Posted on January 15, 2021
BRANDYWINE CONSERVANCY & MUSEUM OF ART
REPORTS TO: Horticultural Coordinator
BASIC FUNCTIONS: Performs all job responsibilities associated with the care of the
wildflower & native plant garden and its component programs at
the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art’s Chadds Ford
POSITION RELATIONSHIPS: Assists the horticultural coordinator. Works with garden
volunteers and a garden intern. Collaborates with facilities staff
and other Brandywine staff, as needed. Serves as ambassador to
visitors of the museum and campus gardens.
- Performs a diverse array of horticultural duties within the campus display beds and adjacent meadow areas. This includes, but is not limited to, planting design, planting,
- mulching, weeding, pruning, application of herbicides and litter management.
- Performs all duties related to the operation of a container-based native plant nursery, including seed sowing, potting, labeling, fertilizing, watering, preparing inventory reports.
- Performs all duties related to the operation of a native seed program, including species identification, collection, cleaning, packaging and order fulfillment.
- Plans for, supervises, and works with garden volunteers and a part time garden intern.
- Uses mechanical and/or chemical methods to control unwanted vegetation.
- Regularly inspects trails and performs remedial maintenance. In collaboration with the horticultural coordinator conducts tours of the campus gardens and its component programs.
- Gives presentations to a variety of audiences, as needed.
- A minimum of 2 years horticulture experience.
- Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in horticulture, botany or a related field, or an equivalent combination of skills, education and experience.
- Some knowledge of plant species native to the middle-Atlantic piedmont region.
- Ability to work outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions.
- Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds and meet the physical demands of the position which include standing, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, digging.
- Ability to effectively operate common landscape tools including hand-held and backpack sprayers, hand-held and backpack blowers, a string trimmer, a soil auger, a walk behind mower, and possess sufficient mechanical reasoning to successfully perform minor maintenance needs on these types of equipment.
- High level of personal initiative, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work largely unsupervised but also as a team member.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
- Computer proficient in Microsoft Office products, minimum.
- Keen observer of nature with a demonstrated interest in the flora and fauna of the middle-Atlantic region.
- A passion for conservation and horticulture and a dedication to the mission of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.
- Availability to work an occasionally varied schedule including one or two weekends per year and some evenings.
- Must own or have consistent access to reliable transportation.