leadership role for garden oversight and maintenance within assigned areas.
- This position will work in all areas of the Estate with gardeners and seasonal staff as required.
- Other duties may be assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in horticulture with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture (preferred) or related field.
- Minimum 2 years of experience working in a public or private garden, or 3 years in related industry.
- Proven track record and experience with the care of gardens and landscapes.
- Working knowledge of best horticultural practices and techniques.
- Proficiency in proper pruning techniques for a variety of ornamental shrubs and trees.
- Strong organizational and communication skills and experience working in a collaborative culture.
- Ability to manage and develop a team to achieve results, which include skills in coaching, staff productivity and a commitment to results.
- Knowledge of perennial gardening, vegetable gardening, turf management and irrigation systems (preferred).
- Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 60 days.
- Holds a Texas Pesticide Applicators License or ability to obtain one within 6 months.
- Passion for gardening, plant health and quality maintenance.
- Landscape project management experience helpful but not required.
- Conversational Spanish is helpful but not required.
- Work outside, year-round, at a productive pace in South Texas weather conditions.
Send your resume, cover letter and three references to Amanda Wielgosh, Director of Horticulture, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week (Generally M-F 7:30am – 4:00pm)
Paid Position: Commensurate with experience
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