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Horticulturist

Horticulturist

Basic Functions

Performs all job responsibilities associated with the care of the wildflower & native plant garden and its component programs at the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art’s Chadds Ford campus. 

Position Relationships

Assists the horticultural coordinator. Works with garden volunteers and a garden intern. Collaborates with facilities staff and other Brandywine staff, as needed.  Serves as ambassador to visitors of the museum and campus gardens. 

Essential Functions

  1. Performs a diverse array of horticultural duties within the campus display beds and adjacent meadow areas. This includes, but is not limited to, planting design, planting, mulching, weeding, pruning, application of herbicides and litter management.
  2. Performs all duties related to the operation of a container-based native plant nursery, including seed sowing, potting, labeling, fertilizing, watering, preparing inventory reports.
  3. Performs all duties related to the operation of a native seed program, including species identification, collection, cleaning, packaging and order fulfillment.
  4. Plans for, supervises, and works with garden volunteers and a part time garden intern.
  5. Uses mechanical and/or chemical methods to control unwanted vegetation.
  6. Regularly inspects trails and performs remedial maintenance.
  7. In collaboration with the horticultural coordinator conducts tours of the campus gardens and its component programs.
  8. Gives presentations to a variety of audiences, as needed.

Qualifications

  1. A minimum of 2 years horticulture experience.
  2. Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in horticulture, botany or a related field, or an equivalent combination of skills, education and experience.
  3. Some knowledge of plant species native to the middle-Atlantic piedmont region.
  4. Ability to work outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions.
  5. Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds and meet the physical demands of the position which include standing, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, digging.
  6. Ability to effectively operate common landscape tools including hand-held and backpack sprayers, hand-held and backpack blowers, a string trimmer, a soil auger, a walk-behind mower, and possess sufficient mechanical reasoning to successfully perform minor maintenance needs on these types of equipment.
  7. High level of personal initiative, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work largely unsupervised but also as a team member.
  8. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  9. Computer proficient in Microsoft Office products, minimum.
  10. Keen observer of nature with a demonstrated interest in the flora and fauna of the middle-Atlantic region.
  11. A passion for conservation and horticulture and a dedication to the mission of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.
  12. Availability to work an occasionally varied schedule including one or two weekends per year and some evenings.
  13. Must own or have consistent access to reliable transportation.

To apply, please send your resume to Connie Scholz at cscholz@brandywine.org


The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.