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 vegetable garden amongst its hedges and turf. As part of a dedicated horticultural team the Estate Gardener/Horticulturist will assume a broad oversight of the grounds as second in command with specific themed areas of responsibility. This position will collaborate with the Director of Horticulture to ensure the garden evolves and matures into a unique artistic landscape. Exhibiting an energetic and passionate work ethic about working with plants in new ways, the Estate Gardener/Horticulturist 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.
Essential Job Duties
• Serves in leadership role and second in command for Garden oversight and maintenance.
• Assists with overall Garden expense review, forecasting and budget monitoring.
• Maintains an integrated pest management (IPM) program.
• Assists Director of Horticulture with design of the vegetable garden, then schedule, plant and maintain.
• Creates and monitors an aggressive turf management program for the property.
• Bachelor’s degree in horticulture with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture (preferred) or completion of Longwood Gardens Professional Horticulture program required.
• Minimum 3 years of experience working in a public or private garden (5 years preferred)
• 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.
• Proven ability to manage and develop a team to achieve results. • Strong organizational and communication skills and experience working in a collaborative culture. • Proven leadership abilities to include coaching, staff productivity and a commitment to results.
• Knowledge of vegetable gardening, turf management and irrigation systems (preferred).
• Passion for gardening, plant health and quality maintenance.
• Landscape project management experience helpful but not required.
• Conversational Spanish is helpful.
• 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