As one of the great gardens of the world located just 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens is rooted in a steadfast mission of excellence in horticulture, education, and the arts. Across our many departments, each and every staff member creates the magic that makes our Gardens distinctive. Our team of dynamic professionals is what sets us apart, and our spirit of legacy, innovation, and opportunity is what guides us. While beauty is our heart, our people are our soul.
Longwood Gardens seeks a full-time Land Stewardship and Ecology Technician to join our Research and Conservation Division. The technician is an integral member of a team responsible for ecological management of 700+ acres of diverse habitats in a Pennsylvania Piedmont landscape. Longwood’s Land Stewardship and Ecology program advances land stewardship and ecological science in a botanical garden setting with unique opportunities for public engagement. All members of the team perform daily stewardship activities in a variety of terrain and weather conditions including planting native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; weeding and maintenance of native planting beds; managing invasive species using manual, mechanical, and herbicide techniques; and trail maintenance.
Other responsibilities include:
• Developing projects and coordinating with the rest of the team to complete them.
• Taking a leading role in scientific data collection, management, and reporting.
• Communicating with the public via educational programs and writing.
• Training and mentoring volunteers and students in land stewardship techniques.
• Occasional weekend, evening and holiday work is required.
Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of natural land stewardship and a degree and/or significant work experience in Ecology, Horticulture, Wildlife and/or Natural Resource Management, Biology, or a related discipline. Three years of land stewardship experience is preferred. The ideal candidates will have ecological science experience, basic equipment operation skills, and be well versed in plant and/or wildlife identification. Self-motivation, a high degree of organization and attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of people are essential. The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license and have or be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator license.
Successful applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exceptions to the COVID vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons.
Please apply for this unique opportunity online at https://longwoodgardens.org/employment/full-time-job-opportunities . For full consideration please include a letter addressing pertinent qualifications and interests; resume; and contact information for three professional employment references. We offer competitive starting salaries, an outstanding benefits package, and our commitment to your professional development. Longwood Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity, equality, and inclusion strengthen our institution.