Horticulturist for Rose and Formal gardens

Memphis Botanic Garden
MEMPHIS, TN 38117-4608
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $12.00 To $20.00
Per Hour
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

·         Overseeing the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the Rose Garden and other formal gardens.  This covers a wide range of landscape/maintenance tasks important to the preservation, protection and transplanting of existing plants; including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilization, irrigation and pesticide application. It also includes maintaining areas of hardscape and general care of horticultural tools and equipment.


·         Assists with a variety of Horticulture Department projects such as new installations, seasonal Plant Sales and other events and educational programming.

Job Requirements
• Ability to prepare soil and planting beds
• Ability to work effectively with staff and volunteers in the planting and maintenance of Garden displays
• Ability to use rototillers, weed eaters, push mowers, and other tools in the planting and maintenance of gardens
• Ability to apply chemical fertilizers and chemical pest control under the direction of a licensed chemical applicator
• Ability to plant various plant and maintain trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants
• Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations to various audiences
• Ability to read, understand, and interpret planting directions, safety manuals, and simple correspondence and directions
• Ability to use math in simple calculations such as chemical proportions
• Ability to identify and resolve simple problems
• Adherence to all health and safety guidelines

• Customer service oriented
• Detail oriented
• Ethical and professional
• Passionate about plants

Special Requirements:
• B.S. from accredited institution in Horticulture or related discipline; OR
• A.A. in Horticulture or related field with at least two years related experience and/or training in a commercial nursery, greenhouse or landscaping environment; OR
• Equivalent experience
• Minimum 3 years of hands-on, relevant horticultural work experience. Must have experience in growing roses, including knowledge of all classifications of roses, including pruning, fertilization and pest control. A pesticide applicators license would be an asset.
• Schedule would be either Tuesday – Saturday or Monday – Friday, with flexibility to change when needed including a seasonal change of hours.