Horticulturist

Mt. Cuba Center’s mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them. Our team is comprised of public garden professionals that value the importance of ecological horticulture and utilize their knowledge and skills to create healthier landscapes. The Horticulturist position presents an excellent opportunity for an individual who desires a career as a public garden professional and is passionate about the conservation of natural habitats. If you want to experience fine gardening at the intersection of horticulture and ecology, you are encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

The Horticulturist is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. This position provides ongoing support to the Sr Horticulturists.

Essential Functions:

Horticultural Planning & Documentation Assistance

  • Assist with horticultural design development as needed in support of the Horticulturist team
  • Maintain plant record documentation on behalf of the Horticulturist team as needed and adhere to the Living Collection Policy

Gardens Care & Maintenance

  • Assist the Horticulturist team in maintaining the health and care of living plant collections by performing a variety of horticultural maintenance activities including, but not limited to, site/soil preparation, planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering, implementing Plant Health Care practices, monitoring for pests and disease, herbicide/pesticide application as appropriate, and pruning
  • Maintain well-groomed and safe garden pathways and assigned areas that are free from debris, including snow/ice removal as needed

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Horticulture

  • Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
  • Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work
  • Carry out other such duties as may be assigned or requested.
  • Contribute to MCC activities as required. Actively participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in horticulture or plant science from an accredited college, university, or recognized certificate in horticulture and 2 years’ experience working in a public garden setting or equivalent experience
  • Broad knowledge of native herbaceous and woody plant identification, growth and cultural characteristics, pest/disease recognition and control
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, small and large engine equipment and vehicles
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
  • Requires moderate physical work; frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds

Please note this is a full time, non-exempt position.

The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An exception to the COVID vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for religious or medical reasons.

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, and outstanding professional development opportunities.

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