Head of Landscaping & Horticulture


Menla Retreat Center
375 Pantherkill Road
Phoenicia, NY 12464
United States

Industry
Horticulture
Application Closing Date
6/1/2024
Manages Others
Yes
Experience Required
Yes
Degree Required
No
Pay
From $20.00 To $23.00
Per Hour
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full-Time
Travel
No Travel

Job Description

 

Menla is known for its beautiful organic gardens, providing healthy food to our kitchen and guests. We are on a 330 acre site in a secluded valley, in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Our campus is 70 acres with 24 buildings. We have .75 acres producing vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, berries, and a wide variety of both cultivated and wild and medicinal plants. Our gardens and grounds are one of the faces of Menla, and their beauty and care is an important part of our culture and tribute to the land. We are looking for a “Zen Gardener” who brings a sense of spirituality to the work at hand.

This position is full time April 1 - Nov 1, possible PT work through the winter months for the right candidate.

Essential Attributes & Skills :

  • 5 - 10 years of Landscaping & growing diversified organic production
  • Integrated pest management knowledge
  • Strong aesthetic, tidy
  • Able to work in difficult climate conditions (rain, cold, heat, humidity)
  • Able to lift 50lbs, bend, kneel, twist, reach
  • Able to drive a large truck
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Friendly, enjoys engaging with a wide range of visitors into the gardens
  • Basic hand tool skills, fence repair and small repairs as needed
  • Able to organize volunteer projects and instruct volunteers with little skill and no experience
  • Self-motivated and responsible, able to work independently
  • Strong observation skills, ability to assess needs of a particular project, and solve in a sustainable manner
  • A desire to continually learn and ability to research specific issues around horticulture and ecology as needed
  • Understanding of the Catskills ecosystems and floral design is a plus

Responsible for :

  • Maintaining and improving landscape beds throughout the property, using deer resistant plants
  • Floral arrangements for use in the reception area and dining areas
  • Indoor plant care
  • Seasonal container flower plantings
  • Assisting head gardener with high yield production 3/4 acre of vegetable/flower/culinary herbs/berry gardens for use in the kitchen from seed starting to harvesting to putting the garden to sleep
  • Continued ecological restoration work, removal of invasive species and maintaining areas which have been cleared
  • Interacting with guests who enjoy the gardens and grounds, including garden tours when appropriate
  • Working with the maintenance and kitchen team to ensure a robust compost system stays strong
  • Clearly communicating budget needs

Resources:

  • A 600 SF glass greenhouse
  • Two small sheds and plenty of tools
  • A garden truck
  • You will be part of maintenance team, and we have a wood/metal shop, onsite mechanic and heavy equipment operator

This is not a 9-5 job. 32-40 hours/week required. We understand that there needs to be flexibility built in to the position to work with weather and available assistance (for example when there is a work/study crew or volunteers)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $20.00 - $23.00 per hour

Expected hours: 32 – 40 per week

Benefits:

  • 401(k) matching
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed



Job Requirements
Experience:

Gardening: 5 years (Required)
Landscape ecology: 5 years (Preferred)
Landscaping: 5 years (Required)