Gardener III

1 Position Available Closes: 2/15/19

Job Summary:

The Gardener III leads Heronswood garden staff in the daily horticultural duties required to maintain a botanic garden and works with the Director and Assistant Director to recognize gardening tasks that are in need of attention. This position’s primary duties are carried out independently and require significant knowledge of horticulture and plant selection for Pacific Northwest gardens, plant biology, binomial nomenclature, taxonomy, and pest and weed identification and management.

Job Duties:

  • Fully assisting with and directing, if necessary, all joint tasks in the garden including autumn cleanup, mulching, and staking as requested by the Assistant Director or Director.
  • Taking a lead role in directing staff during regular workdays and special events in the garden by communicating needs to other gardeners and joining communication with Assistant Director or Director.
  • Reporting to the Assistant Director the need for materials, repairs, and supplies in a timely fashion.
  • Reporting to the Assistant Director the names, quantities, and locations of recently planted material or successfully recording the material in a frequently-updated database if requested.
  • Using proper binomial nomenclature of plant species and cultivars and staying updated on revisions of botanical Latin names at the family, genus, species, and subspecies level.
  • Executing small pruning jobs without request and more intricate pruning jobs upon request at a professional level.
  • Correctly, safely, and responsibly applying pesticides, slug bait, and herbicides when necessary, and anticipating the need for their application.
  • Correctly and efficiently applying mulch and fertilizer to beds when deemed necessary.
  • Correctly and safely using garden tools and equipment, as well as tracking inventory, repair needs, cleaning, and storage of garden equipment.
  • Anticipating and requesting watering needs for the garden throughout the growing months.
  • Successfully planting, transplanting and maintaining plantings throughout the year while monitoring their condition and reporting their results.
  • Carrying out and demonstrating proper cultural practices in a greenhouse, including sowing, transplanting, potting up, feeding, watering, temperature control, and proper labeling of containerized plants.
  • Helping the Assistant Director and Director in directing volunteers in the garden.
  • Leading garden tours for a wide range of audiences, from garden clubs to plant taxonomists, or assisting with tours in the garden when requested.
  • Assisting in the horticultural training and supervision of community service workers and re-entry workers.
  • Identifying plant species and their care in the garden when called upon by other gardeners.
  • Identifying weeds, understanding their life cycles, and managing them appropriately in a timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned and appropriate for this position.


  • B.S. in Horticulture, Botany, Landscape Architecture, Ecology, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years professional gardener/horticulture work required.
  • Demonstrated experience directing staff and/or volunteers required.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead tours and engage with the public on botanical and horticultural topics required.
  • Firm understanding of and ability to use binomial, botanical nomenclature.
  • Firm understanding of common garden plants of the Pacific Northwest, and common weeds of the Pacific Northwest and their management required.
  • Position requires some evening and weekend work.
  • Must pass a criminal background check and a UA Drug and Alcohol test.
  • License: Reliable and legal transportation and a valid Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to finger, handle, reach with hands and arms.
  • Regularly required to walk, sit and reach with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Occasionally required to climb ladders up to 12’ to carry out pruning or other garden maintenance tasks.
  • Vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Normal audio acuity.

Typical Environmental Conditions

The worker is frequently subject to outside environmental conditions and often subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.


Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification; they are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

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