Pruning Specialist

The Huntington Library, Art Museums, and Botanical
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
From $19.00 To $22.00
Per Hour
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

The Application Process

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Please submit a cover letter and CV/resume as a single PDF attachment.

You will have the opportunity to submit additional documents on the “My Experience” section of the application.


About Us

At The Huntington, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to support and promote the appreciation of the humanities, the arts, and botanical science. The Huntington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

The Huntington

Founded in 1919, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution open to the public, housing world-class library, art, and botanical collections. Its mission is to support research and promote education in the arts, humanities, and botanical science and to display and interpret its extraordinary resources for diverse audiences.

The Culture

Here we are committed to the highest of standards in all that we do – from preserving and protecting the collections, to exhibitions, educational and scholarly programming, visitor and reader services, and beyond.  Achieving excellence across these pursuits requires a diversity of perspectives, expertise, experience, and methodologies. We are better together.  We believe an explicit commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion directly impacts and improves staff and audience engagement and experience. 

The Huntington requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19,

and proof of vaccination must be submitted prior to beginning employment. In accordance with the law, The Huntington will accommodate employees who cannot be administered the COVID-19 vaccine due to their sincerely held religious belief, disability, or medical condition, and applicants should contact Laura Sanders in Human Resources at if they have questions about this requirement.

Job Description

About the Role

The pruning specialist I reports to the Horticulture Curator of Asian Gardens to ensure that the care and maintenance of all trees, shrubs, and plants in the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, and North Vista are maintained to the highest standards of quality, health, cultural accuracy, and aesthetics. The incumbent will work autonomously to determine proper pruning techniques and implementation throughout over twenty-five acres of garden. The candidate will be expected to supervise volunteers, new employees, and assist the Horticulture Curator and Head Gardener on special projects related to pruning, planting, garden maintenance, and design. S/he/they will demonstrate a background of working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, using a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible approach.

Job Requirements
Essential Duties

Assess and implement correct pruning methods for a wide range of trees, shrubs, and plants at various stages of development, and in accordance with Chinese and Japanese style gardening principles (emphasis on the following genera: Camellia, Pinus, Juniperus, Magnolia, Cycas, Prunus, Quercus)
Supervise and instruct new employees and volunteers regarding proper pruning techniques and long-term care strategies
Work with fellow staff members as needed on day-to-day tasks throughout the garden (pruning, weeding, mulching, general cleaning)
Meet regularly with Curator to report overall conditions of gardens and pathways
Ensure that gardens are safe and presentable for the public
Maintain equipment, tool inventory, and ensure repairs are done in a timely manner
Assist Curator with special projects in the garden
Other Duties (as needed)

Monitor the impact of construction on gardens and plant material during times of renovation and heavy foot traffic
Work extra hours on weekends and evenings during special functions
Assist contracted landscapers/hardscaping crews with minor construction work
Willingness to obtain certification to spray pesticide/herbicide/fertilizer in accordance with all California state laws and requirements
May perform other related duties as assigned
Candidate Requirements and Experience

Minimum 3 years of related Chinese and/or Japanese garden style pruning
Familiarity with traditions, history, and culture of Japan and China as they relate to gardens
A strong understanding of the botanical classification of plants
Willingness to learn accessioning and inventory system used in the gardens
A comprehensive understanding of safe gardening and work practices
The ability to work autonomously and proactively with minimal supervision
Strong oral and written communication skills in English

A degree in horticulture, or higher education level coursework completed towards a degree in horticulture
Basic understanding of Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), and/or Spanish
Working Conditions

Must be able to work in all weather conditions including intense heat, cold, rain, and wind
Routine use of ladders/stairs in remote, elevator free areas of the garden
Routinely perform physical work in the gardens which may include bending, pulling, stooping, squatting, lifting, digging and/or hauling garden waste for prolonged periods of time
The ability to consistently lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
Use of basic garden power/hand tools expected
Compensation & Benefits

We provide competitive compensation, generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees including:

Pay range: $19-22/hr. Negotiable and commensurate on experience.
Medical, Dental, Vision
403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
Hybrid remote work schedule available for applicable positions
Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and holidays
Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for mass transit expenses and free parking)
Discounts for staff in The Huntington Store and restaurants
Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions
Free passes each month to welcome family and friends to visit the grounds