Salary: $30,000 – $32,000

Posted: Friday, September 2, 2011


Reports To:    Horticulture Manager

Summary of position: Perform all duties associated with design, installation, and maintenance of gardens, nurseries and greenhouse. This position will also be assisting with maintenance of plant records and mapping. Some teaching of classes and writing articles. Will include some weekend and evening hours.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Perform a wide range of horticultural tasks important to the preservation of the collections including, but not limited to design, planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, watering, etc.
  2. Teach classes and write articles.
  3. Design and assist with installation of new garden displays.
  4. Inspect gardens for plant damage, disease or landscape problems and take corrective actions.
  5. Train and supervise volunteers, interns, and other staff.
  6. Assist with entering plant records data in BG-Base and GIS mapping.

Requirements:  BS degree in horticulture (or closely related field) and one (1) year experience in public garden maintenance, or combination of education and three (3) years garden maintenance. Experience with designing gardens from the ground up and maintaining plant records (preference for work in BG-Base). Experience teaching classes.

Licensure: Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Working knowledge of ornamental and native plant material suitable for Northwest Indiana and edible landscapes. Knowledge of garden design, pest management, and pruning techniques. Skill in the safe use of horticultural maintenance equipment. Ability to supervise and work with seasonals, interns, and volunteers, interact with guests and work in a variety of weather conditions.

To apply for this job: Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: wcneinast@taltree.org

Or mail to:

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Attn: Bill Neinast, Director of Field Operations

71 N. 500 W.

Valparaiso, IN 46385

Or fax to:


Attn:  Bill Neinast, Director of Field Operations


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