The horticulturist works with garden staff to organize, implement, and maintain botanical research and display collections. This position involves training, supervising, and managing other members of the horticulture crew. In doing so, this position works in collaboration with and reports to the park manager.
This is a full-time job (40 hours a week).
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (June - October)
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (November - May)
Weekends and after hours required as needed for special events and activities.
Independent judgement is required in the organization of work, establishment of priorities, and coordination of activities.
Confers with administrative team for prioritization of projects, equipment, and additional labor.
Works as part of a team of horticulture personnel in developing designs for permanent and seasonal garden displays.
Develop, oversee, and implement fertilization and pesticide schedules and application methods.
Provides training and technical guidance to garden staff and volunteers in the proper procedures for maintaining various types of vegetation throughout the facility.
Assist with inventory of botanical signage for living collections. Knowledge and understanding of scientific nomenclature for labeling of plant collections is required.
General household duties such as taking out trash, picking up litter, cleaning the facility.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Ornamental Horticulture, Floriculture, or closely related field; or any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the assigned duties.
Thorough knowledge of cultural requirements for cultivating a wide range of plants.
Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, and tools used in gardening and horticultural procedures, including watering, fertilization, and pest/pathogen control.
Ability to operate power tools used in turf and related maintenance activities.
Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate others.
Ability to coordinate the work of volunteers and community service workers.
Ability to communicate effectively with others, both verbal and written, using technical and non-technical language.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written policies, procedures, and instructions.
Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and oral instructions.
Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
Ability and willingness to quickly learn and use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and technology.
Basic Microsoft Office skills.
A pesticide applicator's license (in lawn & ornamental and weed control) issued through the Texas Department of Agriculture, preferred.
Send cover letter and resume to MercerBotanicGardens@pct3.hctx.net.