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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden-Horticulturist-Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:24pm



Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Des Moines
909 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines , IA 50309

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Job Description 

This full-time horticulturist position is primarily responsible for daily operations of outdoor garden spaces, including the water garden and features, hillside garden, and turf areas. The specific work assignment of this position is contingent upon skills and experience. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in landscape management and public horticultural operations along with a working knowledge of equipment maintenance and a proficiency for creating and facilitating dynamic horticultural experiences.

Duties & Responsibilities 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and perform other duties as assigned.

• Prepare the garden for daily visitors as well as special events, ensuring that the Garden is well groomed, that the plants and collections are healthy, and that the Garden is safe and attractive for the public

• Collaborate with team members to improve and enhance outdoor garden operations, policies and procedures, along with tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of horticultural operations, including attending staff meetings, interacting with Board Directors, donors, and the public

• Perform and support horticultural practices that encourage overall plant health and soil nutrition, to include sustainable gardening and IPM practices

• Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Horticulture to run, maintain, and troubleshoot outdoor fountain and irrigation systems

• Maintain horticultural tools, equipment, and records of work accomplished, documenting processes and procedures for institutional stability

• Assist with horticultural design development, including regular design development meetings and planning for seasonal horticultural displays including container plantings, annual display beds, and seasonal exhibits

• Assist with the fulfillment of the Garden’s plant collection and plant records policies

• Lead horticultural tours and assist with educational programming and special events, as needed

• Supervise horticultural volunteers in horticultural tasks

• Serve as part of the snow and ice management team during the winter months

Education and Experience 

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this position.

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant sciences, or related field of study
• Previous educational or employment experience in public horticulture is highly desirable. A passion for connecting people and plants in an innovative environment is critical to success in this position
• In-depth knowledge about water gardening, including plant ecology, water quality, and equipment management is highly desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Working knowledge of plant systematics and nomenclature
• Working knowledge of current trends in ornamental horticulture
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
• Ability to read and write reports, business correspondence, and procedural manuals
• Excellent time-management skills to handle a variety of assignments simultaneously under a variety of deadlines and other constraints
• Ability to understand and interpret instruction to work effectively and efficiently independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team
• Comfortable engaging audiences across a range of demographics and learning styles
• Ability to interact in an appropriate and professional manner with the general public, staff and volunteers
Licenses and Certifications
• Must possess a valid State of Iowa Driver’s License (or obtain within 1 month)
• Must possess a valid Commercial Pesticides Applicator license (or obtain within 1 month)
• Maintain insurability under the company auto liability policy

Application Instructions 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, application, three references and a resume to Applications must be submitted electronically. No paper applications will be considered.

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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden