The Gardener I position is responsible for garden maintenance under the direction of the Grounds Manager. This is a front lines position in primary plant care; including weeding (by hand, hoe, spade), manual watering and operation of irrigation systems, mulching, planting, pruning, grooming and dead heading, trapping rodents, removal of trash and debris, and generally maintaining aesthetic standards of the Garden for our guests. The gardeners also participate in the cleaning and maintenance of tools and inventory of supplies. Gardeners should understand of the Garden as a museum curated living collection and the importance of their role in maintaining integrity of plant labeling and high-quality plant care. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), non-exempt position that reports to the Grounds Manager.
- Provide general plant care, including soil preparation, watering, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, planting, soil amending, mulching, and monitoring and controlling pest populations
- Assist with general maintenance of Garden grounds, including trails, brush chipping, compost pile turning and seasonal weed mitigation in undeveloped sections of the Garden
- Participate in staff crew days outside of their section and lead volunteer crews when assigned
- Operate non-mechanical tools such as shovels, rakes, shears, saws, wheelbarrow, etc.
- Operate mechanical power tools such as chain saws, blowers, line trimmers, electric carts, tractor, and manual vehicles
- Assist with the installation, maintenance, and operation of irrigation systems
- Conduct all assigned tasks in accordance with the Garden’s safety procedures
- May be assigned to perform one or more of the following:
(1) Water containerized plants within the nurseries
(2) Substitute to cover other Gardeners’ holidays, vacations, and sick days
(3) Participate in setup for Garden events
(4) Train volunteers
Knowledge and Abilities:
-Able to work weekend shifts, as assigned
-Works well with others, cooperate in a team environment, and maintain good relations with Garden staff, Garden visitors and volunteers
-Ability to supervise the work of volunteers
-Knowledge of California plants and their cultivation
-Experience with ornamental garden standards and expectations
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the use of word documents and email
-Able to manage time and work under pressure to meet deadlines and priorities
-Good organizational and interpersonal skills
Qualifications and Experience:
-Two years of applied work experience in garden maintenance, preferably in a public garden setting.
Certificates & Licenses:
-Must have valid California driver license and maintain an acceptable driving record.
Must be capable of strenuous physical work including:
-Ability to stand/walk for extended periods of time, lift and carry 75 lbs., bend, squat, and walk the Garden trails.
-Tolerance of an outdoor work environment including exposure to outdoor environmental conditions, including extreme temperature fluctuations, rain, dust, allergens, poison oak, insects, small wild animals, and sun exposure
-Ability to perform physically strenuous work assignments on a regular basis