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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest-Horticulturist-Wed, 10/06/2021 - 2:22pm



Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Clermont , KY 40110
United States
Kentucky US

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Job Description 

The Horticulturist performs landscape maintenance for woody and perennial species, display bed maintenance, creates, and suggests ways to enhance collections, and assists with planting projects. This position is an integral component of the Horticulture Team. The Horticulture Department is responsible for managing all aspects of Bernheim’s 620-acre, Level IV Arboretum. This position will directly maintain 40 acres and perform all tasks to a standard of horticulture excellence. This position reports to the Arboretum Manager.

Bernheim’s commitment to DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) began with the vision of our Founder, Isaac Wolfe Bernheim. He envisioned a Bernheim that would be accessible to all, and to this day Bernheim is committed to this core principle. All who apply, are employed, or volunteer at Bernheim are considered and valued without regard to race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, religion, or any other protected status.

Duties & Responsibilities 
  • Ability to interact in an appropriate and professional manner with visitors, staff, and volunteers, and interpret botanical and horticultural subjects to the public.
  • Perform both extensive and routine horticultural maintenance within area of responsibility. Tasks include but are not limited to: site/soil preparation, sowing, planting, transplanting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, mowing, tree removals, herbicide application, and invasive species removal.
  • Develop plans and techniques for a more efficient and ecologically stable maintenance strategy within area of responsibility.
  • Ensure accurate accession records of the collections within area of responsibility.
  • Green Roof Outreach Component: Maintain 2 green roofs (with the aid of volunteers and staff) in downtown Louisville.
  • Lead volunteers in horticultural tasks.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, small/large engine equipment and vehicles safely and effectively.
  • Ability to serve on the prescribed fire burn crew.
  • Contribute content for social media, blogs, and print (Forest Echo).
Education and Experience 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work outside in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, twist and/or stoop.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to be flexible and able to take on other tasks as requested.
  • 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, attentive to details, with the ability to manage time and function effectively without close supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and special events as needed.
  • Assist with educational programming and special events.
  • Contribute content for social media, blogs, and print (Forest Echo).
  • Ability to lead a horticulture tour and/or teach horticulture related classes.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of hire.
  • Current Kentucky Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicators License with the 3N Category or ability to obtain within six months of hire.

Education and Experience

  • Required previous work experience in the field of Horticulture. A degree in Horticulture or related field a plus, but not required.
  • Related experience is also considered and valued.
  • Broad knowledge of woody species.
Application Instructions 

Email your resume and letter of application to or mail to the attention of Debbie Medley, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, PO Box 130 , Clermont, KY 40110.


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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest