To apply, please contact Renee Portonova.
JOB TITLE: Seasonal Horticulturalist
DEPT/PROGRAM: Park Programs
REPORTS TO: Horticulture Manager
POSITION OVERVIEW: Assist and support all aspects of horticultural operations and maintenance of the Charles River Esplanade Park, in alignment with organizational goals and planning.
POSITION STATUS: Full-time, seasonal, nonexempt
Season runs April through December, weather dependent
- Work closely with supervisor to carry out prioritized park landscaping, maintenance and improvement projects and needs, including:
- Monitoring, maintaining, and caring for the installation, care and/or replacement of the park’s tree, shrub, and herbaceous collections;
- Irrigating plantings as needed, and maintaining irrigation systems at selected sites;
- Carrying out soil testing and monitoring compaction;
- Implementing the compost program, including compost tea brewing and applications; and
- Maintaining park benches, chairs and other fixtures as needed.
- Communicate as appropriate with DCR staff on both on-going issues (events, maintenance, safety, etc.) and ad hoc issues (fallen tree limbs, graffiti, animals, repairs, etc.).
- Participate in the implementation of a park-wide Horticulture Plan.
- Implement where possible organic procedures and protocols.
- Work with the Stewardship Manager on diverse volunteer group projects, and provide volunteers with instruction and oversight on planting, invasive plant species removal, maintenance practices and safety issues.
- Asist with the maintenance and smooth functioning/upkeep of equipment, tools and vehicles.
- Collaborate with marketing staff by sharing information and pictures to be used on the website and for other forms of publicity and education.
- Attend fundraising events as directed.
- Prepare reports and other materials for board meetings as directed.
- Assist in supervising summer interns.
- Prepare and submit weekly updates.
- Maintain a variety of records, including inventory of native and invasive species, plantings, etc.
- Assist in updating tree inventory and labeling/mapping in ArcGIS and other databases.
- Promote internal communication and information-sharing.Perform other duties as directed or as needed.
- Three years’ horticulture, gardening and/or landscaping experience that includes, compost tea brewing and application, pruning, working with irrigation systems, and knowledge of soil science required.
- Experience with irrigation Plant Health Care preferred.
- Volunteer management experience helpful.
- Strong plant identification, composting, and small tree pruning skills required.
- Must be able safely operate diverse tools, including chainsaw, pole saw, string trimmer, basic lawnmower, chipper/shredder, and various hand tools.
- Basic equipment maintenance skills necessary.
- Ability to work effectively with DCR personnel, contractors/vendors, board members, donors, and park patrons.
- Ability to work well under pressure and with rapidly changing priorities.
- Associates or Bachelor degree helpful, preferably in relevant field.
- Horticulturalist-related safety training (use of chainsaws, pesticides, etc.) preferred.
- MCH, AOLCP, or UMASS Green School preferred.
- Must be able to work some evening, holidays and weekend events.
- Must possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license at time of appointment and for duration of employment.
- Must be able to bend, stoop, reach, carry up to 50 lbs., crawl, climb, and lift as necessary to carry out duties.