Join the Horticulture Team at the Charleston Parks Conservancy!
Under the supervision of the Park Garden Maintenance Manager, the Zonal Horticulturist manages, maintains and beautifies the city of Charleston’s parks and greenspaces through gardening using gardening knowledge, expertise and best practices. S/he works with volunteers and the community to create stunning public spaces and establish a connection between people and their parks.
Monitors, manages, and maintains all existing parks, greenspaces and gardens (in zone, and everywhere else as needed) including new installations, weeding, watering, pruning and grooming, composting, mulching, mowing, identifying insect and disease problems and treating.
Orders/purchases plants, bulbs, tools, supplies, etc as needed.
Schedules volunteer Garden in the Park opportunities in coordination with, and the support of the Volunteer Coordinator.
Creates and updates plant database.
Logs all volunteer hours in database.
Assists with annual budgeting.
Provides social media and blog content with program news and updates.
Communicates with City of Charleston staff as needed.
May assist at Conservancy community and fundraising events.
Reports to: Park Garden Maintenance Manager
Location: Charleston, SC (West Ashley & Downtown)
Position Type: Full-time, non-exempt, 37.5 hours per week
Benefits: 20 days paid time off; 10 paid holidays; medical, dental, vision insurance for small fixed monthly payment; long-term disability and life AD&D insurance paid by Conservancy; short-term disability, accident, and critical illness benefits available.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of plants and plant science and garden maintenance using horticulture disciplines
Ability to work in all weather conditions and perform activity related to the planting and care of plants and gardens
Valid Driver’s License and ability to drive trucks and trailers
Ability to operate and maintain simple power equipment
Excellent communication skills with staff, volunteers, and community/users of our parks.
Ability to teach others through hands on methods; enjoy working with volunteers who may have minimal gardening experience.
Evening & weekend availability may be required
Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree in Horticulture required
1-3 years of experience in Horticulture
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will spend a large majority of time walking, standing, bending, crouching and using their hands to push and pull. The employee is required to lift and /or move up to 20 to 50 pounds regularly and up to 100 pounds occasionally.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee will be exposed to hot or cold temperatures, outside weather conditions across all season, exposure to dust and dirt and chemicals, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is often loud.
Physical ability to stand for long periods of time
Physical ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 25, 2019. No phone calls, please.
About the Charleston Parks Conservancy:
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together creating stunning public places and a strong community. Founded in 2007, the Charleston Parks Conservancy unites local resources, leverages support and organizes volunteers to be stewards of Charleston’s urban parks. The Charleston Parks Conservancy believes that parks contribute to a higher quality of life, and better parks build stronger communities. To learn more, visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.