Position type: Fulltime employment, 40 hours per week. Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Description: Performs all aspects of display bed maintenance in the assigned area to set a standard of horticultural excellence.
Essential Functions: Maintains horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, dead-heading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application. Other responsibilities include supervising assigned assistants and volunteers. Must obtain a VA Registered Pesticide Applicator’s license within 6 months of hiring.
Essential Physical Functions: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, twist and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull and perform manual labor during working hours.
Reports to: Curator of Woody Plants
Health insurance including an HSA or copay option (NBG pays 70% of individual premium and 65% of dependent/family premium)
403(b) retirement plan with discretionary 4% match
Company sponsored life-insurance coverage.
Group rates on voluntary benefits such as dental, supplemental medical expense insurance, vision, STD, accident.
Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.
Professional development opportunities.
Staff discounts on programming, gift shop & café.
NBG logo wear for work provided.
EAP services for all employees.
Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBG to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Specific Job Responsibilities
Care and maintain all aspects of assigned gardens (excluding turf and irrigation) at the highest level of horticultural technique under the direction of the Curator of Woody Plants.
Maintain display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, dead-heading, mulching, edging, raking, and fertilization.
Perform the appropriate soil preparation and planting of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
Develop and expand an in-depth knowledge of plants under their care, make plant selection suggestions, and assist the Curator in locating desirable additions to the botanical collection.
Complete accurate and timely accession records for all plants associated with the garden under their care and ensure that all plants are labeled appropriately.
Write at least one article for a garden publication each year and/or present at least one lecture, garden club talk, or walking lecture each year.
Works alongside other members of the Woodies Department and Horticulture Department in team projects. The ability to work in a team environment is essential.
Operates small engine equipment safely (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc…).
Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint.
Assists with special events and other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Associate’s degree in Horticulture or a related field and 2 years hands-on experience or Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and one year of hands-on experience preferred. Candidates should have extensive experience with native plant material and knowledge of arboriculture.