Horticulturist/Lead Gardener

Mill River Park Collaborative
1055 Washington Boulevard
Stamford , CT 06901
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

Job Description

Leading a team of two grounds care technicians and regular volunteer groups, the Horticulturist / Lead Gardener is responsible for implementing the aesthetic vision of the park. Responsibilities include year-round monitoring, maintenance and record keeping of all Natural and Ornamental landscape features.

This position reports to the Land Care Manager.


Primary Tasks

•      Develop and implement complete seasonal and weekly horticulture action plans with an emphasis on Meadow and Riparian Buffer management.

            Provide and implement solutions to underperforming landscape features.

•      Provide solutions to landscape health and fertility problems with an emphasis on organic solutions.

•      Perform daily and seasonal landscape work including planting pruning, pest and weed / invasive species management, spring and fall cleanup, snow / ice clearing.

•      Operate a commercial grade irrigation system including creating watering programs and performing basic repairs.

•      Lead crew members and regular volunteer groups in seasonal landscape maintenance tasks.

•      Act as an ambassador for Mill River Collaborative, answering questions for park visitors about horticulture, park history and design.

            Document, report and catalog plant-related information.


Job Requirements
• Three or more years horticultural experience with practical knowledge of plant culture, maintenance, and identification with an emphasis on natural areas management (Meadows, Riparian Buffers, young Woodlands)
• Degree or Certification in horticulture or related field preferred
• Ability to estimate project expenses
• Ability to lead others including volunteers in installation and maintenance of landscapes
• Ability to operate / maintain landscape hand tools and power equipment
• Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
• Knowledge of irrigation system functionality and repair
• Ability to lift 50-lbs
• Working knowledge of commonly used computer programs (MS Office)
• Energetic, Hardworking, self-motivated and detail oriented
• Valid driver’s license
• Pesticide Applicator or Arborist licenses a plus

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
• Full-time, 40 hour per week, non-exempt position.
• Work schedule varies to meet the needs of the park, may include some weekends, holidays and evenings

Mill River Park Collaborative
Vincent Piselli
1055 Washington Boulevard
Stamford CT 06901
United States