Monday, June 16, 2014

Job Posting - Gardener


Description: The Barnes Foundation is seeking candidates for the position of Gardener.  As an integral part of the Arboretum team, the Gardener will assist with the development and maintenance of the grounds and living collections.

Established as an educational institution the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees.

The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.

·         Show up on time every day and work full scheduled shift;
·         Follow instructions given by Head Gardener or the Gardener in charge of that section if assisting a fellow Gardener;
·         Work in a safe manor adhering to all safety precautions and procedures;
·         Listen, learn, and ask questions about techniques, plant material, and the history of the Living Collection;
·         Be able to trouble shoot and come up with multiple solutions and/or ideas when any issue arises before bringing the issue to the Head Gardener’s attention;
·         Manage your time efficiently when doing assigned tasks;
·         Assist in the development, maintenance and daily care of the Arboretum including turf, general landscape maintenance, cultivation of plant material, planting, transplanting, pruning, plant health care, composting, snow removal, and overall maintenance of outdoor areas of the Garden to preserve its historic character;
·         Apply knowledge of plant identification for correct labeling, selection and cultivation of plants in ideal locations;
·         Be competent in propagation methods and procedures for maintaining and increasing the Living Collection of both herbaceous and woody plant material
·         Take action to initiate watering, fertilizing, and integrated pest management;
·         Help monitor and maintain plants records,  inventories, labels and special collections using knowledge of electronic plant record systems;
·         Under the direction of the Head Gardener researches, orders plants for the Arboretum and plant sale based on collections policies and seasonal display goals;
·         Assist with the coordination of students and volunteer activities in addition to providing  instruction and demonstrating gardening practices, use of tools, plant features and landscape applications;
·         Provide information to visitors such as botanical names, characteristics and proper care of plants in an engaging manner to promote the mission of the Foundation;
·         Work closely with other departments to facilitate, coordinate, and implement construction, instillation, and other work for landscape, gardens, public and special events and educational programs; 
·         Demonstrate safe handling of gardening hand tools and power equipment in addition to pesticides per instructions; and
·         Perform other duties as required.

·         Associate or Bachelor degree in horticulture science or related field or equivalent from a formal gardener training program;
·         At least one year experience in ornamental horticulture and familiarity with herbaceous/woody plants/tropical ornamentals and their names;
·         Knowledge of plant data base computer applications;
·         Knowledge of gardening methods and practices, plant disease and pests, tools and materials;
·         Ability to interact well with colleagues, visitors, students and volunteers;
·         Valid Driver’s license required;
·         PA Pesticide Applicator’s License preferred or obtained within one year.

Competitive Benefits Include: Group health and dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; short and long term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time and holidays.

To Apply: Please apply online

Please include your cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references with your application. Applications that fail to meet this requirement cannot be considered.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free workplace. We participate in E-Verify.

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