Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Madison,  Wisconsin

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a City of Madison Parks award winning treasure, is currently seeking two (2) highly skilled Gardeners to fill one (1) permanent, full time position and one (1) permanent, part time position. These distinguished positions are members of the horticulture outdoor gardens team and are responsible for overseeing the planting and maintenance of assigned garden areas and the plant nursery.
The Gardeners also may assist in the planting and maintenance of other gardens and projects under the direction of the Horticulture Supervisor. These positions oversee the work of interns, volunteers, and other seasonal workers in order to create and maintain exceptional horticultural displays that fulfill Olbrich Botanical Gardens' vision of being a locally treasured and globally renowned source of beauty and education celebrating the importance of plants in a sustainable world.

This is a permanent, part-time (24 hours/week) year-round position. The work schedule is primarily Monday through Friday days, with flexibility required depending upon the time of year.

Weekend and evening hours, especially for programs and events may be assigned with an adjusted scheduled as determined by the Horticulture Supervisor.

Duties & Responsibilities


• Oversee the innovative designs of the assigned garden areas by working with the horticulture team to conceptualize, design, order, install and maintain the respective garden areas.
• Monitor pests and diseases with sustainable practices.
• Keep accurate plant records in OPAL database and collaborate with staff so that plant maps and labels are up to date.
• Maintain and organize tool, supplies and horticulture materials such as work calendars, schedules, plant information, etc.
• Train, supervise and organize work for volunteers (regularly scheduled and temporary) for student interns.
• Collaborate with the horticulture team and staff on special projects, exhibits and events.
• Work with the horticulture staff to conceptualize, design, build, install, and maintain creative and innovative seasonal indoor flower shows, including the Holiday Train Show and Spring Flower Show.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education/Outreach responsibilities will include:
• Preparing and teaching gardening classes, workshops, etc. for Botanical Gardens education programs.
• Teach proper methods and techniques to interns, volunteers, Huber workers, etc. for efficient, high quality plant and garden maintenance.
• Write newsletter articles on horticultural and garden topics and prepare garden-related articles for the Botanical Gardens newsletter.
• Answer occasional questions while maintaining courteous and professional interactions with garden visitors.
• Provide general garden tours for member groups, peer groups, and educational organizations.
• Participate in member/donor events.
• Design innovative annual designs in assigned garden areas, including planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, mulching and weeding annuals, perennials, bulbs, aquatics, vines, shrubs and trees.
• Assist horticulture and special events staff for annual plant sale by attending planning meetings, ordering plant material, managing volunteers, assisting customers, and organizing inventory.

Education and Experience

• Two years of experience in the cultivation, growth, and care of plants in outdoor growing conditions.
• Completion of a one-year post-high school horticulture program or 15 college credits in horticulture may be substituted for six (6) months of experience.
- OR -
• Completion of an Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in horticulture, botany, or a related field including an internship or field experience performing year round maintenance of horticultural specialty gardens may be substituted for one (1) year of the experience requirements.

If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:

Two years experience in applying the following:
• Horticultural/ornamental gardening maintenance practices and procedures with an emphasis on sustainable techniques.
• Plant materials, methods of care, propagation and pruning techniques.
• Plant diseases, pests, and control methods and plant growth theory.
• Tools and equipment used in garden and grounds maintenance.

The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its citizens and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.

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