Posted Feb 01
Mt. Cuba Center

Assistant Horticulturist

Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE Full Time

Essential Responsibilities:

This is an exciting hands-on opportunity to advance your career and obtain exposure to a diverse skill set in horticulture! The Assistant Horticulturist is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. This position provides ongoing support to the Horticulturist team. The incumbent will assist with horticultural design development as needed in support of the Horticulturist team. Additionally he/she will assist the Horticulturist team in maintaining the health and care of living plant collections by performing a variety of horticultural maintenance activities including, but not limited to, site/soil preparation, planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering, implementing Plant Health Care practices, monitoring for pests and disease, herbicide/pesticide application as appropriate, and pruning.


A qualified candidate will possess an associate’s degree in horticulture or plant science from an accredited college, university (or recognized certificate in horticulture) and 2 years’ experience working in a public garden setting or equivalent experience. Additionally, the following characteristics are desirable:

  • Broad knowledge of native herbaceous and woody plant identification, growth and cultural characteristics, pest/disease recognition and control
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
  • Requires moderate physical work; frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds. A Physical exam will be required upon offer of employment.

Work Environment:

Mt. Cuba Center offers competitive pay commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package including employer-matching 401k, health, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, employee discount program, and a balanced work-life environment. We are looking for highly collaborative team members that will help us deliver remarkable experiences to our guests and hold a passionate enthusiasm for their work.

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