Longwood Gardens is seeking a full-time Senior Horticulturist in the Outdoor Landscapes Division. This position will focus on the Main Fountain Garden area. The revitalized Main Fountain Garden is one of the finest performance fountains in the world. The garden combines classic landscape design with horticultural technology and extraordinary fountains and lives on the legacy and vision of our founder Pierre S. du Pont. The 5 acre landscape garden was completely revitalize during largest fountain preservation project of its kind in the US. Today, the garden draws in many guests of all ages with its spectacular daytime fountain show, illuminated fountain light shows at night as well as with our very special fireworks fountain show events throughout the summer season.
The main horticultural features of this landscape garden are long Linden Allées, extensive and flowing boxwood hedges as well as formal hornbeam hedges framing the space. In addition, the garden hides a renaissance-inspired grotto embellished with native mosses and ferns and pathways lined with catmint, iris’s, and yew columns. The Senior Horticulturist will join a skilled team and be predominantly responsible for the horticultural features of the Main Fountain Garden as well as support any seasonal horticultural activities, programming initiatives and events within the Division, Department and across the organization.
We are looking for a well-experienced horticulturist with an aptitude for landscape gardening, a passion for classic and formal landscape gardens and desire to evolve the horticultural practices within that space as well as its seasonal maintenance management. We are also searching for someone with sound understanding and experience in soil management, particularly engineered soils, managing fertility programs and fine-tuning automated irrigation, on top of perform a full range of horticultural tasks and duties, in most climate conditions.
The individual must be flexible with a strong work ethic and have a track record of working collaboratively as part of a team as well as comfortable in working independently. In addition, this individual must have experience in prioritizing, planning and leading the maintenance and evolution of the assigned garden spaces and the ability to create a learning environment to teach and mentor horticultural techniques to volunteers, interns, students and other staff. The ideal candidate will have the ability to articulate, engage and share their work, knowledge and Longwood’s Mission with colleagues and guests.
A successful candidate will also have the desire to keep pace with the latest horticultural developments and practices through hands-on experience and educational opportunities as well as demonstrate a passion for horticulture by pursuing professional growth and providing innovative input to the organization. Minimum requirements include formal horticultural degree and 5 years of horticultural experience, in public garden or private estate.
The position involves bending, stooping, the ability to lift at least 50 pounds, integrated pest management, and working from ladders & aerial lifts and requires small equipment operator skills, including tractors, and the work schedule includes weekend, evening, and holiday work. A successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license and have or be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator’s license, forklift operator’s training certificate, and aerial lift training.
Minimum requirements include formal horticultural degree and 5 years of horticultural experience, in public garden or private estate.
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 and an outstanding benefits package. Longwood Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity, equality, and inclusion strengthen our institution.
Application Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2020