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Missouri Botanical Garden-Horticulturist I - Outdoor (Japanese and Boxwood Gardens)-Thu, 06/15/2017 - 16:29

Horticulturist I - Outdoor (Japanese and Boxwood Gardens)


Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd
St Louis , MO 63110

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Job Description 

Performs all duties associated with design, maintenance, care and development of the outdoor displays and collections. Duties are directly related to the design, installation and care of the collections, woody and herbaceous plant material and annual display crops. Seasonal designs, plant selection and ordering (as needed) and careful attention to accession record keeping and plant labeling are critical components of this position.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Performs a wide range of landscape/maintenance tasks important to the cultivation, preservation, protection and transplanting of existing plants; including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilization, irrigation, IPM and pesticide application as needed.
Ensure the highest level of excellence in landscape maintenance and plant care
Checks plant records data regularly and request plants to be re-propagated as necessary to ensure the survival of important plant accessions
Plants and maintains displays in a manner that enables plant accessions data to be maintained and allows the public to easily distinguish plants when reading plant labels
Completes display designs, annual, perennial, as needed, selects and orders plants as needed for designs and oversees/performs the layout and installation of the designs.
Ensure the highest level of plant records and labeling; utilizes the living collections management system and conduct plant inventories as needed
Research, implement and record cultivation techniques associated to new plants to the living collections
As requested participate in national and international travel and expeditions for plant collecting and horticulture capacity building
Operate technical equipment and maintain general care of tools necessary for nursery operations to include but not limited to; vehicles, forklifts, pallet trucks, carts, lifts, Cushmans, tractors, cultivators, mechanical sprayers, and a variety of hand tools.
Source plants to be added to the living collections according MBGs collections development goals in supporting plant conservation, research and display of plant diversity.
Works with the Ex-Situ Collections Manager to target and develop plant collections
Utilizes index Seminum and connects with other botanic gardens and institutions to build plant collections
Ensure all Garden policies and procedures are followed when procuring and sharing plant material
Exhibit the highest level of ethical conduct in obtaining and sharing plant material and ensure compliance with MBG policies.
Completes purchase orders and assigns time/material charges to appropriate account codes.
Ensures that assigned areas are maintained in accordance with on-file garden descriptions.
Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards. Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
Performs tours and give presentations as required; may be responsible for interacting with the media (TV, radio, newspaper etc), working with Public Relations to provide information about the horticultural content of their respective areas.
Generally, but not always, works in a specifically designated area to oversee the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the landscape, maintenance issues and volunteer assignments.
Performs or assists with "off-season" tasks (i.e., tree pruning, annual flower show set-up).
Maintains general care of horticultural tools, and technical equipment (i.e., apply lubrication and general cleaning). Refers more serious problems to management personnel.
Ensure that all tool storage areas and work areas are kept clean and tidy.
May be responsible for assigned weekend watering rotation duties.
Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience 

Minimum of (3-4) years of hands-on, relevant horticulture work experience required.
Strong knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance techniques; proficient in operating various landscaping tools and equipment.
Strong knowledge of integrated pest management (IPM), disease and insect control.
Must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
Proven ability to perform simple tasks independently after being given assignments.
Ability to work outside, often in variable environments and weather conditions.
Ability to perform some climbing and heavy lifting up to 80 lbs.
Adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
Ability to obtain and maintain valid driver's and chauffeur's licenses.
Ability to obtain and maintain pesticide applicator's license.
Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct.
Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays for annual watering schedule and occasional snow/ice removal.
Knowledge of living collections and curation
The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.

Associate or B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field required.
An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.

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Missouri Botanical Garden