Assistant Greenhouse Horticulturist


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Sarasota, FL
United States

Industry
Horticulture
Manages Others
No
Experience Required
Yes
Degree Required
No
Pay
To $20.00
Per Hour
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full-Time

Job Description
POSITION SUMMARY:
 
The assistant greenhouse horticulturist provides overall support to the greenhouse horticulturists in completing all greenhouse tasks. This position will enthusiastically develop competency in and complete all tasks established by the Vice President for Greenhouse Horticulture to effectively and efficiently care for Selby Gardens’ greenhouse collection plants.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
 
● Provides general care for greenhouse collection plants including watering and fertilizing as directed by Horticulturists
 
● Learn to identify plants as well as any health concerns including disease, weeds, and insect pests
 
● Assist in overall greenhouse hygiene through the removal of algae on benches/wet pads/greenhouses as well as the removal of plant debris in a timely fashion ensuring proper sanitation methods
 
● Monitor weed suppression through physical removal and chemical application
 
● Maintain cleanliness of the greenhouses by sweeping, cleaning and power washing floors, benches and greenhouse structures
 
● Ensure cleanliness of pots as well as their proper storage
 
● Organize work corridor area including tools and supplies
 
● Create large batches of potting medium
 
● Assists Horticulturists with projects as needed
 
● Participates in Gardens-wide activities including but not limited to the Member’s Day Plant Sale  
 
Job Requirements
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE


● High School or equivalent degree

● Minimum two years of hands-on professional nursery experience preferred

QUALIFICATIONS

● Knowledge of greenhouse environmental systems and operations

● Basic knowledge of plant, soil and insect diseases
● Basic knowledge of G Suite

● Ability to properly use horticultural tools

● Adaptable – thrives in a constantly changing work environment

● Ability to work in environmental conditions of cold, hot, wet and humid

● This position is physically demanding and requires the ability to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis,

as well as function in physical positions such as stooping, bending, turning, twisting, walking,
reaching and squatting

EXCELLENT INDICATORS OF A SUCCESSFUL SELBY GARDENS’ TEAM MEMBER INCLUDE

● Strong work ethic

● Continuous and eager learner

● Actively lives and communicates the mission of Selby Gardens

● Passion to deliver exceptional service to internal and external customers through attention to
detail and innovative methods of saying “thank you”

● Regularly offer innovative approaches to old concepts