Employees in this position are responsible for the hands-on maintenance of the gardens and plant collections throughout the Horticulture sites operated by the Morris County Park Commission. Individuals should have a basic understanding of horticulture, possess the skills necessary to perform horticulture maintenance tasks, and be familiar with the identification and cultivation common woody, herbaceous, and annual landscape plants. The Assistant Gardener works under the general supervision of the Manager of Horticulture and reports to the Superintendent of Horticulture for the coordination of daily activities, attendance and other operational procedures.
Maintain annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees in assigned garden
areas in a manner consistent with the horticulture standards of the MCPC; Identify,
prioritize, and perform maintenance tasks and coordinate work needs with supervisor;
Physically work in all aspects of arboretum maintenance and development including soil
preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning,
propagating, mowing, raking, sweeping & blowing, tree & brush cutting, and chipping;
Operate in a proficient manner power equipment and vehicles in accordance with MCPC
safety protocols and regulatory standards. Utilize shovels, pruning equipment, and other
hand tools properly to complete assigned tasks; Monitor gardens and plant collections
for pests and diseases; Apply pesticides and herbicides and maintain application records;
Report changes to the accessioned plant collections to the Plant Recorder; Perform
periodic plant inventories; Request accession tags and display labels; Supervise seasonal
staff, interns, and volunteers
Two-year Associate’s degree in Horticulture or a related
field, or equivalent experience, plus one year’s work as a professional gardener or
groundskeeper; demonstrated understanding of the horticultural practices and procedures
required for soil preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding,
fertilizing, pruning, propagating, mowing, raking, sweeping & blowing, tree & brush
cutting, and chipping; the ability to identify frequently used woody, herbaceous, and
annual landscape plants; the ability to identify common insect pests and diseases of
annuals, perennials, and woody landscape plants; the ability to utilize power and hand
tools and the physical strength, dexterity, and coordination sufficient to perform the
above functions; the ability to follow written and verbal instructions; the ability to lift
and carry weights of up to 50 pounds; Possession of a valid NJ driver's license; the
ability to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable
accommodation; the ability to obtain Pesticide Operator License from the NJ DEP.
Salary: $41,699.00 plus Benefits.
Applicants must pass Assistant Gardener test to be eligible for this position.
Please visit http://morrisparks.net/index.php/commission/employment/ for full job
description and additional information regarding the Park Commission. Please download the employment application and submit with cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Morris County Park Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
Deadline: until filled.