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Bok Tower Gardens-Land Steward Assistant-Tue, 10/06/2020 - 9:22am

Land Steward Assistant


Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Blvd
Lake Wales , FL 33853
United States
Florida US

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REPORTS TO: Land Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time; Non-Exempt; Permanent

Job Summary:
Maintenance of the Florida Garden encompasses the following: Florida Flatwoods, Window by the Pond, and Bog and Sandhill ecosystems. There will be occasional coordinated assistance required for cutting, spraying, assisting with prescribed fires, and brush removal in natural areas under the supervision of the Land Manager. Lead groups of visitors or school groups by walking through the natural areas and provide Florida native ecosystem interpretation. Assist in the support and training of volunteers, students and interns. Perform general gardening duties as required to maintain the integrity and beauty of the gardens. Oversee the proper operating procedures for the pond filter and wetland recirculating pump.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, fellow supervisors, direct supervisors, volunteers, and co-workers.
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team effectively.
Ability to work with volunteer groups.
Ability to understand and interpret instruction to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate maintenance and horticultural needs in a courteous and effective manner
Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of volunteers.
Knowledge of garden plants and desire to learn Central Florida horticulture and the aesthetic ethic of the Gardens.
Ability to diagnose plant pests and diseases.
Previous experience in outdoor horticulture or natural lands management with the ability to operate various types of power equipment such as: lawnmower, chainsaw, front end-loader, tractors, and other similar machines.
Ability to visualize and conceptualize garden detail and aesthetics applying best garden practices for plant health and display.
Ability to lift at least 60 pounds.
Ability to perform strenuous physical labor outside in the Florida weather year round.

Must be able to lift at least 60 lbs.
Continual or prolonged periods of time standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching, crouching, and lifting.
Continuous communication and/or interaction with staff, volunteers, visitors, and management.
Occasional weekend, after hours and/or holiday work required to meet departmental deadlines or to provide staff support for BTG special events.
Must be able to perform strenuous physical work outside in the Florida weather year-round.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Reports for duty regularly and timely with an established schedule of Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm unless assigned different schedule.
Inspects assigned area daily to assess maintenance needs:

- Determine plant needs water stress, disease and damage, growth decline, pruning needs, and general health of plants; reports major problems to   supervisor.
 - Determine maintenance needs weeding (pulling of weeds or treating weeds with herbicide to prevent re-sprouting), clearing of fallen debris, mowing of lawns or pathway maintenance.
 - Maintain labeling on specimen plants and interpretive displays; report damage or missing labels to supervisor.

Communicate daily with Supervisor for special daily work assignments or garden concerns; schedules or concerns may change throughout the year based on planting schedules, weather concerns or possible design changes by the Horticulturist or Director.
Proper herbicide calibration for hand sprayers and larger pieces of equipment.
Responsible for the use and maintenance of tools, equipment, and materials; performs minor maintenance, lubrication, and cleaning of power equipment; refers more serious problems to the Garden Supervisor or Mechanic.
Responsible for maintaining required knowledge of established garden plants and understanding the cultural requirements to maintain their growth and cultivation.
Demonstrates a continual positive effort to maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and management.
Understands and interprets instruction to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
Interest in and learns Central Florida horticulture and the aesthetic ethic of the Gardens.

Duties - Resource Management:

Implement vegetation and wildlife management plans.
Recognize plant communities and specific ecotypes.
Maintain optimal species diversity via manual, mechanical and chemical means.
Assist in the evaluation of ecological conditions pertaining to the various ecotypes and recommend management strategies.
Increase biological fauna and flora diversity through habitat stewardship; this includes vertebrates and invertebrates.
Actively promote Bok Tower Garden's green sustainable initiatives.
Occasionally provide scheduled walking native Florida ecosystem interpretative programming tours for visitors, volunteers, school groups and camps.

Education and Experience 

Associate degree or Bachelor's degree in horticulture or agriculture preferred
Minimum of two years landscaping, greens keeping, or parks and gardens ground experience preferred
Aquatic pesticide license preferred or the ability to acquire this license required.

Application Instructions 

Please complete our application of employment using this link:

Full Name 
Rosa Martinez