The Plant Sales Associate is responsible for the daily operation of the Garden Nursery. This individual participates in all aspects of a nursery retail setting, with with strong emphasis on: maintenance and care of the living inventory; positive and informative customer service; coordination of the Garden Grower volunteers; organization, labeling and pricing of plants and hardgoods; accurate and detailed record keeping; and overall cleanliness and maintenance of the garden nursery. Must communicate well verbally and in writing, and maintain good public relations with Garden visitors, volunteers, and staff. This individual may also support and supervise plant production with volunteers such as propagation and planting under the guidance of the Horticulturist and in coordination with the Production Manager. The Plant Sales Associate also works in close cooperation with Garden Shop Staff. This part-time (15-30 hours per week), non-exempt position, reports to the Horticulturist.
• Plant care - Ensure that watering, fertilizing, pest management, weeding, and grooming for sale and transplanting are performed accurately and according to daily and seasonal schedule. Manage pests and plant diseases under the guidance of the Horticulturist. Maintain general care of tools and technical equipment. Keep the Nursery facilities clean and tidy at all times.
• Record Keeping – Complete and record assigned task in daily log, as well as inventory of stock and supplies as directed.
• Retailing – Ensure that all plants on display in the Garden Nursery are accurately priced, labeled, and attractively displayed; assist customers and ensure quality customer service; provide customers with accurate information about horticultural needs of California native plants; give talks and demonstrations on horticultural topics as required. Under the guidance of the Horticulturist develop and implement appropriate merchandising displays. Keep abreast of nursery maintenance needs and report them to appropriate staff. Keep shop and kiosk informed of whereabouts and be point person for customer inquiries.
• Volunteer Management – primarily responsible for supervision of the Garden Grower volunteer group. Support the Horticulturist and Manager of Volunteer Programs for recruitment and training of the Garden Growers; provide ongoing training and supervision of volunteers.
• Familiarity with scientific plant nomenclature
• Knowledge of plant care including watering, planting, pruning, propagation, and pest control techniques
• Knowledge of horticultural requirements and uses of CA native plants
• Able to work weekends and evenings
• Able to work independently and as part of a team to further the goals of the organization