Principal Greenhouse Technician/Senior Greenhouse Technician


Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallen Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
United States

Industry
Horticulture
Application Closing Date
8/23/2021
Experience Required
Yes
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full-Time
Travel
No Travel

Job Description

 
Description

Montgomery Parks-Horticulture, Forestry and Environmental Education Division are currently seeking a motivated, highly organized, and professional Greenhouse Grower to perform a broad range of Greenhouse work for Brookside Gardens. This position reports directly to the Greenhouse Production Supervisor. Go to our website to learn more about Brookside Gardens at www.brooksidegardens.org

Brookside Gardens, a horticultural display garden in Wheaton, Maryland, seeks a passionate and enthusiastic Greenhouse/Nursery Technician with broad horticultural knowledge and experience. The potential candidate should be a highly collaborative team member that will put Brookside Gardens’ mission first and help to deliver remarkable experiences to our guests. The Greenhouse/Nursery Technician is responsible for producing high quality annuals, perennials, tropical and woody plants to support the display gardens, conservatories, landscapes, education programs and gift shops. Our growing facilities include a new 11,000 square foot greenhouse, an older 6,000 square foot greenhouse, plus several outdoor growing areas.

Throughout the year, Brookside Gardens hosts more than 800,000 visitors, many at engaging programs and events for children and adults, including the summer live butterfly exhibit and winter light display. We welcome applicants who reflect the diversity of our community and can help us become a more inclusive garden for staff and visitors.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner. Montgomery Parks has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, and we serve a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. We manage 424 parks on over 37,000 acres of parkland. Go to our website to learn more: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/

DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology or status as a Veteran. Applicants who are multilingual are encouraged to apply!

Please Note: The salary range listed represents the earning potential for this position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Candidates will be placed in appropriate classification based on experience compared to minimum qualifications.

Examples of Important Duties

Principal Greenhouse Technician Grade H18 ($47,692-$64,649-$81,607)

What the job will involve -
  • Coordinate a complex schedule of crop production for conservatory displays, special events, outdoor seasonal displays, and gift shops.
  • As part of a growing production team produce all seasonal annuals, perennials, and tropical plants used throughout the gardens
  • Maintain healthy stock plants and rotating greenhouse collections
  • Monitor greenhouse temperatures, humidity, and moisture levels
  • Receive seeds, plugs, herbaceous and woody plant material for production
  • Receive and stock materials and supplies to support production operations
  • Maintain accurate records, files and inventories for plant propagation, plant labels, grow lights, and crop production.
  • Use IPM practices to identify, monitor and manage pests, diseases, and weeds
  • Implement and coordinate a biological control program
Important Skills and Characteristics
  • Extensive knowledge of plant identification, greenhouse control systems, plant cultural requirements, and disease/pest recognition.
  • Broad crop scheduling knowledge of diverse plant material for indoor and outdoor display gardens and exhibits
  • Demonstrated skill in all areas of crop production
  • Willingness to share horticultural knowledge with visitors, volunteers, and staff in informal settings and through formally scheduled programs
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including use of Microsoft Office suite and other specialized programs.
  • Organized, reliable, accurate and detail oriented with ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform strenuous work in all weather conditions. Working in extreme high and low temperatures, apply pesticides, operate equipment, interact with visitors in a formal/informal setting, stoop, bend, stretch, pull, and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required, including assisting with special events
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field and 3 years of progressively responsible experience in growing ornamental crops in a production greenhouse.
  • Current Maryland Pesticide Applicators license or other state.
  • .Multilingual

Senior Greenhouse Technician, Grade H16 ($42,112-$57,087-$72,060)

What the job will involve -
  • As part of a growing production team produce all seasonal annuals, perennials, and tropical plants used throughout the gardens
  • Maintain healthy stock plants and rotating greenhouse collections
  • Monitor greenhouse temperatures, humidity, and moisture levels
  • Receive seeds, plugs, herbaceous and woody plant material for production
  • Receive and stock materials and supplies to support production operations
  • Maintain accurate records, files and inventories for plant propagation, plant labels, grow lights, and crop production.
  • Use IPM practices to identify, monitor and manage pests, diseases, and weeds
  • Assist and make recommendations coordinating a biological control program
Important Skills and Characteristics
  • Proficient knowledge of plant identification, greenhouse control systems, plant cultural requirements, and disease/pest recognition.
  • Knowledge of diverse plant material for indoor and outdoor display gardens and exhibits
  • Willingness to share horticultural knowledge with visitors, volunteers, and staff in informal settings and through formally scheduled programs
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including use of Microsoft Office suite and other specialized programs.
  • Organized, reliable, accurate and detail oriented with ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform strenuous work in all weather conditions. Working in extreme high and low temperatures, apply pesticides, operate equipment, interact with visitors in a formal/informal setting, stoop, bend, stretch, pull, and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required, including assisting with special events
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field and 3 years of progressively responsible experience in growing ornamental crops in a production greenhouse.
  • Current Maryland Pesticide Applicators license or other state.
  • Multilingual

Minimum Qualifications

Principal Greenhouse Technician Grade H18 ($47,692-$64,649-$81,607)

1. Associate of Arts Degree in Horticulture or related area plus three years of progressively responsible gardening and greenhouse/horticultural /nursery experience, or

2. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience in horticultural, greenhouse or nursery work.

3. Valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's licenses must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations , suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehciles or perform driving duties required of their position.

4. Maryland Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator's certification.

5. Pass commission medical examination.

6. Additionally, contingent upon area of assignment, some positions in this class may
require:
a) U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant and Animal Protection Service Permit, for
acquiring and maintaining live exhibits upon appointment, or within 6 months.
b) Commercial Driver's License with appropriate endorsement upon appointment,
or within 6 months.

Senior Greenhouse Technician, Grade H16 ($42,112-$57,087-$72,060)

1. Associate of Arts degree in horticulture or related area and one year of progressive greenhouse, nursery experience in horticultural support work, or an equivalent combination of education and experieince.

2. Valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's licenses must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required of their position.

3. Maryland Department of Agriculture pesticide applicatior's certiication within six months of appointment.

4. Pass Commission medical examination

5. Additionally, contingent upon area of assignment, some positions in this class may require Commercial Driver's License with appropriate endorsement upon appointment, or within 6 months.
Supplemental Information

Very competitive and flexible benefits programs available!

Get to know Montgomery Parks and the opportunities available:

https://www.montgomeryparks.org/about/divisions/


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