The Senior Gardener is a key member of the Horticulture Department of Heritage Museums and Gardens. Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Senior Gardener assists the other staff as assigned and physically works as a gardener to maintain the Garden in the best possible condition for our visiting public. Using best practices and showcasing sustainability, the Senior Gardener seeks to educate the public showcasing plant collections, garden design and ecology. This is a physically demanding position requiring work outside in all seasons.
Reporting to the Director of Horticulture performs various gardening tasks as required and assigned. Tasks include, but are not limited to:
1. Works with staff and volunteers to ensure the gardening work is done in a timely and quality manner.
2. Assigns and assists in weeding of plant beds as required.
3. Performs gardening tasks as required to maintain the Garden.
4. Prepare soil for planting of various plants. Plants annuals and perennials as assigned.
5. Works on spring and fall clean-ups. Assist in the removal of leaves and dead or dying plants (annuals and perennials) to the ground in the spring and fall.
6. Works in the greenhouse sowing seed, transplanting plants, taking cuttings, etc.
7. Helps in the construction of new gardens including digging, grading soil, cutting and installing stone and brick, new topsoil, plants and other duties as assigned.
8. Help in the installation and de-installation of Gardens Aglow.
9. Perform general gardening duties as assigned.
10. Other duties as assigned.
11. Read, thoroughly understand and ALWAYS follow all policies and procedures of the institutional Employee Safety Manual.
A degree in horticulture or related field or the equivalent combination of education and work experience. The Senior Gardener must have the ability to perform physical work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold, snow or light rain and must be able to continuously walk, stand, bend and/or stoop. Some work on stepladders is required. He/she must have the ability to push, pull and/or lift items of 50 lbs. Must have, or be able to obtain a valid Massachusetts driver's license.
Email a cover letter and resume to: Les Lutz, Director of Horticulture and Facilities Management. LLutz@HeritageMuseums.org