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Portland Japanese Garden-Gardener-Wed, 09/11/2019 - 5:59pm



Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland , OR 97205

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Job Description 

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 Ground Maintenance.

• Wage: $20.00/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 (4% employer match after 1 year of service); paid vacation, sick, and holiday time.

Duties & Responsibilities 

• Provide basic care, daily maintenance, repairs, and improvements of the garden and its environs as it pertains to appropriate Japanese gardening practices and principles
• 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
• Perform pruning and shaping practices as it pertains to the Japanese garden aesthetic and tradition as established at the Portland Japanese Garden
• Construct and maintain bamboo fences, stone pathways, and other garden structures
• Install, maintain, and repair irrigation systems and water features
• Assist with integrated pest management practices and fertilization application
• Maintain equipment, garden house tools, and garden vehicles
• Manage time and effectively function without close supervision
• Other duties as assigned

• Familiarize oneself with the organization and the Employee Handbook
• Get to know fellow staff members, developing trust, establishing credibility, encouraging teamwork, and creating an atmosphere of open, honest, two-way communication
• Serve as a role model for Garden volunteers, providing support and encouragement to volunteers in their roles across the Garden
• Maintain a high level of professionalism in manner and appearance
• Adhere to Garden Dress Code

Education and Experience 

• Minimum three years of landscape/garden construction and/or maintenance experience
• B.A./B.S. degree in horticulture or a related field is preferred
• Current driver’s license or ability to obtain driver’s license within 90 days of employment
• Proficiency with email and basic Microsoft Office applications
• Self-motivated, organized, and attentive to detail

• Ability to perform intense physical labor year-round in all weather conditions
• Capable of using power tools such as leaf blowers, mowers, and chain saws
• Ability to repeatedly lift up to 50lbs and maneuver heavy items
• Ability to climb and work on tall ladders
• 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. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All submitted applications will be held in confidence.

Full Name 
Tiffany McElmurry