Horticulturist

Full Time | Staten Island, NY

THE POSITION
SHCCBG seeks applicants for the position of Horticulturist in the Horticulture Department. This is a full-time, year-round position and an integral part of the Operations team. Under the general supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the Horticulturist will be responsible for year-round care and maintenance of Snug Harbor’s landscape and grounds. Working interactively with a team of groundskeepers, the Horticulturist’s responsibilities will include all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on the gardens, lawns, and plant life of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

PRIMARY TASKS:

  • Care for diverse plantings and specialty gardens, including: weeding, watering, fertilizing, and water features;
  • Manage daily operations of the gardens, ensuring completion of assigned work;
  • Implement landscape plans, special exhibits and displays;
  • Responsible for greenhouse operations, physical planning and collections;
  • Plant labeling of all collections;
  • Maintain a log of tools and supplies for department and preparing purchase orders for the Director of Horticulture;
  • Maintain a record of plant memorials and order new memorials as required;
  • Assist with horticulture education, volunteer, and therapy programs;
  • Coordinate and schedule event set-up requests throughout the campus;
  • Coordinate the annual spring plant sale;
  • Act as an ambassador for SHCC&BG, answering questions for visitors about horticulture, the history of the site, and general information;
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Two or more years of horticultural experience with in-depth knowledge of plant culture, maintenance, and identification;
  • Degree/Certification in horticulture or related field preferred;
  • Knowledge of plant propagation and greenhouse operations;
  • Knowledge of pruning;
  • Ability to operate equipment and power tools; operate hand mowers, riding mowers, weed whackers and leaf blowers;
  • Valid NYS driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Pesticide license required (must be obtained within 6 months of hire);
  • Must be able to follow directions and work independently;
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.;
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed;
  • Must be computer literate;
  • Bilingual preferred; at a minimum, the ability to understand and make oneself understood to Spanish speaking individuals;
  • Must be a team-player with crew management experience, willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining a high standard of landscape management and operations.

For more information on SHCCBG please visit www.snug-harbor.org.  Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@snug-harbor.org. No phone calls please. SHCCBG is an equal opportunity employer.