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Local horticulture jobs are updated weekly.

Seasonal Production Assistant, Oxbow Native Nursery—3/12/19

Seasonal Production Assistant

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is looking for a Seasonal Production Assistant (March-November) to join the Native Plant Nursery Team! Do you have a passion for native plants, botany, horticulture and nursery science? Are you longing for a job that directly impacts the environment and helps sustain our local ecosystems? We’re looking for a detail-oriented, efficient, and responsible team member like YOU!

Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery produces plants for habitat restoration, educational gardens, urban landscapes, and conducts research on native plant propagation using sustainable growing methods. The Seasonal Production Assistant will work with the year-round nursery staff in all aspects of plant production during the 2019 growing season. Please visit out the Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center website for full job details and application instructions.

Nursery Professionals, Todd's Nursery—3/12/19

Nursery Professionals

Todd’s Nursery is looking for highly motivated, team-oriented nursery professionals. A strong knowledge of N.W. plants and good people skills are key to this position. We offer competitive wages, bonus and paid vacation to qualified personnel. We are located in the Puyallup Valley between Sumner and Orting.

Address

11002 S.R. 162 E. (Orting hiway)
Puyallup, WA 98374

Phone

(253) 841-3280

Please feel free to stop by with a resume or email us at Toddsnursery@yahoo.com

Plant Technician, GreenStone Designs—3/4/2019

Plant Technician

GreenStone Designs creates award winning containers in the greater Seattle area. We are seeking Plant Technicians to care for interior and exterior plants for our residential and commercial customers in Seattle and on the Eastside.

This is a year round part time or full time position to begin immediately. The Plant Technician must be self-motivated, detail oriented and comfortable working independently as well as with a team. Wages DOE. We offer benefits, a flexible work schedule and we guarantee a fabulous work environment with many diverse and interesting projects.

Our customers are the most important part of our business and you will play a valuable role in assuring them of that. You will be expected to demonstrate a  pleasant and approachable demeanor and remain friendly and courteous at all times. You must be able to work effectively both individually and in a team with minimal supervision. You will also be expected to make decisions using your own initiative and assume responsibility for your work and for performing tasks correctly.

We are a growing company with an inspiring work environment and people who are fun to work with. If this sounds like the job for you, please send an email and tell us about yourself with a summary of your qualifications to: contactus@greenstoneseattle.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Estate Gardener, Pacific Landscape Management—3/4/2019

Unique Landscaping Opportunities Abound!

Do you have an interest in being part of a high caliber team working on Botanical and Estate Gardens?

Pacific Landscape Management is looking to add dynamic, inspired individuals to our team maintaining and enhancing a variety of private gardens and estates across the Greater Eastside.   Individuals should have a strong horticulture background and/or experience with specialty pruning skills and strong plant identification.

 Pacific Landscape Management, Inc. is a locally-owned provider of high-quality landscape design, installation, maintenance and irrigation services to a wide range of HOA’s, residential, and commercial properties. Started in 1994, 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 a fun place to work with many career opportunities for motivated, hard-working individuals. In addition, we offer:

  • Hourly wages are between $18.00- $23.00 Depending on Experience.
  • Medical and Vision Benefits
  • Paid Holidays for Foreman
  • Paid Time Off for all Employees
  • Training provided
  • Part-time and Full-time positions available.
  • Opportunities for year-round employment for qualified candidates in key roles 

We would love to meet you. Please call us to learn more about becoming PLM Team Member! We look forward to hearing from you! (206) 939-2717

Must be able to pass a background check.

Assistant Farm Manager, NW Bloom—3/4/2019

NW Bloom leases agricultural land in Redmond, WA and is hiring a FT Assistant Farm manager for the 2019 growing season.

Experience on a working farm is critical, knowledge (min. of 2 year working professionally on a farm) with annual and perennial crops, irrigation, livestock management, large and small machine operation and repair. Communication skills (verbal & written) and ability to work with the public is also required. Must be able to work in all conditions outdoor and able to lift 70 lbs regularly. To apply please send letter of interest and resume to info@nwbloom.com Salary DOQ.

15410 NE 124th St, Redmond, WA 98052-2124, United States

Landscape Maintenance, Schafer Specialty Landscape & Design—3/4/2019

Believe it or not, Spring is only a month away and it’s not just the plants that will be growing!

For over 12 years, Schafer Specialty Landscape & Design has held the bar providing Vashon Island residents and businesses professional landscape design and construction, as well as garden maintenance services. Join our team and grow your career in landscaping.

All skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Candidates with prior field experience in landscape maintenance or construction desired. The ideal candidate is a team player with a strong eye for detail and fine craftsmanship, highly motivated to grow and develop their skills and tackle the challenges of a physically-demanding work environment head-on. This full time, year-round position requires a willingness to work in all weather conditions. Competitive wage based on experience, paid vacation time and flexible benefits.

Please apply by sending a resume with references to melissa@schaferspecialty.com.

Beneficial Insect Technician, Sound Horticulture—3/4/2019

Sound Horticulture is Hiring! 

We are looking for talented individuals preferably with nursery  production experience, who may have a backdrop of experience practicing with Integrated Pest Management techniques. Necessary experience would include greenhouse management, working with beneficial insects, and/ or the working with microbial and organic products for pest and disease management.

We are seeking technically inclined individuals with analytic problem solving skills, along with great work ethic, and a strong natural desire for learning new things, and thinking out of the box. We are looking for self motivated, creative thinkers. We are located in Bellingham Washington, and working from our location most likely would be required. Please send your CV or resume and references to Alison@soundhorticulture.com

Seasonal Production Assistant, Oxbow Farm—3/4/2019

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center’s Native Plant Nursey is looking to hire a Seasonal Production Assistant (March-November).

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, located in Carnation, WA, is on a mission to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations. The Center is located on 230 acres of forest and grassland bordering Western Washington’s Snoqualmie River. Our Native Plant Nursery produces plants for habitat restoration, educational gardens, urban landscapes, and conducts research on native

The Seasonal Production Assistant will work with the year-round nursery staff in all aspects of plant production during the 2019 growing season. This position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work efficiently with attention to detail. Additionally, we are looking for an individual with a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship. The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of native plants of the Pacific Northwest.

 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.

Nursery Worker, Go Natives!—3/4/2019

Part-Time Position at Native Plant Nursery

 Go Natives! Nursery is a small family-owned native plant nursery in Shoreline. We are looking for spring part-time staff for Friday and Saturday, to also help with customers. This position may grow into more, but will be limited to 10 hours per week in the spring.

Initial tasks include potting up and labeling plants. After the spring, primary tasks will be watering and addressing our new climate.

Initial hours will be 10 hours a week, starting at $14.50/hr, with raises at intervals of 3 months. Contact Don at gonatives@gmail.com

Candidate should be helpful to customers; have references about their reliability. Skills with POS and recording horticultural information are also important. 

Landscape Crew, The Garden Guy &Co.—3/4/2019

Positions Filled

The Garden Guy & Co. currently has 2 fulltime positions open. We are a small design, build, & seasonal maintenance company based out of Monroe with an organic approach to our gardens. We have been in business since 2003, are a very stable company, and only run one crew with the owner on-site for every job. We have a strong commitment to providing a positive work environment, maintaining good relationships with our clients, and taking care of our employees. 

Most of our work is on the Eastside and Seattle, but occasionally here in the Monroe area, and you always have the option of meeting at the job site. The right person should be reliable and dependable, able to communicate with courtesy to clients and coworkers, and able to take direction.

Here are some of the areas we would like you to have experience in
  • Soil prep and proper plant installation
  • Basic PNW plant identification
  • Prep and installation of paver and block walls
  • Moving large amounts of material safely and efficiently
  • Basic woodworking skills for building decks/fences/garden boxes
  • Basic irrigation installation
  • Familiarity with lighting a plus
  • Maintenance skills - weeding/ edging/ blowing/ pruning. (We do not mow lawns)
  • Ability to use small power equipment/ hand tools safely and efficiently
Here are some of our requirements
  • Must have reliable transportation (not the bus)
  • Can work year-round in any weather – with a good attitude!
  • Reliable in general – with excellent communication
  • Must be on time and follow through with work commitments
  • Ability to speak and understand English
  • Non-smoking/ No drug use
  • General lifting of at least 50 lbs
Benefits
  • Vacation Time/ Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays/ Bonuses
  • Industry Education
  • Year round 4/10 Schedule (Mon-Thurs)
  • Paid Every Week

Wages: $18 - $20 Starting DOE with room to advance Schedule: M-TH w/ a 4/10 work week. No Weekends Employment Type: Fulltime

Please email either your resume or a couple of paragraphs describing your experience and also what skills that would make you a good fit for our company.

Thank you & Gracias

Part-time Gardener, DreamGarden Designs—3/1/19

Part-Time Gardener

DreamGarden Design needs more workers on our team! We are a small residential gardening crew with many happy clients.

Job requirements

  • 2 to 3 days a week with possibility of more in the busy season
  • Must have some basic knowledge of gardening/landscaping such as mulching, weeding, some basic plant knowledge and minor pruning.
  • Must be strong, a hard worker and be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Enthusiasm for gardening and a good attitude are essential!
  • Must be able to get yourself to the job or to crew meeting location.

Compensation

$20.00 an hour + depending on experience.

Apply

Please email Libby Torrance or call:  (206) 949-0667

Landscape Maintenance Foreman, Living Earth Landscapes—3/1/19

Permanent Landscape Maintenance Foreman

Living Earth Landscapes is an established and successful landscaping company with an environmentally friendly focus. Our priorities are a positive work environment, high quality projects and excellent customer service. We offer design, installation and garden maintenance services. In addition to offering our clientele excellent maintenance services, we provide high quality landscape installations including: flagstone, pavers, rock and block walls, irrigation, lighting, drainage, plantings and other garden projects. We have won numerous awards in the landscaping industry and attribute our success to our commitment to teamwork and the passion and talent of our employees.

Living Earth Landscapes is currently seeking a full-time, permanent Landscape Maintenance Foreman. LEL does not offer a lawn mowing service but serves a long-standing maintenance clientele with pruning, plant installation and maintenance services. Experience in Horticulture, Plant identification and pruning is required. We are looking for a hardworking, detail oriented and reliable individual. This position requires past experience as a foreman in charge of quality residential landscapes.

Requirements

The Maintenance Crew Foreman duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication with Clients
  • Employee supervision and training
  • Plant identification and cultivation
  • Pruning (multiple techniques)
  • Soil preparation and mulching
  • Planting and transplanting
  • Irrigation adjustment & repair
  • Some use of power tools
  • General lifting, at least 50lbs
  • Water feature maintenance

WSDL is required.

Compensation

$23-$25 per hour DOE

Apply

If you are detail-oriented, reliable and looking for a long-term career position, then email or call (425) 882-2930 to request an employment application.  

Gardener, Vulcan, Inc.—3/1/19

Gardener, Full time

A high-end private estate in the Seattle area is hiring full-time, year round Landscape Gardener to join the team.

Who you are:

Somebody who enjoys working outdoors and is capable of performing general landscape maintenance. An energetic and enthusiastic individual who is looking to take their skills and passions to the next level with a company that’s committed to help you grow and make a positive difference in the world.

As a member on our team you will…help execute small scale landscaping operations, maintain grounds and landscape gardens on a private residences by:

  • Cutting lawns using various sized power mowers.
  • Trimming and edging using a gas powered edger/trimmer.
  • Operating a gas powered blower.
  • Maintaining/planting trees, shrubs, and perennials, hedges, climbing roses, vines and containers.
  • Grooming paths, removing snow and ice from surrounding buildings and entry gate in winter.
  • Maintaining the property’s appearance and systems to ensure optimal performance and operational efficiency and safety: Includes trash and leaf removal.
  • Physical labor and heavy lifting involved.
  • Weekends required during special events and during water rotation schedule.

You will bring this experience and skillsets…

  • Positive attitude with previous experience working as a landscaper/gardener or as a handyman.
  • Knowledge around how to plant and maintain ornamental trees, flowers, and shrubs. Basiclant identification a plus.
  • Knowledge on how to run landscaping equipment (lawnmower, weed eater, Irrigation etc.).
  • Must possess strong time management skills, ability to work effectively independently as well as a team player.
  • Being able to lift up to 50lbs with assistance.
  • Having good interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively respond to requests and questions from managers, supervisors and co-workers.

 We’re committed to inclusion and equal opportunity.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, disability, political ideology, veteran status, or other protected class.

To apply for this position, please email a resume with the title Gardener in the subject line.

Nursery Staff Member & Stock and Retail Staff, Urban Feed and Garden—2/25/19

Nursery Staff member

Urban Feed and Garden is seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time or seasonal nursery staff member. Duties include but are not limited to, ordering veggies and seeds, ornamental and edible nursery and plant maintenance, helping customers with plant, gardening, and pest management specific questions, stocking plants and garden supplies, unloading plant deliveries. Applicants must have excellent plant knowledge and/or horticultural education and retail sales experience. Experience with plants or landscaping in the PNW also a BIG plus. Customer service is the most important part of our business! Applicants must love working with people.

Requirements

Applicants must be available to work on weekends. Salary determined by experience. We are seeking friendly, upbeat, motivated people who are ready and willing to inspire and be inspired. Applicants must be able to commit to a consistent schedule.

Must haves:
  • Interest in organic gardening, animals, homesteading, plants, chickens and like subjects.
  • A good attitude
  • Experience in retail
  • Ability to be punctual and consistent
  • Must be able to consistently lift and carry 50#

Stock and Retail Staff Member

Urban Feed and Garden is seeking a qualified candidate to join our seasonal retail team.  Duties include but are not limited to,unloading deliveries, restocking merchandise, managing back stock and communicating inventory needs to purchasing managers, keeping the store clean and tidy, helping customers with plant and pet questions, running the register.  Applicants must have retail sales experience be detail oriented and able to multitask. Experience with and knowledge of pet supplies, gardening and houseplants a BIG plus. Customer service is the most important part of our business! Applicants must love working with people.

Requirements

Applicants must be available to work on weekends. Salary determined by experience. We are seeking friendly, upbeat, motivated people who are ready and willing to inspire and be inspired. Applicants must be able to commit to a consistent schedule.

Must haves:
  • Interest in organic gardening, animals, homesteading, plants, chickens and like subjects.
  • A good attitude
  • Experience in retail
  • Ability to be punctual and consistent
  • Must be able to consistently lift and carry 50#

 Please send resumes to Kristi Robertson.

Seasonal Gardener Positions, Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant—2/8/19

Seasonal Gardner Positions

We are now accepting applications for seasonal gardner positions with King county Parks.

Interviews will be held at the Renton community center on March 6th. The season is April 15th through October 15th.

Note: in the supplemental questions, the last one asks which wastewater site you prefer, select Brightwater.

Application and further information at King County Careers.

 

Gray Barn Nursery—1/30/19

Retail Nursery Staff Needed

The Gray Barn Nursery in Redmond is looking for seasonal help for the 2019 season. Our retail staff are responsible for all areas of the nursery including

  • cashier
  • customer service, helping customers select plants, loading purchases, plant identification and disease diagnosis, etc
  • unloading delivery trucks
  • tagging and putting out plants
  • watering, cleaning plants, weeding and overall inside and outside nursery maintenance

Our staff is a small group and needs new employees to adapt quickly, be eager to learn and work well with others. We are looking for full and part time employees who share a love of plants, people and learning.

Applicants should be capable of lifting a minimum of 30 pounds and have some retail experience. Please pick up an application at the nursery or print one at Pacific Topsoils and return it to the Gray Barn Nursery, 20871 Redmond-Fall City Rd, Redmond, WA.

King County Noxious Weed Control Program—1/30/19

Join the team at the King County Noxious Weed Control Program!

The program is recruiting for two positions this month: a full-time Noxious Weed Control Specialist II and a seasonal Education Specialist. The Noxious Weed Control Specialist II position is open through February 3, 2019. The Noxious Weeds Education Specialist position is open through February 10, 2019.

Noxious Weed Control Specialist II

This opening is for one of the program’s eight Regional Weed Specialist positions. The person hired will work with public and private landowners and county residents in a region of the county to achieve noxious weed control goals and priorities of King County and the Washington State Noxious Weed Law. The position is a full-time, career service, year-round, benefit-eligible position. The salary range for the position is $27.09 - $34.34 Hourly. The closing date for applications is February 3, 2019.

Education Specialist position

This position will assist the program's communication specialist to increase the public's awareness and knowledge about noxious weeds and increase engagement in noxious weed control and stewardship activities. The position's primary goal is to deliver outreach, technical assistance and education services equitably to county residents, with particular emphasis on reaching traditionally underserved communities in King County including people who speak languages other than English, people of color, tribal communities and low income residents. It is a career service seasonal position that will work full-time for 7-8 months out of the year, approximately March to October. The position will require some evening and weekend work depending on scheduled events. The salary range for the position is $26.45 - $33.53 Hourly. The closing date for applications is February 10, 2019.

 Apply on the King County Careers Website

Oxbow Farm—1/30/19

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center in Carnation, WA, is recruiting for several Farm Crew and Education Team positions. Be part of Oxbow’s mission to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations!

Seasonal Farm Crew

Join Oxbow’s Farm Crew for the 2019 growing season and be part of an energetic, mission-driven, and collaborative team! Oxbow cultivates 13 acres of mixed vegetable crops on 30 acres of tillable land using agro-ecological principles, and we engage in research to inform conservation agriculture practices. Oxbow is committed to providing educational opportunities to all farm staff. Crew members receive hands on training in all aspects of our diversified production system as well as the option for extracurricular educational experiences. April-November.

 We’re seeking 4 farm crew members who are passionate about sustainable agriculture and are eager to work within all aspects of our farming operation, including: propagation, weed control, harvesting, sales, fertility, irrigation, and much more.

Environmental Education positions

Oxbow Education (“OxEd”) connects children to nature through environmental education programs that build their comfort in the outdoors and provide them with opportunities to learn about the links between agriculture, conservation, and the environment. We are recruiting for several key seasonal positions for the 2019 season, including:

  • Lead Summer Camp Instructor & Seasonal Educator (June-November)
  • Seasonal Educator & Program Liaison (March-November)
  • Summer Camp Instructor (2 positions, June-August)

Applications are due Monday, February 18, 2019 for first consideration

See full job descriptions and apply!

Washington Conservation Corps—1/30/19

Want to gain hands-on environmental skills, improve habitat for fish and wildlife, and build your résumé? Washington Conservation Corps is now recruiting!

Serve outdoors building backcountry and urban trails, planting native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams, removing invasive species, and more! WCC provides on-the-job trainings and career-transferable, professionally taught courses (such as Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Hazwoper).

Gain transferable college credits through a new partnership with Walla Walla Community College. Six months or more with Washington Conservation Corps qualifies as Cooperative Work Experience (internship) credits through WWCC, or you can complete a WWCC class at a WCC training conference.

Requirements: Must be 18-25 years old, with exceptions for recently returned military veterans*. Strong preference is given to Washington state residents. *Age restrictions do not apply to Gulf War era II reservists, dependents, and veterans.

Benefits: Members earn WA State minimum wage (hourly) and receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,960 (scholarship) upon successful completion of 6-month contract (and 900 hours). Educational loan forbearance and health insurance are available.

Apply Online Here!

Gardener (2 positions open), Atelier Vert, Garden Artisans—1/29/19

Gardener, Two Positions Open

Are you passionate about gardening? We are searching for a skilled, experienced gardener to join our wonderful team.

 Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years working as a professional Gardener  
  • Knowledgeable about correct pruning techniques and demonstrated skill 
  • Confident plant identification 
  • Have a dependable, flexible and can-do attitude each day 
  • Certificate of Landscape Horticulture, equivalent work experience or actively working towards a similar degree 

Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Groom garden beds, maintain landscape according to seasonal needs and prune trees and shrubs using correct pruning methods 
  • Ability to prioritize work demands 
  • Valid Driver’s license 

Work recommendations

  • Dependable, flexible, easy-going and can-do attitude.
  • Can comfortably lift 50 lbs.

Atelier Vert is a small company specializing in design and fine gardening maintenance of high-end residential gardens in the Seattle area. We are a small team, we work hard and strive for work/life balance. We offer higher than average wages and benefits.

Hours

Two Available Positions: one @ 25-30 hrs/wk + one part-time (2-3 days/week)

Compensation

Depending on experience.

Please email your resume and a cover letter telling us about yourself.

Heather Lakhal
Atelier Vert, Garden Artisans
(206) 271-4971

Gardener and Lead Gardener, Kelley Garden Service—1/25/19

Gardener

Kelley Garden Service is looking for a Gardener to join our team. We have a passion for gardening and we’re looking for someone who shares an interest and enthusiasm for plants and proper horticultural technique. We’re focused on pruning, planting and fine gardening throughout the Seattle area. We increasingly spend time on pruning projects so a base knowledge in proper pruning technique and willingness to learn and improve is a must. We care about our employees, clients and the gardens we work in.

Required Qualificiations

  • 2+ years of landscaping experience
  • Reliable transportation for travel to job sites
  • Current WA State Drivers License, clean driving record & background check
  • Knowledge and identification of common plants and weeds
  • Knowledge of basic gardening techniques and pruning techniques
  • 3 Industry references

Duties

  • Full time, Monday through Friday: 8-10 hr days, days vary by season
  • Work throughout the greater Seattle area, including Mercer Island and Bellevue
  • Able to regularly lift 50 pounds, occasionally 75+ pounds
  • Weeding, raking, light pruning, debris cleanup, planting and transplanting, general garden maintenance
  • Knowledge and experience working with power tools including mower, string trimmer, blower, power shears, etc

Individual Characteristics

  • Positive, punctual, honest, reliable, hard-working, hustle mentality
  • Able and willing to work in all weather conditions

About the Company

  • Small, independently owned
  • Focus on pruning, planting and garden maintenance
  • We don't use dangerous chemicals or pesticides

Compensation

Pay is $20+ depending on experience

Lead Gardener

Lead Position is available to qualified candidates who show quality of work, leadership, and time management skills.

Required Qualificiations

  • 3+ years of landscaping experience
  • Current WA State Drivers License, clean driving record & background check
  • Reliable transportation for travel to job sites
  • Knowledge and identification of common plants and weeds
  • Knowledge of basic and advanced gardening and pruning techniques
  • 3 Industry references

Duties

  •  Full time, Monday through Friday: 8-10 hr days, days vary by season
  • Work throughout the greater Seattle area, including Mercer Island and Bellevue
  • Assist in managing small (2 person crews), including accurate time management of accounts and quality of crew members
  • Able to manage plantings, identify problems and problem solve in the garden
  • Able to regularly lift 50 pounds, occasionally 75+ pounds
  • Weeding, raking, light pruning, debris cleanup, planting and transplanting, general gardenmaintenance
  • Knowledge and experience working with power tools including mower, string trimmer, blower, power shears, etc
  • Drive company truck and account for company tools

Individual Characteristics

  • Well organized, positive, punctural & interpersonal
  • Honest, reliable, hard-working, hustle mentality
  • Garden management skills including planning and execution
  • Able and willing to work in all weather conditions

About the Company

  • Small, independently owned
  • Focus on pruning, planting and garden maintenance
  • We don't use dangerous chemicals or pesticides

Compensation

Pay is $22+ depending on experience

Email your resume to Keith Kelley  or phone for information: (206) 795-4738

Kelley Garden Service

Director of Farm Production, Carnation Farms—1/25/19

Director of Farm Production

Carnation Farms is a nonprofit organization on a mission to transform the way that America wants to eat. We celebrate delicious and nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner by providing inspirational and educational experiences that positively affect heath, the environment, and local economies.  We develop the next generation of food citizens and grow new farmers.

Job Descriptions

Position Summary

The Director of Farm Production oversees the diverse agricultural production that is central to Carnation Farm’s mission, operations, and sales. S/he is an energetic and ethics-driven individual who is passionately invested in the mission of Carnation Farms. The Director of Farm Production will be a transformational farming leader responsible for advancing our sustainable production farming practices promoting Environmental Health, Economic Profitability, and Social & Economic Equity.  This is a full time, exempt position. The number of hours worked may change according to the season.

Reports to

CEO

Direct Report Team:

Production and Livestock Team, Farm Facilities Team

Provides Direction to:

Farmers in Training during Production and Livestock rotations

Responsibility Duties

Transformational Farming Leader
  • Leader
    • Play a collaborative role on the Leadership Team of Carnation Farms
    • Partner with the Leadership Team to determine progressive and responsible improvements to our land stewardship and production practices
    • Represent Carnation Farms to the public as the leader of the agricultural production team
  • Farmer
    • Advance environmental health at Carnation Farms and the broader watershed
      • Maintain Organic Certification, including oversight of the annual application and inspection cycle
      • Build soil health in all production areas
      • Increase biodiversity and enhance wildlife habitat across the farm
      • Steward natural resources across the farm, including supervision of the team responsible for wastewater treatment and potable water
      • Partner with Director of Sustainable Agriculture Education to fulfill environmental obligations with third parties/agencies
      • Partner with Director of Sustainable Agriculture Education on transition of R&D and Trial crops into production planning and schedule for future seasons
    • Create the economic profitability model for agricultural production at Carnation Farms, responsible for:
      • Planning
      • Process
      • Quality
      • Results
    • Ensure social & economic equity at Carnation Farms and across rural King County through:
      • Equitable working conditions
      • Living wages
 Agricultural Production Execution
  • Lead agricultural production
    • Design and oversee agricultural production such that Carnation Farms has the quality, variety, and volume of produce and livestock needed to support internal and external demand
    • Ensure farming operations and practices meet health, safety, and environmental standards and regulations, including food safety programs
    • Deliver a compassionate and responsible livestock system throughout production, care, and harvest
    • Keep meticulous records to track effectiveness and adjust plans as necessary
  • Direct agricultural production team
    • Hire, organize, direct, and instruct agricultural production team members in activities such as planting, irrigation, harvesting, washing, and packing
    • Practice highly effective communication and people management skills
  • Safeguard infrastructure
    • Operate farm equipment and assist with servicing, ensure that all vehicles are well-maintained and safe for employee use
    • Inspect farm buildings and equipment, such as water pipes, hoses, fences, and animal shelters, making sure routine maintenance is carried out and repairs made when necessary
    • Make careful purchasing decisions with regards with farm machinery and supplies
 Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
  • 5+ years managing agriculture as a sustainable business, non-profit experience a plus
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in agricultural business, food science, animal or poultry science preferred
  • Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including washing, packing, and storage techniques
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and coordination of people
  • Awareness of environmental legislation, policies, and principles relevant to agriculture
  • Ability to work collaboratively across the organization and effectively communicate key data to Carnation Farms staff, senior management, Board, and other stakeholders
  • Customer-oriented, positive attitude
Licenses and Certifications
  • Valid, current driver’s license with clean record
  • Pass background check

Email cover letter and resume to Becky Venable, Administration Manager.

Arborist/Pruning Specialist, Lonnson Arbor Care—1/25/19

Arborist/Pruning Specialist—Full Time

Local business needing arborist. Must have experience in in both climbing and pruning a diverse array of trees/shrubs. Competitive salary. Full-time. A great opportunity for those wanting to learn arboriculture.

Requirements

  • Pruning and climbing

Lonnson Arbor Care, Mill Creek: (425) 891-1741

Gardener, Part-Time, Harpscapes Gardening, LLC—1/25/19

Part Time Gardener /Eastside

I am seeking a part time gardener to join my small garden maintenance team. We take care of beautiful residential gardens on the Eastside, mostly in Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. The work involves planting and caring for containers and regular, ongoing garden maintenance (pruning, deadheading, raking, weeding, mulching, etc.) Occasional design and plant installation may also be part of the job.

Some basic knowledge of plants and pruning methods would be helpful. A degree from a horticulture program would be idéal but not necessary. Just as important are a positive attitude, reliability,  attention to détail, willingness to learn,  and ability to interact responsibly with others and  clients.

You will be working with at least one other gardener familiar with the gardens and occasionally you may be working on your own. You should have your own reliable vehicle with valid drivers license, a good pair of pruners and be willing and able to work in all weather.

Hours are flexible.  I will work with you to establish the right number of hours and a schedule that works best for you and the business.  Starting pay depends on your experience and credentials but is competitive.

If this sounds like a good fit for you please email your resume or qualifying information about yourself and your experience level or contact me directly at: (425) 445-7819

Susan Harp
HarpScapes Gardening LLC

Farm Manager, Equilibrium Farms—1/25/19

Farm Manager, Full Time

Equilibrium Farms is looking for an energetic, hardworking, experienced Farm Manager to join our team. We grow diversified vegetables on our 2+ acre, organic farm in Redmond, WA (15 miles from Seattle). Our operation includes 40+ fruit trees (apples, plums, pears, walnuts), ~150 100’ permanent vegetable beds, ~9000 square feet of greenhouse space. We also have an onfarm outdoor kitchen and community gathering space where we host farm-to-table dinners and events. We are driven by market gardening principles, utilizing human-scale tactics and keeping a light footprint, as we produce a large quantity of quality produce on small acreage, using ecologically sound practices.

Under the direction of the Farm Director, the Farm Manager will oversee all aspects of implementing the farm plan from field prep to postharvest handling. This person will eventually be in charge of crew training and management, leading a crew of 46 people in executing each job efficiently and with attention to detail.

The ideal candidate will share our fervent passion for growing the best tasting food in a way that is good for the land. They will also have a desire to keep growing their farming knowledge and skills. Good communication and leadership skills are essential as the position requires daily collaboration with the entire crew at Ecolibrium, from intern to owner to culinary director. Accordingly, the Farm Manager must be able to both take and give directions. Due to the seasonal nature of vegetable production, the Farm Manager must be willing and able to work long and irregular hours during peak season as the needs of the farm dictate. Applicants must be available on weekends, when necessary, and should not plan extended vacation time during the primary growing season (April 15—October 15). Wintertime hours are much reduced and extended time off for holiday travel (Nov 15—Jan 1) is possible.

This is a fulltime, salaried position. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience. Perks include free produce from the farm, access to comped Ecolibrium culinary events, and offseason paid time off. We're committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply. The position starts as soon as position is filled.

Skills/competencies required

  • At least three year’s work experience on diversified, vegetable farms
  • At least one year in a leadership/management position
  • Desire and passion for working outside, with seasonally heavy work loads and public interaction
  • Ability to lift 50+ lbs and work long hours in all types of weather conditions.
  • Educate volunteers and clients about the value of local food systems
  • Represent the values of the company while interacting with anyone on site
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm for sustainable food production.
  • Fluent in advanced market gardening techniques and uptodate on cutting edge small farm practices as practiced by JM Fortier, Curtis Stone, Ben Hartman, Conor Crickmore and/or Eliot Coleman
  • Experience Implementing a Field Plan
  • Experience scheduling bed prep, weeding, harvesting and setting up irrigation (overhead and drip) systems
  • Organic disease and pest management
  • Familiarity with the Pacific NW climate and unique growing challenges
  • Clean driving record, valid driver’s license and ability to drive large passenger van/box truck
  • Familiarity with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards
  • Experience with record keeping for organic certification.
  • Experience with greenhouse construction and maintenance
  • Experience with fourseason greenhouse management

Knowledge of how to safely use

  • Small machines (020HP), BCS 749/853
    • Implements include: rotary plow, power harrow, flail mower
    • DR brush cutter
    • Weed whacker
    • DR string trimmer
    • Flame weeder
  • Large machines
    • Tractor
    • Implements include: mower, chisel plow, rototiller
    • E350 cargo van
    • Golf cart
    • utility vehicle (Gator/Kubota)
    • Excavators, bobcats preferred skill
  • Maintenance of above machines preferred skill
  • Experience with general carpentry
  • Welding preferred skill
  • Fluency or familiarity with the following software:
    • Google Suite, Microsoft Office, DropBox, Square, Tend

Adaptability

  • Ability to be flexible when changes occur.
  • Able to anticipate and and bring about change when needed.
  • Ability to identify potential problems, make decisions and recommend viable solutions
  • Assertive personality, able to make tough decisions regarding efficiency on the farm
  • Drive for Results/Resource ManagementIdentifies new ways to improve quality and productivity. Uses available resources efficiently (e.g., time, materials, equipment).

Working directly with the Farm Director, Tasks include:

  • Develop Crop plan
  • Seed ordering, crop locations, dates of planting/harvest
  • Knowledge of crop rotations
  • Daily, weekly, monthly work flow
  • Oversee field operations
  • Manage 4season greenhouse, propagation greenhouse and field
  • Manage cover crops to maintain soil fertility.
  • Maintaining/mowing unplanted areas around production field
  • Design and implement irrigation for fields, orchards, greenhouses and wash/pack, as needed
  • Including PVC piping, drip tape, sprinklers, misters
  • Planning, installation and maintenance of drip irrigation systems
  • Project manage
  • Leading a crew of 4+ people
  • Manage farm staff
    • Lead daily, morning checkins
    • Train seasonal farm staff
    • Maintain positive attitude and team cohesion amongst the field crew
    • Motivate crew to accomplish timesensitive tasks and maintain efficiency
  • Oversee data collection to improve farm operations and meet organic certification needs
  • Create logs (i.e. greenhouse, seeding/transplanting,bed prep, harvest) with attention to detail and meticulous record keeping
  • Help develop crop manual
  • To allow for ease of training as staff expands and develop standard operating procedures

To apply, please email your cover letter and resumé. Make sure to mention any applicable skills or experience. If you are unsure about whether or not you are qualified, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email with questions or concerns.

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.

 Garden Intern, Pheasant Ridge—3/12/19

Garden Intern

The 2.5 acre woodland garden at Pheasant Ridge in Lake Forest Park needs an intern this summer.

I will pay $18 per hour for approx. 6-8 hours per week of weeding, pruning, deadheading, composting, grooming, mulching and propagating.  No lawn!  We have mixed borders in woodland with both native plants and ornamentals, some rare. You can do this work in two or more sessions per week on your schedule.  As a former Master Gardener and current Kruckeberg Docent, I have a lot to teach you about practical gardening in the Northwest.  I practice I.P.M. and this is a wildlife habitat garden.

Call me at (206) 364-9263 or email pauw-barden@comcast.net to discuss my project needs.

Carolyn Pauw Barden

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden—1/30/19

The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (RSBG) Internship Program is designed to provide practical hands-on experience in the following areas of interest: garden maintenance & renovation, propagation, nursery management, and retail nursery management.

Botanical Garden & Nursery Internship

One full-time position available in 2019 for up to 6 months –Beginning in early Spring 2019 (Feb. / Mar.) with possible opportunities for extension into the following spring. Schedule to be negotiated. Some weekend work required.

Wages: $12.00/hour

Garden Management: Learn how to care for a world-class botanical garden, including proper pruning and planting techniques, landscape design, weed control, renovation, irrigation, and plant identification.

Nursery Management: Gain valuable experience in the operation and maintenance of a highly specialized nursery with emphasis on propagation techniques. Learn propagation methods including grafting, cuttings, seed sowing and hand pollination as well as greenhouse operation, transplanting, inventory control, data entry and plant identification. Detail oriented and mechanical ability or aptitude helpful.

Retail Management Internship (may be combined with the botanical garden intern position)

One 8-week position available Spring 2019 Part-time (24 hours/week – Schedule can be negotiated; however, applicant must be available to work weekends through the spring. Wages: $12.00/hour

Learn how to manage the RSBG Plant Sales Pavilion including pricing, displaying plant material, maintaining and stocking sales facility, creating labels and signage, supervising volunteer assistants and customer service. Enthusiastic self-starter sought.

General Information

The RSBG is a 22 acre garden featuring one of the largest collections of Rhododendron species in the world. At least 700 species are displayed in a natural woodland setting. Additional plant collections include ferns, maples, bamboo and alpines. Special features include the Rutherford Conservatory, Victorian Stumpery, the Alpine Garden, Pond Garden, Hardy Fern display garden and Meconopsis Meadow. The garden is located in Federal Way near I-5 and Highway 18. The garden is supported by the Rhododendron Species Foundation (RSF), an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the study, cultivation, display and distribution of Rhododendron species. The RSF is internationally recognized as a leader in Rhododendron conservation.

The above two internships could possibly be combined.

To Apply

Please send your resume along with your completed job application form to:

RSBG Attn: Steve PO Box 3798 Federal Way, WA  98063-3798

Or you may submit your documents by email to Steve@rhodygarden.org

If you have questions, you may call Steve at 253-838-4646 x. 101

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.