About the Garden:
Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization set on over 500 acres near Lake City, South Carolina. The garden is cultivated on 60 acres and is a dynamic mix of formal, naturalistic, and agrarian landscapes. Garden areas include a formal garden, vegetable garden, green roof, pond gardens, native plant sanctuaries and a greenhouse and nursery. Other land uses include agriculture, forestry and wildlife habitat. As we are currently in a period of growth in our horticultural displays, this is an exciting time to become a part of the MFBG team. Please visit our website at www.moorefarmsbg.org to learn more.
To design, beautify and maintain assigned garden areas by working directly with the garden crew in various hands-on activities.
• Assist with the supervision of the garden crew, working with them on a daily basis and providing training in proper horticultural techniques
• Contribute to weekly garden task scheduling and planning
• Perform general gardening duties such as pruning, planting, weeding, mulching and removing debris
• Monitor and inspect plants for health deficiencies and problems, ascertain proper corrective measures and apply appropriate pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
• Assist with designing new garden areas
• With managerial approval, source, procure and purchase plants, supplies and materials such as trees, shrubs, seeds, mulch, soil and garden tools and equipment
• Participate in researching and selecting new plant material, installing accession tags, inventorying beds, documenting relevant database information, etc.
• Lead tours, provide demonstrations and answer questions from garden guests and staff on horticultural topics
• Work with contractors, consultants and temporary employees as well as aid in the supervision and training of interns
• Operate backhoes, tractors, trucks, forklifts, and other heavy machinery as well as standard garden equipment including chainsaws, blowers, mowers and tillers
• Other duties as assigned
The majority of this position’s responsibilities require time to be spent working outside in the garden, though some office work is also required. Winters can be cold with temperatures dropping to 15°F while summers have high humidity and temperatures exceeding 95°F. Conditions also involve exposure to biting insects and poison ivy.
Education and Experience:
Candidates must have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture or related field, or an equivalent combination of training, skills and experience. Preferred candidates will have the following qualifications:
• Degree directly related to horticulture and/or previous professional experience in horticulture
• Working knowledge of common landscape plants of the southeastern United States
• Understanding of garden design concepts
• Ability to lift 50 lbs.
• Willingness and ability to perform physical work outside in diverse weather conditions
• Ability to carry, climb, push, stoop, reach, dig and to load/unload various objects
• Ability to operate various power tools and heavy equipment
• Possess good written and oral communication skills
• Can be available for occasional overnight travel
• Must possess a valid South Carolina Driver’s license (or be able to obtain one within 30 days)
• Must be willing to obtain a South Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s license
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Horticulture Director Robert Davidson with “Horticulturist Job Opportunity” in the subject line at firstname.lastname@example.org.