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Portland Japanese Garden-Gardener-Tue, 10/13/2020 - 3:19pm



Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland , OR 97205
United States
Oregon US

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Duties & Responsibilities 

The Gardeners are responsible for all phases of ground maintenance and participate in workshops or any professional training provided. The Gardeners report to the Director of Grounds Maintenance.

• Provide basic care, daily maintenance, repairs, and improvements of the garden and its environs as it pertains to appropriate Japanese gardening practices and principles
• Perform pruning and shaping practices as it pertains to the Japanese garden aesthetic and tradition as established at the Portland Japanese Garden
• Install, maintain, and repair irrigation systems and water features
• Construct and maintain bamboo fences, stone pathways, and other garden structures
• Assist with integrated pest management practices and fertilization application
• Manage time and effectively function without close supervision
• Daily reporting of work progress to the Director of Grounds Maintenance
• Participate in team planning, communicating tasks and assignments, record keeping and documentation, and working with staff, volunteers, and interns
• Serve as a role model for Garden volunteers, providing support and encouragement to volunteers in their roles across the Garden
• Ensure e-timecards, time tracking, timelines, and correspondence within and outside the institution are completed timely and accurately
• Maintain equipment, garden house tools, and garden vehicles
• Other duties as assigned

• Get to know fellow staff members, developing trust, establishing credibility, encouraging teamwork, and creating an atmosphere of open, honest, two-way communication
• Familiarize oneself with the organization and the Employee Handbook
• Adhere to the Garden Department Garden Team Agreement
• Maintain a high level of professionalism in manner and appearance
• Adhere to the Garden Dress Code (uniform provided by the Garden)
• Support the Training Center programs with workshops and garden seminar

• Wage: $21.00/hour
• This is a full-time, hourly position with 40 hours per week. Shifts are typically 8 hours (plus ½ hour lunch), 7:00am to 3:30pm (6:30am to 3:00pm during summer).
• Benefits:
--- health, dental, and vision insurance (premium 100% covered for employees)
--- 401k plan (after 90 days, with 4% employer match after 1 year)
--- flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses
--- paid vacation, sick, and holiday time

Education and Experience 

• Self-motivated, organized, and attentive to detail
• Minimum three years of landscape/garden construction and maintenance experience
• B.A./B.S. degree in horticulture or a related field is preferred
• Current driver’s license, ability to drive stick-shift
• Proficiency with email and basic Microsoft Office applications

• Must be capable of using power tools daily such as leaf blowers, mowers, and chain saws
• Ability to climb trees and work on tall ladders
• Ability to repeatedly lift up to 50lbs and maneuver heavy items
• Ability to perform intense physical labor year-round in all weather conditions
• Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays, and special events as needed

Application Instructions 

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and three work-related references to, with “Gardener” in the subject line. Please no phone calls or hand delivered applications. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Full Name 
Tiffany McElmurry