Connecticut College Arboretum seeks a horticulturist to care for the Native Plant Collection (NPC) and dedicated natural areas. The NPC, established in 1931, is a 30-acre collection of trees and shrubs native to eastern North America and features a series of special collections including the wildflower garden, a Plant Collections Network accredited azalea garden, dwarf conifer collection, greenhouse and nursery. Natural areas includes 600 acres of mixed deciduous forests, restored meadows, a bog, salt marsh and wooded island in the Thames River. The Arboretum seeks a dynamic individual with a passion for native flora, experience cultivating indigenous plants and skills in natural areas management to join the horticulture team.
1. Perform both extensive and routine horticultural maintenance of assigned gardens and zones using ecological land management principles and best management practices.
2. Plant, propagate and maintain botanical collections including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, turf and greenhouse plants.
3. Implement and develop landscape management plans that may include mowing, string trimming, planting, watering, pruning, weeding, pesticide and fertilizer application, soil management, greenhouse media preparation, leaf removal, composting, snow removal, etc.
4. Develop and implement integrated pest management plans. Use cultural practices and pesticides to control landscape and greenhouse diseases, insects and invasive plant species.
5. Provide leadership, coordination and training to team members, interns, student employees and volunteers.
6. Assist in curation, collections development and provide horticultural expertise in meetings and on committees.
7. Develop plans and techniques for more efficient and ecologically centered greenhouse and landscape operations. Make recommendations and justification for purchasing equipment and supplies. Maintain supply inventories and operational records.
8. Provide trail and vegetation management in Arboretum Natural Areas and Managed Lands.
9. Teach, participate and assist in Arboretum educational and interpretation programs. Promote interest in the Arboretum through special programs and casual interactions.
10. Coordinate and assist faculty in academic and educational use of the Arboretum and its plant collections for teaching and research.
11. Obtain and maintain professional arboriculture or horticultural certification. Participate in continuing educational opportunities and stay current with new horticultural research, developments and techniques through educational opportunities such as conferences, workshops, webinars, bulletins, academic papers, etc.
12. Occasional weekend and off hour work is required. Position is considered to be essential for College operations.
13. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
14. Perform other related duties as necessary.
1. This position requires knowledge of horticulture, landscape management and plant propagation typically acquired through completion of a minimum of bachelor’s degree in horticulture, botany, arboriculture, turf management or related fields and 5 to 6 years’ experience. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Passion for plants, botanic gardens and high interest in the growing, propagating and maintaining trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and greenhouse plants.
3. Knowledge of native and ornamental plants and their cultural requirements. Ability to identify plants to the species level.
4. Knowledge and experience operating typical landscape, pesticide and greenhouse maintenance equipment.
5. Knowledge and experience handle pesticide / chemicals and operating application equipment.
6. Ability to maintain a valid driver's license and safely operate College vehicles and grounds maintenance equipment.
7. Excellent organization skills and ability to set priorities, keep to deadlines and work under pressure.
8. Well-developed oral and written communication skills with the ability to give presentations and direction/ instructions.
9. Capacity to interact with a variety of people from across the College while acting as an ambassador of the Arboretum. Ability to build and sustain key relationships with students, volunteers, researchers, staff and faculty members
10. Ability to work year-round and in all weather conditions (snow, rain, varied temperatures, etc.). Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
11. Minimal travel required.
- Prior experience working in botanical gardens and/or arboreta
- Professional Accreditation such as CT DEEP or ISA Certified Arborist, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, or similar credentials.
- Interest in continuing education and professional accreditation in the fields of arboriculture, ecological land management, horticulture and/or turf management.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume using Connecticut College’s online job portal by October 15, 2021. https://conncoll.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=67442&job=horticulturist