ASSISTANT TO HEAD GARDENER / HORTICULTURIST


Sands Light
10 Sands Light Rd
Sands Point, NY 11050
United States

Category
Industry
Horticulture
Manages Others
No
Experience Required
No
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full-Time
Travel
No Travel

Job Description
A prominent estate on the Gold Coast of Long Island is looking for a passionate horticulturist to assist the Head Gardener with the care and development of its unique grounds.
 
The 5-acre organic property includes extensive perennial and shrub borders, a woodland garden, a knot garden, a vegetable and cut flower garden, numerous seasonal container displays, greenhouses, koi ponds, and water features.
 
Additionally, the waterfront property is home to many birds, including peacocks, chickens, pheasants, and guinea hens.
 
The ideal candidate will genuinely be interested in gardens and the natural world.
The available position is suited for an individual with 3-5 years of experience working in private or public gardens and looking for an attractive and unique garden to call home.
 
You will work together with the existing team of groundskeepers to maintain the property and report directly to the Head Gardener. 
 
This is a full-time, year-round position that includes benefits.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES:
 
• Perform horticultural tasks, including planting, pruning, weeding, watering, deadheading, mulching, and lawn care.
 
• Maintain annual and perennial container displays.
 
• Assist with greenhouse maintenance and snow removal.
 
• Available to work occasional weekends as needed.
 
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:
 
• Formal horticultural training is high, but extensive practical experience is preferable.
• Three years experience as a gardener/horticulturist in the private or public sector.
• Wide range of plant identification and knowledge of care will be necessary.
• Knowledge of Orchids is helpful.
• Willingness to work amongst exotic birds, dogs, and other family pets.
• Ability to work with a team as well as independently.
• Experience with specific garden tools and machinery.
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs regularly.
• Punctual, hardworking, and self-motivated.
• Knowledge of Spanish is helpful.
 
SALARY IS COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE.