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Local horticulture jobs are updated weekly.

Landscape Maintenance Special Project Team Leader, Nussbaum Group—January 10, 2019

Landscape Maintenance Special Project Team Leader, Nussbaum Group

We are looking for an experienced, hard-working leader to help manage and work with our landscape maintenance teams caring for the most exceptional landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. Strong leadership and a collaborative teamwork approach is critical to the success of this position.

This is a full-time position. We are as committed to the growth of our employees as we are to the landscapes we build. We offer a full suite of competitive benefits which are outlined below.

Responsibilities

  • Makes projects run smoothly by consistently managing and implementing directed activities and MTMs for all site’s special projects.
  • Sees each project with clear direction and strategy, focusing on what tasks must be accomplished.
  • Focuses on the project task list, but sees the site with fresh eyes, reporting and addressing any unforeseen issues, while working to complete the project on time and within budget.
  • Builds the wealth of knowledge about each landscape by reporting back to the Maintenance Project Manager daily.
  • Will be ready and available to run a route in the absence of another lead.
  • Owns their proactive actions and presents a positive, and knowledgeable, first point of contact to team members and clients.
  • Collaborates closely with all members of the maintenance team.

Qualifications

  • 3 years of experience as a landscape professional. A landscape related degree a plus.
  • 2 years of experience leading teams.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. English and Spanish speaking a plus.
  • Committed to Organic Maintenance practices.
  • Good physical condition and endurance; able to lift 40lbs and work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Valid WA driver license.

Benefits

  • Paid Vacation, Holidays and Sick leave
  • Fantastic Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Simple IRA for Retirement Savings
  • Company Cell Phone and tablet
  • Training

Please note: Any offer of employment will be dependent upon the ability to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.; and to pass both a background check and drug test.

To apply

Email

Call (206) 545-0111 today!

Visit Nussbaun Group website for a full listing of job opportunities.

Communications Specialist, NW Bloom—12/13/18

Communications Specialist

NW Bloom is a multifaceted organization which needs a team member that can be responsible for the correspondence and communication to the public as well as internally with our clients and crews. The ideal candidate would have excellent communication and organizational skills, proven ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.

Responsibilities would include online marketing efforts including website updates and social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email marketing, Mailchimp, analytic reports.  Content management and research experience a plus. Must be self-motivated, yet work well in a team atmosphere. Skills/Qualifications: Microsoft Office Software, social media experience with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp, Facebook Ads, and basic WordPress skills. Environmental and social justice experience a plus. This is a PT position with flexible schedule. Salary DOQ.

Apply on the NW Bloom website

Earth Steward Crew, NW Bloom—12/13/18

Earth Steward Crew

Our versatile earth stewarding crew works on a variety of projects ranging from sustainable construction projects which may include stormwater management to permaculture installations to masonry, as well as farm work which could include nursery operations, land management, animal husbandry and food production. Every day is unique and requires the ability to be present, focused and have a good work ethic- in all weather conditions, whether alone or in a team.  Good physical health and strength is a requirement, as the job is demanding in that capacity. Other requirements include WA drivers license and good driving record.

Any experience in construction trades is helpful and knowledge in horticulture, professional permaculture or sustainable agriculture trades a plus. Salary DOQ.

Apply on the NW Bloom website

Heronswood Gardener II,  Port Gamble Sklallam Tribe—12/13/18

Heronswood Gardener III

Entity: Foundation
Supervisor’s Title: Heronswood Curator/Assistant Director
Average Hours Per Week: 40
Date of Creation: December 2018

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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Disclaimer

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.

Apply on the Port Gamble S'klallam tribe website

Estate Gardener, Pacific Landscape Management—12/6/18

Estate Gardener

Pacific Landscape Management is a locally-owned provider of high quality landscape design, installation, maintenance and irrigation to a wide range of HOA’s, residential, and commercial properties.  Started in 1992, we have grown to become a regional leader in the Pacific Northwest by building a team of great people who deliver the utmost in trust, competence, and customer service.  We offer many career opportunities for motivated, hard-working individuals.

We are currently seeking an individual to join a team of landscape maintenance personnel executing high-end residential and estate garden maintenance. This role will primarily be to assist in routine maintenance activities. However, the right candidate for this position will have a comprehensive understanding of correct horticultural practice as to implement proper pruning techniques, lawn care, and ornamental plant maintenance in very unique and elaborately landscaped gardens. This position will be rewarding, have excellent training and mentorship, and great potential for advancement.

Applicant must meet the following requirements for consideration:

  • 2-3 years of experience and/or possess (or currently completing) a landscape/ornamental horticulture degree or certifications.
  • Must be able to follow very detailed directions and work under strict guidelines and timelines
  • Ability to lead others and to delegate tasks
  • Conscientious and professional demeanor when interacting with coworkers, clients, and the community
  • Common PNW plant identification
  • Pruning techniques for plants growing in the PNW
  • Natural/selective pruning techniques are a requirement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Japanese Maple, bonsai, or other specimen plantings is a plus
  • Proper planting, soil building, mulching, and watering techniques
  • Must be able to prioritize work on site and work with various service teams and subcontractors toward a common goal
  • Must be able to see and identify problems on the property and communicate problems to supervisor (i.e. plants in distress, non-functioning irrigation, lighting issues)
  • Knowledge and use of mowers and 2-cycle equipment
  • Ability to articulate ideas well, use a computer and cell phone as needed
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs or more repeatedly
  • Must have a positive and upbeat personality
  • Must speak English (bilingual is a plus)
  • Valid WA driver’s license, clean record, and ability to pass a background check

Pay Rate: $20+ depending on experience/education

Benefits: paid vacation, continuing education, and medical

Please submit resume and cover letter highlighting your experiences involved in the maintenance of high-end gardens and/or education in the field of plant care to:

Pacific Landscape Management
Email: Admin@paclandman.com
(425) 885-2905

Nursery Production Technician, Oxbow Farm—12/3/18

Nursery Production Technician

The Nursery Production Technician will assist the nursery management team in all aspects of native plant production throughout the year. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work quickly with attention to detail, a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship, and an enthusiasm for native plants and their production.

The ideal candidate will have practical plant propagation/production experience, strong comprehension of plant physiology and the unique challenges of native plant propagation, familiarity with plant ID and nomenclature. They also will be a creative problem solver with the ability to develop or seek out innovative approaches and ideas. The Oxbow Native Plant Nursery is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical to the role.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying we encourage you to check out our website for full job details and application instructions..

Crew, Tree Climber, Renaissance Tree Care—11/27/18

Ground Crew and Tree Climber Positions

Renaissance Tree Care is currently looking for a qualified individual to become a member of our tree care team. We are a small family owned business who have been servicing the greater Seattle and surrounding areas since 1995. This position offers competitive hourly wages based on skill level and experience; with regular opportunities for increases and skill growth provided by the company. Work is completed Monday through
Wednesday, 7:30am to 3:30pm - with the occasional opportunity for overtime.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrate physical fitness: climbing, med/heavy lifting and endurance.
  • Be comfortable with climbing ladders not exceeding 10’.
  • Possess professional communication skills and an ability to be a team player.
  • Attention to detail and a willingness to learn/receive feedback.
  • A valid driver’s license and current DMV record.
  • Strong written and verbal English skills.

Desired Qualifications

All applicants must possess the following skills in some capacity. Renaissance Tree Care is willing to work and invest in individuals to strengthen certain core skills an applicant might be weaker in.

  • Working knowledge of knots, ropes and the usage of both. (RTC can provide training)
  • Utilization of all appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and company/state safety rules and
    policies.
  • Safe and knowledgeable operation and maintenance of trimmers, power tools and heavy
    equipment/machinery (chainsaws, chippers, trucks, etc).
  • Some level of familiarity with native tree and shrub identification, growth habit and care.
  • An interest and appreciation for the unique natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

PLEASE NOTE: 90% of the work related to this job is done outdoors; all year long and in all weather conditions that do not pose a safety risk. Employees are expected to provide their own clothing and weather gear to allow them to function in a variety of weather conditions and arrive to work prepared for that day’s challenges.

Renaissance Tree Care will provide all additional equipment required to complete work.
This position is great for current or recently graduated environmental studies students, current industry professionals looking for additional work or a chance to lay the groundwork for a career in aborial sciences.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to chris@rentreecare.net

Floral Clerk, Metropolitan Market—11/27/18

Floral Clerk Metropolitan Market, Kirkland

Here We Grow Again! Do you have a passion for floral design and legendary customer service? If so, then come and work in a rewarding environment with the best selection of flowers in town! Metropolitan Market is a progressive, upscale grocery-retailer and one of the best places to work in the Pacific Northwest. We provide outstanding employment opportunities in a healthy and rewarding environment. We are a company recognized within our industry for approaching our business with freshness and quality. We are seeking passionate floral designers to join our team. If you possess a strong work ethic, extensive product knowledge, and love to interact with people, then come and join our team!

To be a qualified applicant, you must have the following: 

  • Minimum one year floral experience strongly preferred.
  • Proven success as a team member; demonstrates an exceptional work ethic.
  • Demonstrates a high-level of self-motivation; takes initiative.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to positively affect sales generation.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule.

To Apply

  1. Go to metropolitan-market.com
  2. Select the Careers section
  3. Fill-out a general application and create a profile
  4. Search our open floral positions and apply
Assistant Manager  IFA Nurseries—11/27/18

Assistant Manager of IFA Canby Bareroot Nursery

Job Summary

As assistant manager of IFA Nurseries Canby bareroot facility you will be one-half of the management team responsible for growing high-quality conifer seedlings that are essential in sustainably regenerating Oregon’s forests. This position offers the opportunity to develop leadership skills though managing transplanting and packing crews while working towards propagating high quality seedlings for our customers. Be a part of a team that seeks to drive our industry forward through innovative thinking and the consistent production of high-quality conifer seedlings.

Job Functions

  • Transplanting. Manage seasonal transplanting crews to ensure the proper planting of seedlings; this is accomplished by providing training about proper planting technique, supervising transplanters, crews, and tractors, and ensuring all iPad data is entered properly.
  • Growing. Participate in daily crop-walks with the manager to identify issues and monitor the well-being of the crop. Fertilization and pest control are essential in producing high quality seedlings; work with the manager in developing spray programs and ensure their successful execution.
  • Farming. Work with the crew to develop plans on working the ground and all farm work needed for seedling beds, cover crops, and fumigation.
  • Extraction. Manage seasonal extraction crew such that all packed seedlings meet our quality standards. Ensure all records and paperwork are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Client Relations. Tour customers around the nursery with the manager; be able to communicate with customers about their site-specific seedling needs and explain our protocols and practices confidently and concisely.
  • Implement Safety, Quality Assurance, and Training Programs. Plan and execute monthly safety meetings, quarterly safety walk-throughs, and ensure our employees are working in a safe environment.

Qualifications

  • Technical and practical knowledge of growing seedlings, basic farming, plant nutrition, pest and disease management
  • Strong communication skills and innovative thinking
  • Possess or be able to obtain a pesticide and chemical applicator’s license
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Competent computer skills

Benefits and Wage

  • Highly competitive annual salary matching your experience and ability
  • Paid cell phone
  • Paid time off
  • 401K with company match
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Moving compensation

To apply please send a resume to Tcushman@ifanurseries.com

 

Horticulture Internships

Internships offer valuable experience in a variety of fields. Updated weekly.

Internship, Eshraghi Nursery—January 10, 2019

Eshraghi Nursery is a grower of woody ornamentals, specializing in Japanese maples and grafted conifers.  We produce both container and field grown material on 300 acres in Hillsboro, Oregon.  We are now offering paid work experience from June to August for students studying agriculture, horticulture or related fields.  Our college internship provides hands-on work experience in all areas of nursery production.  Work will rotate through all aspects of the nursery: field work (staking and weeding), Shipping, Propagation and Sales (data entry).

 

Please send cover letter and resume via email or mail to the following:

Eshraghi Nursery, LLC

26985 SW Farmington Rd.

Hillsboro, OR. 97123

503-628-8685 office

503-628-1426 fax

arojas@eshraghinursery.com

2019 Heronswood Garden Internship, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe—12/14/18

Heronswood Garden Horticultural Internship Program Summer 2019

The Heronswood Garden Horticultural Internships provide candidates the opportunity to expand their horticultural and plant identification knowledge, improve their gardening skills and use of horticultural tools and equipment, and develop their professional network. Interns work under the direction of Garden Director Dan Hinkley and alongside highly experienced professional gardeners in a working botanical garden.

The Heronswood Internship Program originally began in 1993. Heronswood Garden Interns have gone on to hold positions of prominence across the United States.

Now under the ownership of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the management of the tribe’s Foundation, the Internship Program was re-launched in 2015.  Internships run a minimum of three months, include free accommodations at the Garden, and the compensation reflects Washington State minimum wage. We will work with a candidate’s school calendar as needed.

Applicants must be able to do physical labor outdoors, possess a valid driver's license, and be available to work the full term of their internship, including regular weekend shifts. Hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday. After hours academic research is a required component of the program.

Work activities include:

  • General maintenance; weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and trail upkeep.
  • Stewardship of a specific garden area, including development of plant palettes (with some supervision) and planting design for these areas.
  • Soil preparation; planting and transplanting. Mulching.
  • Comprehending the Heronswood Garden plant inventory system and aiding in verification and updating of the garden database.
  • Assistance with public Garden Open events on an ‘as assigned’ basis.
  • Assistance with volunteers on Weed, Walk & Talk events and other garden volunteer activities.
  • Propagation and potting on a limited basis. 
  • Willingness to work independently and with a team, in adverse weather conditions, and regular weekend hours. Able to life 50 lbs.

 Research and expansion of plant knowledge: 

  • Weekly plant identification and research assignments to build the Intern’s knowledge of taxonomy and key identifying characteristics of the plants. 
  • May include assignment to an area of the garden to develop an intimate knowledge of it, and to assist the staff in reworking the bed’s design for the betterment of the garden. 

 

Application Instructions 

To receive an internship application, contact Nathan Lamb at nlamb@pgst.nsn.us

For more information, go to the American Public Gardens Association website.