West Laurel Hill Cemetery has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Horticulturist. West Laurel Hill Cemetery and Laurel Hill Cemetery are two historic cemeteries that combined form a 265-acre Arboretum with a Living Collection of over 6,000 specimen trees and shrubs representing over 700 species and cultivars and 15 distinct garden areas. We are committed to sustainable management practices and horticulture that is cutting edge while remaining relevant to our historic site.
This is an excellent opportunity for a professional Horticulturist to work as part of a small but dedicated Arboretum department that is growing to incorporate professional horticulture in our historic cemeteries. This Horticulturist will be expected to be the primary staff member responsible for maintaining the horticultural assets in their designated section, and will have the ability to work with an experienced and knowledgeable staff as well as being given responsibility and creative freedom.
The Horticulturist Position is paid full-time starting at $22/hr with up to 100 hours of overtime available per year. West Laurel Hill offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes paid time off, health, dental, 401k, disability, and life insurance.
The Horticulturist will be primarily responsible for providing active oversight of garden areas along Belmont Avenue at West Laurel Hill, including but not limited to Telford Gardens, Makom Shalom, Hero’s Memorial, Chesed Shel Emet, Southlawn and Lower Merion Synagogue sections. This position will be responsible for maintaining these areas to a high standard using horticulture Best Management Practices and sustainable landscape management. Additionally, the Horticulturist will support the Senior Horticulturist and Arboretum Manager in all aspects of landscape maintenance for the arboretum, including living collection management, garden design and implementation, and coordination with other cemetery departments. The Horticulturist will also be responsible for overseeing seasonal staff, interns and volunteers.
Qualified candidates will have extensive knowledge of cultivated taxa, proper tool use, and horticulture best management practices. Minimum 5 years of experience in public gardens or private horticulture with minimum 2 years in a supervisory role preferred. Minimum of a high school diploma required; bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field preferred. Candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a group, under direction from supervisors and/or in a supervisory role, and in a variety of weather conditions. Strong interpersonal communication skills are essential. Must be able to lift at least 60 lbs. and have a valid driver’s license.
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