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Senior Gardener- Conservation Discovery Garden 

 

Lauritzen Gardens is seeking a professional horticulturist for our Conservation Discovery Garden. Under the supervision of the director of horticulture the senior gardener will be responsible for the care of all horticultural aspects of the landscapes in his or her area. This area contains several acres of re-created tallgrass prairie landscapes, naturalistic perennial gardens, and several annual color beds.


The senior gardener will need to work cooperatively with other senior gardeners in the holistic care of the botanical garden landscapes, special projects, annual tasks, and events.  Like other employees at Lauritzen Gardens, this senior gardener 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.

 

Essential Candidate Qualifications/Experience:

  • The senior gardener must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in horticulture/landscape maintenance and an additional 3 years experience in a professional garden setting.
  • This professional must have excellent horticultural skills and be able to maintain the landscapes and plants under his or her care to the highest standards.
  • This senior gardener must work well under intense pressure, close scrutiny, and challenging deadlines.
  • He or she must possess excellent leadership skills, time management, and the ability to delegate appropriately.
  • Excellent pest and disease identification and treatment skills. IPM experience is a plus.
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and year-ahead planning skills. 
  • He or she must be comfortable supervising gardeners, interns, and volunteers on a daily basis.
  • This is a hands on job and the candidate must be able to lift 50 lbs safely, stand, squat, kneel 8 hours a day, and work safely in intensely hot or cold weather.
  • Applicant must be willing to get pesticide applicator certification within 6 months of starting the job.
  • He or she must be willing and able to apply chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers in a safe an appropriate manner.

  

Wage based on experience 

No relocation expenses provided 

Great benefits 

  

For inquiries and to submit resumes please contact Brenda Norton, director of human resources at (402) 346-4002, ext. 210 or b.norton@omahabotanicalgardens.org. Please include the title of the job position you are applying for in your email.

  

  

  

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