Job Summary: Performs a full range of plant production support to the Horticulture department by applying appropriate horticultural techniques to a wide variety of plant collections. Specifically, assists Senior Horticulturist (Greenhouse & Propagation) with day to day maintenance and propagation of plant collections in greenhouses and nursery, both at York Street and Chatfield locations as required. Addresses issues/problems by applying prescribed rules, policies or procedures. Senior Horticulturist (Greenhouse & Propagation)
Career Type: Seasonal - Part-time
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Uses appropriate horticultural techniques and has an understanding of plant cultural requirements.
Uses appropriate safety procedures.
Completes assigned daily/weekly/monthly tasks including but not limited to weeding, watering, planting, pruning, dead heading and seed collection on a regular basis including weekends as scheduled or required.
Practices Integrated Pest Management when dealing with plant disease, nutrition and insect problems.
Performs assigned tasks with the Grown at the Gardens program, keeping track of inventories and signage database, printing labels and coordinating volunteers.
Participates in seed collection, cleaning, organizing, databasing, distribution to Plant Select® and Index Seminum.
Performs assigned tasks with all aspects of greenhouse production, including ordering and accessioning.
Maintain greenhouses and common areas free of weeds, debris, and litter.
Supplies supervisor with plant related documentation as necessary.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintains satisfactory working relationships with all departments, managers, co-workers, volunteers and others to assure highest quality experience for all DBG visitors.
Maintains a positive, helpful and solution oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors, providing courteous, accurate responses to all inquiries.
Performs other duties as requested by management, including snow removal in the winter.
Participates in special events as needed including but not limited to Plant Sale, Fete des Fleur, Fall Plant & Bulb Sale. Duties may include, but not limited to assisting with set-up, teardown and cleanup.
Qualifications/Experience: Minimum of one year’s experience in a greenhouse/nursery production setting. Basic understanding of correct horticultural practices, experience with greenhouse growing, propagation, and nursery maintenance are required, including but not limited to: seeds and cuttings, planting, watering, weed identification. Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have knowledge of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and have experience with all horticultural hand tools and basic machinery. Solid plant identification skills as well as some experience with cultural requirements of herbaceous and woody plants essential.
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