JOB TITLE: Garden Horticulturist
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Garden Horticulturist is responsible for maintaining the historic March Bank and Glade areas of the garden; tasks include but not limited to planting, pruning, weed control, pond care, and woodland garden management. Knowledge of plants, their cultural requirements as well as the design principles used in the Winterthur Garden and Estate is expected. He/she will work with the Curator of Garden and assist in the curatorial duties of plant identification, plant selection, and documentation of design intent and also assist with plant records, labeling and yearly inventory. He/she will manage horticulture interns and volunteers in his/her areas 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 aesthetic/environmental stewardship initiatives. The Horticulturist is considered essential personnel and will help with weather emergencies i.e. snow removal, hurricane cleanup as requested as well as work 2-3 rotating weekends a year. He/She will participate in Winterthur events and outreach programs such as leading tours.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: 2 years in horticulture-related field. Preferred Experience: public horticulture work experience. Minimum Education: High School Diploma with 6 years horticulture-related experience. Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field. Naturalistic garden design, woodland garden management and/or knowledge of water gardens a plus. Strong working knowledge of plants and horticultural practices with desire for continued education and collaboration with other institutions. Ability to express ideas clearly orally and in writing; good interpersonal skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft systems. Essential Functions—ability to work with manual shift vehicles/various large and small power equipment—mowers, backpack blower, weed eater, bobcat and to stand, kneel, and bend for long periods of time. Able to lift 50 pounds, traverse uneven ground/inclines and work outdoors in all temperatures/conditions. He/she may be exposed to biting insects, poison ivy, herbicides and fertilizers while performing duties.