The Senior Horticulturist will work in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces (TFT) alongside a team of 1 full time staff member + volunteers. The TFT is a signature garden of Tulsa Botanic Garden, a 3-acre display garden with 5,800 square-feet of seasonal changeout space. This position will be responsible for maintenance and continuing development of TFT. This is a key position in the horticulture program at Tulsa Botanic Garden.
• Maintains all plants and garden spaces within TFT, including proper soil nutrition and drainage conditions, supplemental irrigation and/or hand watering, winter protection, pruning/deadheading, etc. as needed
• Has expert-level knowledge of all plants growing in TFT, including seasonal plantings; is expected to be able to answer questions from visitors, fellow staff, etc. about all TFT plants
o Should be willing and able to lead educational garden tours and/or classes and workshops for various groups, including the general public
• Works with Horticulture Director in setting strategic goals and priorities for TFT
• Adheres to an annual budget for TFT
• Works with the Horticulture Director on planning seasonal plant displays
• Works with Nursery Manager to propagate tender perennials grown in TFT
• Works with Plant Recorder to properly document all plantings, removals, deaths, and changes to existing planting beds. Works to ensure that all plants are correctly identified, mapped, and labeled.
• Assesses all TFT plants for diseases and pests. Implements IPM and other appropriate control methodologies
o Maintain all appropriate pesticide licenses/certifications
• Maintains and improves irrigation systems as needed
• Maintains physical features of TFT (sidewalks, grit paths, cast stone, stone walls, painted surfaces,…)
• Works with Programs and Events Director in securing volunteers for TFT
• Works with Senior Director of Development and Programs and Events Director on scheduled events
• Performs physical gardening work that is associated as part of a routine outdoor job in horticulture in the south-central U.S.
• Maintains and conveys an excellent working level knowledge of ornamental plants, including trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials, annual bedding plants, and tropicals
• Is expected to project appropriate professional abilities and behavior at all times as a full time staff member
• Other duties as assigned
Qualifications for this position include a 2-year or 4-year degree in horticulture or a closely related field and at least 3-5 years’ experience working in a recognized public garden/botanic garden or similar venue. Knowledge of advanced horticultural principles and practices, landscape management techniques, botanical and cultivated plant nomenclature, and ornamental plant identification (annual bedding plants, bulbs, tropical tender perennials, hardy herbaceous perennials, shrubs, roses, hardy and tropical flowering vines, and trees) is essential. Familiarity with irrigation systems, drainage, fountains and pumps, and landscape lighting would be favorably considered. Experience in working with volunteers is required of this position. Familiarity with the growing conditions, climate, soils, and plant palette of the south-central U.S.
Applicants must be able to work outdoors under environmental conditions typical to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Abilities to lift 50 pounds and handle typical landscape maintenance equipment (small tractor, mowers, tillers, string-trimmers, pruning/cutting equipment, hand tools) are critical.
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing. Occasional use of pesticides will be required, and the person hired will be expected to obtain and maintain an Oklahoma certified pesticide license.
How to apply: Interested applicants should submit a resume and a list of three references (contact information only) to Dustin Stoll via firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by February 25, 2019. It is desired that the candidate start work at Tulsa Botanic Garden by April 15 to May 1, 2019