The Senior Gardener is a key member of the Horticulture Department of Heritage Museums and Gardens. Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Senior Gardener assists in the management of the interns, volunteers, and the other staff as assigned and physically works as a gardener to maintain the Garden in the best possible condition for our visiting public. Using best practices and showcasing sustainability, the Senior Gardener seeks to educate the public showcasing plant collections, garden design and ecology. This is a physically demanding position requiring work outside in all seasons.
Working directly for the Director of Horticulture, helps to organize the interns and performs various gardening tasks as required and assigned. Tasks include, but are not limited to all duties and jobs related to general garden management and maintenance.
1. Maintains assigned areas of the Garden.
2. Assigns and assists in weeding of plant beds as required to maintain the Garden.
3. Works with and assigns tasks to staff and volunteers. Ensures the work is done in a timely and quality manner.
4. Divide perennials as directed. Examples of such plants: Hosta, ferns, daylilies, etc. Plant divided plants in new locations as directed.
5. Prepare soil for planting of various plants. Plants annuals and perennials as assigned.
6. Works on spring and fall clean-ups. Assist in the removal of leaves and dead or dying plants (annuals and perennials) to the ground in the spring and fall.
7. As assigned, lead children’s and adult educational programs on various subjects pertaining to horticulture.
8. Works in the greenhouse sowing seed, transplanting plants, taking cuttings, etc.
9. Helps in the construction of new gardens including digging, grading soil, cutting and installing stone and brick, new topsoil, plants and other duties as assigned.
10. Help in the installation and de-installation of Gardens Aglow.
11. Perform general gardening duties as assigned.
12. Other duties as assigned.
13. Read, thoroughly understand and ALWAYS follow all policies and procedures of the institutional Employee Safety Manual.
Minimum requirements include: a two-year or four-year degree in Horticulture or the combination of education and work experience. The ideal candidate will posess strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills. They will be effective working as part of a team as well as independently. They must have a valid driver’s license. Must have the ability to perform physical work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold, snow or light rain and must be able to continuously walk, stand, bend and/or stoop. Some work on stepladders is required. He/she must have the ability to push, pull and/or lift items of 50 lbs. Must have, or be able to obtain a valid Massachusetts driver's license.
Send a cover letter and resume to LLutz@Heritagemuseums.org. No phone calls please.