Horticultural Therapy Associate
The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a 5 ½ acre public garden located in the heart of Tucson. The Gardens, the former property of the historic Tucson Porter family, is now home to 17 different display gardens, the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion, an outdoor garden railway, two gallery spaces, a unique gift shop and Café Botanica. Rated as one of the top attractions in the City of Tucson, the Tucson Botanical Gardens was also named by the Canada Garden Tourism Council as One of the Top 10 Public Gardens in North America to visit in 2017. The Gardens has a membership of over 5,000 and welcomes over 150,000 visitors each year.
The Gardens is seeking a Horticultural Therapy Associate to be part of a growing and thriving public garden. The Gardens’ Horticultural Therapy Program, which is over 35 years old, provides an array of on-site programming for people of all ages and abilities.
Programming areas include outdoor vegetable and flowerbeds and a 20 x 30 foot greenhouse where groups propagate an assortment of plants, especially succulents, for programs and sales. The program also oversees and maintains the Gardens’ chicken exhibit and broadly includes nature and dog therapy in its programming.
The Horticultural Therapy Associate will work with the Director of Horticultural Therapy to provide the Gardens’ daily programs for seniors and people with disabilities.
The primary work duties will involve direct work with the community and people with disabilities, and candidates should be able to effectively communicate, have good writing skills, be flexible, and a team player.
The position will be a progressively responsible one meant to move the Gardens programming forward.
Position duties/responsibilities include, and candidates should have knowledge/experience in:
working with seniors and/or people with disabilities
working with people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
desert plants and vegetable/flower/herb gardening
greenhouse maintenance and propagation techniques
Additionally, candidates should:
be willing to care for chickens and other animals involved in the programming
have a track record of effective work with schools and community groups
be able to perform basic horticultural/greenhouse duties, including ability to lift 50 obs., carry flats of plants, sweep, coil hoses, rake, kneel, and squat.
be available to work during day time hours that coincide with program needs and able to work at least one weekend day.
Preferred schedule: Tues through Saturday. Some evenings/weekends required for special events.
DEPARTMENT: Horticultural Therapy
REPORTS TO: Director of Horticultural Therapy
COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: All TBG Staff, Horticultural Therapy Clients, Volunteers, Visitors.
Previous work with people with disabilities, especially people with developmental
Greenhouse, propagation, and gardening experience
MA in counseling field or special education
Formal class work in horticultural therapy or recreational therapy
Formal training in horticulture/greenhouse work;
Experience with grant writing and program development.
Proficience with Microsoft Office suite is required. Ability to pass a background check, credit check, and drug use screening.
Send resume with cover letter detailing your interest and expertise to:
Juliet Niehaus, Ph.D., HTR
Director of Horticultural Therapy