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Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden-Gardener-Mon, 07/10/2017 - 18:17



Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S 336th St
Federal Way , WA 98003

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Job Description 

The Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of Rhododendron species. Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Conservation has come to be of primary importance in recent years with the destruction of Rhododendron habitat in many areas of the world.

The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is looking for a Full-time, hourly Gardener. This position reports to the Executive Director & Curator. Salary commensurate with experience (starting at $12 to $15 per hour). This position is eligible for employee benefits: medical, dental, vision, Simple IRA, vacation, sick leave and holiday pay.

Duties & Responsibilities 


Primary responsibility is assisting in the maintenance, renovation and management of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.

Assist in the maintenance and care of the RSBG. This includes both the plant collections and the mechanical infrastructure.

Assist in maintaining all plant collections in good health and aesthetics. Includes but not limited to transplanting, watering, fertilization, pruning, staking, labeling, pesticide applications, hand and mechanical weeding, operating the irrigation system, removing fallen branches and leaves, caring for turf areas, and spreading mulch.

Assist in year-round maintenance of all roads and pathways within the RSBG.

Assist in regular maintenance of garden tools, equipment, storage areas, and irrigation system troubleshooting, repair, maintenance and mapping.

Assist with the implementation of garden renovation projects.

Assist with maintaining the plant collections of the RSBG.

Nursery Management:
Assist with maintenance of all nursery facilities (structures, roads, paths and drainage) and equipment in good order.

Assist with keeping plants in greenhouses, hoop houses, and nursery beds in good health through a program of watering and fertilizing as well as insect, weed and disease control.

Assist with keeping accurate and detailed records and preparing reports as requested on all aspects of nursery operations.

Propagation Program:
Assist in the production of superior quality container-grown plants to meet the conservation and production needs of the RSBG as determined by the curator and nursery manager.

Maintain the accuracy of accession numbers and other pertinent labeling throughout the production cycle.

Assist with all production tasks, including taking cuttings, sowing seed, grafting, handling tissue culture explants, proper labeling, watering, fertilizing, pruning, applying pesticides, transplanting plants, field planting, etc.

Plant Distribution Program:
Assist with preparing plants for mail order distribution and local sales.

Assist with the packaging and shipping of mail orders.


Participate as a team member in matters of concern to the RSBG.

Work with and supervision of volunteers.

Special tasks as required.

Education and Experience 

Minimum two-year degree in horticulture or similar field or commensurate experience.

Valid Driver’s License.

Good verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to work with staff, volunteers and student interns to complete scheduled work.

Availability to work weekends with prior notice.

Ability to lift and carry a weight of 45 pounds.

Application Instructions 

Please send your cover letter and resume to Steve Hootman at

Full Name 
Steve Hootman