Horticulture Jobs & Internships

Current Job Openings

Maintenance Lead

Shooting Star Gardens is a small woman-owned organic garden design, installation, and maintenance company.  We focus on native and edible intimate gardens, water catchment, and building habitat for pollinators. And we are looking to hire another hard-working plant nerd to join our team! We have a wonderful, long-term client-base and are quickly expanding. We are looking for a motivated and independent individual to lead our expanding maintenance team. The maintenance lead will be in charge of setting a strong example and managing clients and staff members,  keeping tasks up to date, and consistently defining what resources they need to help them succeed. We highly value good problem solving and resourcefulness, flexibility in and changing schedules.  We expect this position to be about 80% fieldwork and 20% administrative.

Responsibilities

Project/Team management--Communicate with team-members to make sure everyone knows what they are doing for the day/week and where they are going. We expect the maintenance lead to communicate with team members before each day, and after the days have wrapped up to get everyone ready and plan for the following days.

  • Manage crews on-site. Put notes in the calendar, arrive before team members get there in the morning, take notes at the end of the day.
  • Make sure team members have all the tools they need for the day, and that they know how to properly clean and put away tools at the end of the day.

Maintenance Scheduling

Maintenance lead will be in charge of getting new maintenance clients on the calendar, routinely checking to make sure no clients are being neglected/scheduled too often, check in to suggest maintenance projects (mulching, removing dead plants, more extensive pruning projects), manage changes/cancellations, re-arrange schedules when necessary. Maintenance lead will be in charge of communicating all changes to clients and SSG team (longer visits for special tasks, changes in client needs, budget/time restrictions, etc).

Client communication

Use Shooting Star email to communicate with maintenance clients about upcoming appointments, future needs, check-ins, questions, etc. Relevant emails will be forwarded on to you, and we expect you to set aside time each day to answer relevant emails and take initiative on checking-in with clients as-needed.

Plant lists

Manage requested plant replacements for maintenance clients. This will often include making short plant lists to review with clients and SSG management team, and then making sure plants get purchased before maintenance visits.

Documenting notes

Maintenance lead is in charge of keeping all notes and records of maintenance jobs. This includes documenting on-site work as it is done, and notes for future visits. This also includes documenting relevant expenses, etc. and communicating with staff to make sure expenses are recorded in invoices.

Maintenance walk-throughs

For all new maintenance clients, we would like you to do a 20-min consultation (take pictures and notes to come up with notes for future visits, timeline, and budget quotes). See below.

Quotes

Specifically for new maintenance clients. Maintenance lead will be in charge of drafting and sending out quotes to maintenance clients. We will hold your hand during this process initially, and while you get a sense of how long projects will take. Eventually, we would love for you to take this on independently.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of plants and maintenance tasks

Maintenance lead must have a strong base-knowledge of seasonal maintenance tasks, plant identification, general IPM, and best organic practices. Ability to identify common perennial and annual weeds, common landscape plants for the PNW region, and knowledge of selective naturalistic pruning.

Comfortable leading crews

The maintenance lead needs to have the ability to lead crew members. Give instructions when needed, keep everyone on track, etc.

Time management

Time management is very important in this industry, as it determines our budget and the budget of the client. Maintenance lead is responsible for keeping everyone on track, communicating timing to clients, and keeping track of hours.

Clear communication

While I (SA) will be your direct supervisor, you will be working very closely with Project Manager on most projects on staffing needs, scheduling, etc. It will be your responsibility to make sure everyone is in-the-know and on the same page with all maintenance jobs.

Time Management

Identify how much time is needed for each project and monitor effectively to stay on track. AS soon as you see a job is going over its allotted time, communicate with the supervisor. Since you will be in charge of Bidding for new maintenance clients, tracking time is a very important part of this.

Ownership and Responsibility

There is a fair amount of problem solving and leadership in this position and we ask that the Maintenance lead be someone who is responsible and will trustfully take ownership of all things maintenance-related.

We are a small company that is working on expanding. Because of this, we ask that every team member have some flexibility in their daily tasks and be open to changes and other tasks as assigned.

This job starts at $20 an hour with vacation and health insurance as defined in PTO document. A valid Washington State Driver's License in good standing is required.

For more information and to apply contact sallyanne@shootingstargardens.com

Landscaping/Gardening

Kemper Iversen Limited. We are a well established high end residential design/build firm looking for an enthusiastic individual with a passion for plants to join our team.

You should have skills in garden and plant care, container and border planting as well as some landscape construction.

This is a full time position for someone who prefers working outdoors in all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer.  We work closely with our clients, so good communication skills are a must as well as a valid drivers license.

We offer a full medical/dental/vision package, as well as paid holidays, vacation and sick time and a Simple Ira plan.

$18-20/hour, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 pm. 

To apply contact Lisa Hooglund

lhooglund@kemperiversenltd.com

(206) 329-6633

Garden Design/Install

Earth Healer LLC is a  small garden design/landscaping company in Shoreline WA.  Looking for someone to help with garden design, plant selection and installation, and some maintenance for a 16-20 hour a week position to start at $30 an hour.  A current Washington state driver's license would be required.  I have several longer term contracts to revamp entire landscapes as well as regular clients where we do ongoing re-design of their garden spaces, some hardscape installation, and maintenance (particularly of plants we have installed).

Karen Benson, Owner and Manager, Earth Healer LLC

(206) 396-5942

earthhealerllc@gmail.com

Counter Sales

Competitive Pay, Spanish speaker friendly, Year-round employment

Puget sound plants is the leading wholesale plant grower in Washington with 5 growing locations and 2 sales locations. We have been in business for nearly 40 years and pride ourselves on providing an open and enriching work environment. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who can thrive in a fast-paced work environment.

Responsibilities

  • Answering Phones
  • Front Facing Customer Service
  • Entering Orders
  • Preparing quotes and offering plant suggestions to customers

Job Requirements

  • Plant Knowledge
  • Prompt, detail orientated and dependable
  • Familiar and comfortable with computers, inventory systems and communication software.
  • Positive attitude and an ability to maintain a good working relationship with customers and
    coworkers

Preferred

  • 1-2 years nursery or landscape industry experience
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English)
    After 90 days you become eligible for the following benefits
  • Sick leave and Holiday Pay
  • High-value health insurance
  • Retirement plan

Please apply in person between 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email your resume to Joe@psplants.com. Nursery Location 9615 192nd Street SE Snohomish, WA 98296.

Part-Time Gardening Technician

HarpScapes Gardening is seeking a part-time gardener to join our small garden maintenance team and help care for lovely residential gardens in the Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond areas. Our work involves ornamental pruning, deadheading, raking, weeding, mulching and planting. We also design and maintaining gorgeous seasonal and year-round containers. We don’t do lawns or edging.

For this job a horticulture background, basic knowledge of plants and pruning, and/or current enrollment in horticulture classes would be ideal but is not necessary. Just as importantly is your positive attitude, reliability, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and ability to interact responsibly with our team and clients. On the job training will be provided.

We generally work at several gardens each day. We like to start early and end early though start and finish times may vary with the seasons. Hours per week range from 10 to up to 30 (2-5 days per week) depending on time of year… if you have limited availability but are still intersted in this job I will work with you to establish a schedule that works best for you.

Other requirements : your own vehicle with valid drivers license, a good pair of pruners and willing and able to work in all weather.

Base starting pay is $18.50/hr (more with experience) with opportunities for increases at 6 months and a year.

If you have flexibility in your schedule and this sounds like a good fit for you please send your resume or qualifying information about yourself and your experience level to spharp@hotmail.com or contact me directly at (425) 445-7819

Susan Harp, HarpScapes Gardening LLC

Exterior Plant Technician

Greenstone Designs. This is a seasonal position to start in April and end in late October with the possibility of becoming a permanent position. The Exterior Plant Technician’s primary responsibility is to perform exterior horticultural maintenance at our client’s locations. This includes, but is not limited to; soil prep, planting, watering, grooming, pruning, plant cleaning and identifying pests and /or disease .

Our Expectations

  • Exterior plant maintenance experience preferred, but not required for the right
    candidate.
  • Knowledge of common exterior plant material typically used in this region’s
    container designs.
  • Curiosity - interested and willing to learn.
  • Water plants appropriately using hose spigots with irrigation key and/or water
    tanks as a water source.
  • Attention to detail; must be aware of drainage, accumulated water, foot traffic,
    surface staining, etc..
  • Responsible for consistent, technically correct plant grooming, using sterilized
    pruners or scissors.
  • Ability to recognize when to pinch/remove spent/dead flowers or foliage and
    understand how this action affects plant health and aesthetic beauty.
  • Responsible for cleanliness of plant containers and the surrounding area.
    Removing all garbage and plant debris, regardless of the cause.
  • Be part of the solution. Ability to recognize and solve problems with minimal
    direction.
  • Sound decision making, demonstrating initiative and accountability.
  • Must be comfortable working independently, as well as with a team, with
    minimal supervision.
  • Familiarity with technology; taking pictures, uploading, and data entry for weekly
    electronic reporting.
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach instead of reactive. Understanding the “big
    picture” and performing accordingly.
  • Timely reporting of challenges, issues, problems to supervisor.
  • Reliable transportation and comfortable navigating areas including downtown
    Seattle and the Eastside.
  • Willingness to work in all exterior environmental conditions.
  • Accessibility. Reliable electronic communication; text, email and phone and
    regular monitoring to stay current and respond timely when warranted.
  • Patience.
  • Tenacity.
  • Excellent time management and strong organizational skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Flexible and adapts to change easily.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical and other Requirements

  • Frequent standing, walking, reaching, pushing, pulling and lifting up to 50
    pounds.
  • Possible occasional use of 8-10’ ladders.
  • Adaptability to environmental conditions; weather, noise, etc.
  • Spatial awareness.
  • Must supply your own basic tools - pruners, scissors, bucket, trug and have them
    available at each job. Other tools and equipment will be provided as needed.

Visit Greenstone Designs website to apply.

Garden Coordinator, Field Production Coordinator, Events and Public Engagement Coordinator, Nursery Technician, Facilities and Grounds, Farm Crew, Maintenance, Nursery Production.

Oxbow is located on 240 acres of forest and grassland bordered by Western Washington’s Snoqualmie River. We use this mixed landscape for many things. 

Produce food. We cultivate 12 acres of certified organic mixed vegetable crops, herbs, and flowers using agro-ecological principles and engage in research to inform conservation agriculture practices. We grow food for local grocery stores, restaurants, hunger relief, a CSA program, and an on-site seasonal Farm Stand.

Grow native plants. We operate a native plant nursery that uses sustainable growing methods to produce plants for habitat restoration projects and urban landscapes. We share our knowledge to encourage increased production and use of natives in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Connect children to nature. We offer education programs for children pre-K through high school to build environmental literacy and provide students with opportunities to learn about the links between agriculture, conservation, and the environment.

Restore and sustain habitat. We carry out ecological restoration projects and partner with scientists, regional planners, and other environmental organizations to learn how humans can benefit from the land while protecting biodiversity.

Cultivate community. We offer people of all ages opportunities to put their values into action as we promote climate resilience and encourage healthy food systems. We foster community through volunteer opportunities, Membership, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, workshops & tours, and special events.

For more information on the current openings and how to apply please visit our employment resource page. 

Horticulture Internships

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

Sacred Seeds Educational Intern

This position at Bastyr University will coordinate with K-12 schools (especially tribal and title I schools) to schedule, plan and implement seasonal field trips rooted in the tend, gather, & grow curriculum/principles. Note: depending on COVID-19, these field trips may be offered virtually or in-person. Design, research and compose ethnobotany adventures written curriculum and activities for K-12 classrooms, to be offered through the sacred seeds virtual education portal. Design, film and edit engaging educational videos for virtual sacred seeds offerings and maintain youtube channel.

Hiring Range $14.00 to $16.00 per hour

Location Kenmore Campus

Work Schedule flexible, 4.5 hours per week

Please visit the school jobs website for more information and how to apply.

Seasonal Color/Holiday Assistant Paid Internship

Sander Groves Landscaping is a high-end residential landscape company. Our Seasonal Color Department is looking for a creative, energetic person to help install and maintain seasonal color plantings at East side accounts.

Job Description

Must possess a great attention to detail, excellent communication and organizational skills, a good work ethic, and be able to perform tasks independently and in team environment. Horticultural experience beneficial. WSDL and clean driving record required. Full time / Part time with flexibility and Benefits. Wage DOE.

Apply

Call Michele B. Walker, Seasonal Color Manager

(425) 868-2200

Or send resume to Michele B. Walker.

2021 Mentorship in Sustainable Agriculture

Application Information

The application for the 2021 Mentorship in Sustainable Agriculture at Carnation Farms is now open until end of day February 4, 2021. 

Requirements

Applicants should be committed to becoming a farmer and eager to learn in order to reach their goals. They should be comfortable following instruction and guidance from the Carnation Farms Mentors and other Carnation Farms staff, working outdoors in adverse weather conditions, operating heavy equipment, and learning in a classroom academic environment. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate experience in one or more seasons of farming or in an agricultural food production setting. The program requires physical work, including the ability to lift 50 pounds. Since shared onsite bunk-style housing is provided at an affordable rate, the applicant must work and live cooperatively and harmoniously in community. Carnation Farms will accept five farmers-in-training for 2021.

Stipend and Benefits

Farmers-in-training will be paid a stipend of $1095 (gross before taxes) every other week. Housing (rent and utilities) on Carnation Farms property is provided at an affordable rate, available April 2 to November 30, 2021. Those choosing not to live onsite will need to make their own living arrangements at their own cost. Because of space limitations, we are unable to provide housing for spouses, partners, or children. Also, we are unable to accommodate pets. Carnation Farms provides workers compensation insurance and company-paid holidays. Health insurance and other benefits normally provided to full-time employees are not provided.

Key Dates

February 4, 2021  Deadline is midnight to submit Application Form and resume
February 8, 2021  We will shortlist candidates and contact to schedule an interview.
February 10-17, 2021   Onsite or virtual interviews at Carnation Farms, offers extended.
April 2-4, 2021   Move-in for shared onsite housing.
April 8, 2021   Mentorship program begins.

How to Apply

The application for the 2021 season is here Mentorship Application

Questions?

Please contact our Director of Agriculture Production  Tiffany Cooper