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Lockerly Arboretum-Horticulturist-Wed, 03/15/2023 - 3:01pm



Lockerly Arboretum
1534 Irwinton Road
Milledgeville , GA 31061
United States
Georgia US

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Job Description 

Lockerly Arboretum seeks a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for plants to serve as our Horticulturist. This position reports to the Executive Director and is an integral part of a team-focused approach to developing and achieving ambitious goals. The Horticulturist must embrace a challenge, have a strong work ethic, and be a strategic thinker with a “can-do” attitude. As a key public face of Lockerly Arboretum, the Horticulturist will build relationships with volunteers and visitors, and be a passionate advocate for the organization and our collections.

• Vacation includes 10 holidays, 8 days of sick leave and 10 days of vacation.
• Lockerly matches 3% of employee salary to a Simple IRA account.
• Lockerly pays 75% towards Health Insurance for full time employees.

Work Conditions:
This is a full time position, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening/weekend meetings and events. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license. Finalists will submit to a background check.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manages the annual departmental operating budget and evaluates programs and projects to ensure maximum cost effectiveness.
• Participates in the development, review and implementation of Arboretum procedures to ensure the grounds and plant collections are consistently maintained at the highest possible standards.
• Administers the Collections Management Program to ensure that our plant collections are planned, creatively designed and planted, developed, maintained.
• Ensures that best horticultural practices are applied in Arboretum maintenance via the Maintenance Plan.
• Supports all efforts to enhance the visitor experience by planning and implementing new strategies and programs to engage visitors in horticulture.
• Supports institutional events and programs, serves as an active participant on committees.
• Write occasional articles for the Arboretum’s newsletter.
• Work with the Education Programs Coordinator to plan horticulture specific demonstrations, programs and tours.
• Work with our Dirt Digger volunteer groups to support the horticulture goals of Lockerly.
• Supports peers and staff in achieving overall institutional goals.
• Serves as an external representative of the organization and as a liaison with key organizations to support achieving Lockerly’s goals.

Education and Experience 

• 2 or 4 year Degree in Horticulture or related discipline. Equivalent experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.
• Required: Team player, proficiency in MS Office, greenhouse systems, accession records/database management.
• Preferred but not required: knowledge of GIS, irrigation systems, grounds maintenance equipment.

Application Instructions 

Send resume and 3 references to

Full Name 
Jennifer Pollard