The Garden Horticulturist is responsible for utilizing his/her experience and knowing effective horticultural techniques, e.g., fertilization, planting, pruning, and performing these techniques in all assigned areas. Knowledge of plants, their cultural requirements, and their botanical nomenclature as well as the design principles used in the Winterthur Garden and Estate is essential. He/she is responsible for a specific garden area and will assist in the curatorial duties of plant records, labeling, plant identification, plant selection, and documentation of design intent. He/she will work with Horticulture Interns and Volunteers in his/her area and work with teams as needed in the Winterthur Garden and Estate. This position is responsible for ensuring all work is conducted in a manner fostering Winterthur’s aesthetic and environmental stewardship initiatives. The Horticulturist is considered essential personnel and will help with weather emergencies, i.e., snow removal, hurricane cleanup, etc., at any time that is needed and requested by the Supervisor.
This position is full-time (35 hours/week) and benefits eligible. Working hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Horticulture Maintenance – Perform all garden activities working with plant material, which includes but is not limited to the performance of all tasks necessary for the good health and overall good appearance of the area; management of turf areas, woody ornamentals, herbaceous perennials, and small trees; and the care of individual plantings. Using large equipment such as the Bobcat, large mowers, and backhoe and performing such tasks as mulching, mowing, pruning, planting and weeding are all examples of Horticulture Maintenance.
Aesthetic/Environmental Stewardship – Work to enhance the plant collection and seasons of interest within the concept of the area’s design intent. Document all garden changes using Landscape Modification Forms. Conduct all horticulture activities in an environmentally responsible manner. Foster a greater appreciation of our environment by pursuing a policy of conservation and land stewardship.
Site Maintenance/Hardscape – Perform work required on paths, roads, structure, signs, walls, benches, irrigation lines and vehicles. Safely, using Winterthur’s Horticulture Department's established procedures, participate in snow removal duties throughout the estate (will be required to push snow blowers and hand shovel as well as plow and apply chemical melting agents and sand to roads and paths).
Training – Participate in or provide (to Horticulture Interns and Volunteers) horticultural, safety, and equipment and maintenance training, which may include videos, classes, and demonstrations. Facilitating software applications, a pruning demonstration, or a back safety video are examples of Training.
Programming – Participate in short-term projects or work on large events, such as Point to Point. Prepare slideshows, walks, talks and demonstrations for the public, staff, or professional organizations. Participate in and attend meetings with other Divisions to meet institutional goals. Within six months, be able to develop and deliver presentations on his/her specified garden or estate area or area of expertise and to conduct a garden tour within a year.
Administration – Participate in team planning, communicating tasks and assignments, record keeping and documentation, and guiding and supporting staff, volunteers, and interns. Ensure e-timecards, time tracking, timelines, and correspondence within and outside the institution are completed timely and accurately.
Minimum: BA/BS in Horticulture or related field or equivalent years’ experience. Minimum: Strong ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing. Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record. Strong ability to take directions orally and in writing. Basic knowledge of plant identification, taxonomy, and anatomy. Well-developed interpersonal skills. Knowledge of and ability to work with hand and power tools related to horticulture. Good working knowledge of horticulture techniques and terminology, including IPM. Preferred: Good working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook and Project; working knowledge of GIS and GPS mapping; and knowledge of landscape design and garden history.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and two letters of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference Job #1141. Deadline for applications: Until a suitable candidate is found.