Part-Time Horticulturist (Part Time, Temporary)
The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking a skilled and passionate Horticulturist to oversee the development, maintenance, and care of our upcoming Native Plant Garden. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Education & Officer of Campaign Projects, the Horticulturist will be responsible for overseeing the garden’s health and developing ongoing maintenance & care plans. The Horticulturist will be responsible for ongoing development, training and oversight of activities for all Nat Garden Corps volunteers.
Garden Design, Maintenance and Care:
- Select and source appropriate replacements for native plant species, taking into account approved species, regional ecology, conservation needs, and aesthetic appeal.
- Conduct regular inspections of the native plant garden, monitoring plant health, pest infestations, and soil conditions.
- Develop and execute a comprehensive plant care schedule, including watering, pruning, and pest control.
- Work directly with Parks & Recreation staff, who remotely operate the Nat Garden’s irrigation systems, to ensure all plants are receiving all watering/irrigation requirements.
- Ensure the garden’s cleanliness and appearance is maintained to the highest standards for visitors’ enjoyment and educational purposes.
- Work with Forever Balboa Park and Nat Volunteer Department to train all Nat Garden Corps volunteers on native plant care and maintenance protocols.
- Plan and oversee volunteers’ activities two times per week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) for garden maintenance, ensuring they are properly instructed and equipped.
- Responsible for updating native plant maintenance plans, detailing specific care requirements for each plant species in the garden.
- Purchase and maintain all necessary inventory for Garden maintenance.
- Co-develop annual garden budget. Track and report on all expenses as needed.
- Assist in supporting garden-related events and programs for the public.
- Serve as a point of contact for volunteers conducting both maintenance and interpretation activities in the garden.
- Collaborate with botanical researchers and participate in data collection and plant-related research activities, including oversight of long-term community science study of garden biodiversity.
- Coordinate with other Museum staff, volunteers, and contractors involved in the garden’s maintenance and development.
- Comply with safety guidelines and practices for horticultural activities, ensuring a safe environment for visitors and staff.
- Keep detailed records of garden maintenance activities, plant inventory, and any changes or developments related to the garden.
- Stay informed about horticultural best practices, new plant varieties, and trends in native plant landscaping.
- Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Botany, Environmental Science, or a related field preferred with 1+ year of experience; or 3+ years of equivalent experience without degree.
- Proven experience in horticulture, preferably in the care of native plant species.
- Knowledge of California’s native plant species and their ecological significance.
- Understanding of sustainable gardening practices and water-efficient irrigation systems.
- Strong communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with volunteers, Museum staff and the public.
- Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
- Physical ability to perform horticultural tasks, including bending, lifting, and prolonged outdoor work.
- Passion for environmental conservation and promoting the significance of native plant species.
This is a temporary, part-time, non-exempt position with 20 hours of work per week. Availability on Tuesdays and Saturdays is required. The position is classified as temporary and will be re-evaluated after twelve months of completed service.
In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodation based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.
Pay rate: $25.00 per hour.
How to ApplyApplicants should submit a resume and cover letter that highlights relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of resumes will begin on October 9, 2023. No phone calls or drop–ins, please.
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