Gardener

Naples Botanical Garden
Naples

Organization Description

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class paradise, featuring the flora and cultures of the tropics and sub-tropics including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Florida. The Garden’s mission is to connect people and plants through display, education, conservation, and applied science. The Garden has beautifully restored native habitats, cultivated gardens, walking trails, and public programming that offer education and enjoyment for people of all ages. Naples Botanical Garden is a 501(c)3 organization.

 

Position Summary: Serves as gardener for Naples Botanical Garden.  This position is responsible for the maintenance and care of ornamental beds, trees, and shrubs, as well as all areas under the responsibility of the Horticulture Department. Experience is great, but we will provide specific training as well. Among the duties assigned to this position are the following:

  • Maintain ornamental beds by mulching, weeding, and clearing area free of litter and leaves. Also, properly groom, deadhead, stake, and prune plants.
  • Recognize and report potential physiological or nutritional problems such as wilting, leaf scorch, or deficiencies of nitrogen, iron, and magnesium.
  • Follow proper techniques of soil preparation, plant installation, and pesticide/herbicide/fertilizer application.
  • Other duties as required and assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year experience in public gardening and/or landscape and grounds maintenance.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driver's record and be capable of operating pickup trucks and other essential equipment safely.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of plant material, proper maintenance techniques, and correct horticultural practices, with good aesthetic sensibility.
  • Ability to work well within a diverse and multicultural workforce, including volunteers.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to operate all types of lawn/gardening equipment, blowers, trimmers, etc. safely.
  • Good interpersonal communication, and literacy skills.


Working Conditions:

  • Normal work hours are 6:00am-2:30pm; must have flexible schedule as work priorities or seasonal needs change. Schedule may include evenings or weekends.
  • Must be able to work required overtime, often with little advance notice (e.g., storm damage).
  • Must be able to work outside in inclement weather—extreme heat, high winds, and rain.
  • Must be able to perform physical work including bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • Must be willing to apply herbicides and pesticides under supervision.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:

·        Pre-Employment background check required.

 

Naples Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Garden has a long-standing policy of employment and advancement based solely upon qualifications to perform the essential elements of a position without regard to age, creed, gender, national origin or ancestry, race, color, religion, veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, HIV status, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, handicap or mental or physical disability.