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HORTICULTURE DEPARTMENT  

  

Gardener, Tropical House of the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory 

   

This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of the 17,500 square foot Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens, a beautiful new conservatory that consists of three distinct houses.  The entrance to the conservatory is a large temperate house designed in the style of a Charleston courtyard garden.  This house is unique in the nation in that it will go through a cold period in the winter to mimic the dormant season of the southeastern states.  The next, and largest, house is a highly designed tropical house.  The tropical house is beautifully landscaped and maintained in a formal - as opposed to jungle - style.  The house will contain waterfalls, a large koi pond, and a pond dedicated to year-round Victoria water lily cultivation.  The third house will be a gallery space and terrace that will display prized collection plants including orchids, bonsai, begonias, etc. on a rotating basis.


Under the supervision of the conservatory manager this gardener will be responsible for the care of all horticultural aspects of the landscapes in the tropical house and gallery.  Some plants include palms, cycads, tree ferns, anthurium, ginger, etc. 

 

Like other employees at Lauritzen Gardens, this gardener position will be expected to participate in other duties as assigned including, but not limited to: snow removal, as a parking lot attendant during festivals, weekend or overtime work as needed, special event staffing, etc.  This position will be expected to work 40 hours per week in a schedule that may include a weekend day.

 

Finally, this gardener will participate in the maintenance of plants in two dedicated support greenhouses.  These greenhouses are approximately 30'x 60' each and are not open to the public.  They house plant collections intended for use in the tropical house, gallery, and in other parts of the garden according to the season.


Essential Candidate Qualifications/Experience:

  • This gardener must have at least 1 year of horticultural experience.  Experience in a conservatory or with tropical plants will be given preference.
  • An Associates or Bachelors Degree is preferred. Consideration will be given to those who are actively pursuing a degree in horticulture.
  • This gardener must an understanding of the foundations of excellent horticultural skills and be able to maintain the landscapes and plants under his or her care to the highest standards.
  • This gardener must be able to work cooperatively under the supervision of the conservatory manager and as a part of a team that includes the temperate house senior gardener and 18 outdoor gardeners.
  • He or she must be comfortable supervising volunteers on a daily basis.

  

Wage: $10/hour 

No relocation expenses provided. 


For inquiries and to submit resumes please contact Laura Kastl, director of human resources at 402-346-4002 ext 201 or l.kastl@omahabotanicalgardens.org. Please include the title of the job position you're applying for in your email. 
 

 

 

VISITOR SERVICES DEPARTMENT  

  

Tram Drivers (seasonal) 

Applications are currently being accepted for 2015 Seasonal Tram Driver positions.  Availability needed for day, evening and weekend shifts from April through October 2015.  24 to 30 hours a week. Flexible schedule, the applicant must have a valid driver's license, all applicants a subject to a background check. 

  

For inquiries and to submit resumes please contact Laura Kastl, director of human resources at 402-346-4002 ext 201 or l.kastl@omahabotanicalgardens.org. Please include the title of the job position you're applying for in your email.  

  

 

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT  

  

2015 Summer Adventure Camp Teaching Position 

Lauritzen Gardens, is a growing public garden located on a 100-acre site overlooking the Missouri River Valley. Visit www.lauritzengardens.org for more information about the indoor and outdoor displays.  

  

Duration:  

Late May through August 7. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. The start and end dates are flexible. Must commit to a minimum of three weeks of summer camp. Weeks do not need to be consecutive, and are based on the availability of the teacher and camp positions. 

  

Pay Rate:  

$10 per hour for individuals that posses a bachelor's degree in a related field, and $8.50 

 per hour for individuals that are currently enrolled in college as juniors or seniors in their field of study (must be a junior or senior in upcoming fall term). 

  

Position Details: 

Lauritzen Gardens' Summer Adventure Camp teachers are needed to teach groups of week-long campers between 4-12 years of age. Camp topics include nature-based themes that will allow staff and campers to enjoy an exciting indoor and outdoor camp experience. 

  

For inquiries and to submit resumes please submit a cover letter and resume to Laura Kastl, director of human resources at 402-346-4002 ext 201 or l.kastl@omahabotanicalgardens.org. Please include the title of the job position you're applying for in your email.  

 

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