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Posted Feb 09
Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Horticulturist

Lake City, SC, United States Full Time

Job Summary:

To beautify and maintain landscape and garden areas by working directly with the garden crew in various hands on activities.

Responsibilities:

  •  Assist with the supervision of the garden crew, work with them on a daily basis and provide training in proper horticultural techniques.
  •  Perform general gardening duties such as pruning, planting, weeding, mulching and debris removal with a focus on the main house and environs.
  •  Participate in researching and selecting new plant material, installing accession tags, inventorying beds, documenting associated database information, etc.
  •  Lead tours, provide demonstrations and answer questions from garden guests and staff on horticulture matters.
  •  Assist in weekly garden task scheduling and planning.
  •  Monitor and inspect plants for health deficiencies and problems, ascertain proper corrective measures and apply appropriate pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
  •  Assist with designing new garden areas.
  •  Work with contractors, consultants and temporary employees, aid in supervision and training of interns.
  •  With managerial approval, source, procure and purchase plants, supplies and materials such as trees, shrubs, seeds, mulch, soil and garden tools and equipment.
  •  Operate backhoes, tractors, trucks, forklifts and other heavy machinery. Also operate standard garden equipment such as chainsaws, blowers, mowers and tillers and perform heavy lifting as required.
  •  Other duties as assigned. Education and Experience: Associateʼs or Bachelorʼs degree in Horticulture, Botany or related field. Preferred: Previous professional experience in the field of horticulture. Physical requirements: Ability to lift 50 lbs.
    Willingness and ability to perform physical work outside in all weather conditions. Ability to carry, climb, push, stoop, reach, dig and to load and unload various objects. Ability to operate various power tools and heavy equipment.
    Must possess a valid South Carolina Driver’s license and be willing to obtain a South Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s license.

Working conditions:

The majority of time will be spent working outside in the garden, though some office work is also required. Summers are hot and humid with exposure to biting insects and poison ivy.
Compensation: This is a full time exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

About the garden:

Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization set on over 500 acres near Lake City, South Carolina. The garden is cultivated on 60 acres and is a dynamic mix of formal, naturalistic, and agrarian landscapes. Garden areas include a formal garden, vegetable garden, green roof, pond gardens, formal shrub borders, and a greenhouse and nursery. Other land use includes agriculture, forestry and wildlife habitat. We are currently in a period of growth in both our horticultural displays and programming. This is a very exciting time to be part of the MFBG team. Please visit our website at moorefarmsbg.org to learn more.

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