You are here

Dunn Gardens-Assistant Gardener -Tue, 09/24/2019 - 6:26pm

Assistant Gardener


Dunn Gardens
13533 Northshire Rd NW
Seattle , WA 98177

Employment Type

Job Categories

Job Details

Job Description 

The E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust seeks an experienced horticulturist to join our team.

The E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust manages and operates the seven-acre Dunn Gardens, located in the Broadview neighborhood of northwest Seattle, Washington. The gardens and grounds, originally designed by the Olmsted Firm in 1916 as a summer country place, feature extensive woodland gardens, perennial borders, sweeping lawns, and native woods. In 1994, Dunn Gardens began the transition from a private estate by opening to the public for the first time. Having been actively tended and gardened for over a century, Dunn Gardens demonstrates both the evolution of garden design and the renowned plantsmanship of the Pacific Northwest.

The Assistant Gardener is a full-time, year-round position based on 40 hours per week with an anticipated weekly schedule of Monday through Friday. This position reports to the Curator / Head Gardener, who conducts his / her annual review.

The Assistant Gardener will collaborate with the Curator / Head Gardener to advance the vision for Dunn Gardens and to ensure the gardens and grounds are safe, presentable, and functional at all times.

Compensation: $18/hr, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick time, health stipend

Duties & Responsibilities 

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Implementation of turf management program
-Routine mowing and edging
-Fertilize, aerate, weed control, seeding as needed
Perform routine garden maintenance including weeding, mulching, watering, spring and fall clean up, fertilizing, hardscape upkeep, pesticide application
Perform tasks relating to fine horticulture including staking, planting, dividing, propagation, pruning, deadheading, hedge work
Maintain a healthy, active compost program
Operate motorized equipment including riding and push mowers, string trimmer, hedge shears, blower, chipper, utility vehicle

Facilities & Operations
Help maintain, repair, and enhance irrigation systems
Weekly organization and collection of yard waste, recycling, and rubbish bins
Help keep the garden facilities well-organized and functional
Help maintain tools and equipment in good working condition; arrange for servicing as needed
Assist with special events in the garden, including setting up / taking down tents, tables, chairs, and signs

Other Responsibilities
In the absence of the Curator / Head Gardener, receive deliveries, oversee contractors, and guide other operations of the gardens as needed
Maintain a harmonious relationship with the neighborhood, contribute to a pleasant work environment, and foster an appreciation and understanding of the gardens for guests

Education and Experience 

We seek a candidate with hands-on experience in the areas of gardening, public horticulture, groundskeeping, or landscape maintenance. Formal education or training in these areas is preferred, however comparable experience will be considered. The successful candidate will possess a passion to contribute to the field of public horticulture through applying his / her skillsets to support an emerging public garden of the Puget Sound region.

Experience with irrigation and turf management is desired.

Additional requirements include:
Capacity to work outside in all weather conditions
General physical dexterity to work on ladders, use wheelbarrows, and lift 50 pounds
Proven ability to work independently in a self-guided manner
Awareness of aesthetic detail
Must possess a driver’s license valid in the State of Washington

The successful candidate will also possess a strong aptitude to learn:
plant names and identification characteristics
Proper horticultural practices
Turf management best practices
Essentials of irrigation operation, maintenance, repair, and installation

Application Instructions 

Please send a cover letter, C.V., and the names and contact information of three references to Position open until filled.

Full Name 
Mark Mosinski