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Mt. Cuba Center-Assistant Horticulturist - Full Time-Fri, 01/08/2021 - 4:05pm

Assistant Horticulturist - Full Time


Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Road Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin , DE 19707
United States
Delaware US

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Job Description 

The Assistant Horticulturist is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. This position provides ongoing support to the Horticulturists.

This is a full time, benefits- eligible, non-exempt position. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package, along with professional development opportunities to help you grow!

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential Functions:

Horticultural Planning & Documentation Assistance
- Assist with horticultural design development as needed in support of the Horticulturist team
- Maintain plant record documentation on behalf of the Horticulturist team as needed and adhere to the Living Collection Policy

Gardens Care & Maintenance
- Assist the Horticulturist team in maintaining the health and care of living plant collections by performing a variety of horticultural maintenance activities including, but not limited to, site/soil preparation, planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering, implementing Plant Health Care practices, monitoring for pests and disease, herbicide/pesticide application as appropriate, and pruning
- Maintain well-groomed and safe garden pathways and assigned areas that are free from debris, including snow/ice removal as needed

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Horticulture
- Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
- Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work
- Carry out other such duties as may be assigned or requested. Contribute to MCC activities as required. Actively participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community

Education and Experience 

- Associate’s degree in horticulture or plant science from an accredited college, university, or recognized certificate in horticulture and 2 years’ experience working in a public garden setting or equivalent experience
- Broad knowledge of native herbaceous and woody plant identification, growth and cultural characteristics, pest/disease recognition and control
- Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, small and large engine equipment and vehicles
- Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
- Self-motivated, organized, team player, attentive to details, with the ability to manage time and function effectively without close supervision
- Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
- Requires moderate physical work; frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds

Application Instructions 

Please submit a resume, letter of interest and contact information including current email address for three professional employment references. Apply online at

Full Name 
Madelyn Underwood