Assistant Gardener

Department: Horticulture
Reports to: Director of Gardens and Grounds

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Primary Objective: Under supervision, assists in and performs gardening work; performs related work.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in and perform tasks such as planting, cultivating and caring for trees, flowers, plants, shrubs, and other flora.
  • Assist in and perform tasks such as digging up, balling, burlapping, and transplanting trees and shrubs; dig up and transplant sod; pot flowers and plants; propagate plant life.
  • Assist in and perform tasks involving maintenance and operations of greenhouses and nurseries.
  • Assist in preparation of soil and seed beds; receive training to grade sod, weed, mulch, and mow lawns; assist in repairing damaged planted areas, fertilizing and watering soil; receive training in pruning and spraying trees, shrubs, and plants.
  • Assist in and perform tasks involved in operation and care of hand and power gardening tools and equipment. Make necessary operating adjustments to same; report needs for repairs and replacements to supervisor.
  • Perform simple recordkeeping and prepare simple written reports.
  • Drive vehicles and operate any other motorized equipment incidental to the performance of duties.
  • As directed, performs various tasks in connection with cleaning of grounds and painting of fixtures and equipment.

Supervision Exercised:

May supervise subordinate seasonal employees, as well as volunteers.

Education/Experience Required:

Thirty credits, at least 15 of which must be in horticulture, agriculture, or a related field, from an accredited college or community college; or a certificate from a recognized horticultural or botanical program.

Skills/Abilities Required:

  • One year of full-time experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following: planting, cultivating and caring for trees, plants, shrubs, and lawns; or
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to above
  • Possession of a motor vehicle driver’s license valid in the state of New York.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain pesticide apprentice certification

Work Environment Issues:

  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
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