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Landscape Foreman & Landscape laborer, Classic Nursery and Landscape Company—9/22/18

Landscape Foreman Job Description

Join our creative team! Some of our lead foremen have been with Classic for over a decade. Find out why. We are looking for an experienced foreman to supervise a crew that installs award-winning landscapes throughout King County. You will plant shrubs, trees, groundcover and perennials, build walls and patios, create natural looking water features and layout irrigation systems. You will work with our talented design team and manage your projects with a labor assistant.  

Landscape Laborer Job Description

Work with some of the most talented people in the landscape and nursery industry. 

Work outside doing the best landscape work in the state.

Pay Structure and Benefits

We provide health and dental benefits, a 401K plan, a nursery plant discount and up to four weeks of paid vacation per year.

For more information or to be considered for an interview, please submit your resume to: employment@classicnursery.com or call (425) 885-5678.

Landscape Designer, Classic Nursery and Landscape Company—10/22/18

Landscape Designer Job Description

Creative and articulate designer wanted for full time position. This is a rare opportunity to join the team that is featured on the back cover of the first edition of Sunset's Western Landscaping Book and that won the Founder's Cup and Gold medals at The Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Classic Nursery & Landscape Company is a 5-star Envirostar design/build organization with three decades in business. The recipient of two King County Green Globe awards, Classic's design staff manages up to seven crews constructing outdoor projects throughout the region. The successful candidate can meet clients and market services while managing a volume of residential landscape and outdoor construction projects annually.

Pay Structure and Benefits

Compensation includes salary (or hourly rate), commission and income from plan fees. This is a career position for a talented, portfolio carrying and experienced design/build candidate only. Cad skills and abilities in Excel are required. An employee nursery discount and vacation benefits are offered. A smartphone is also provided. 

For more information or to be considered for an interview, please submit your resume and a sample of your residential cad portfolio to: alan@classicnursery.com.

Office Manager, Classic Nursery & Landscape Company—10/18/18  

Office Manager Job Description

Classic Nursery & Landscape Company’s office manager will coordinate incoming inquiries to the online database, answer phones and help manage the nursery POS systems, inventory, employee and project installation records.The successful candidate will speak with potential, current and past clients by phone and email and will help to coordinate field personnel and materials for ongoing projects. You will also coordinate emails related to project proposals and work orders and review and assist in the purchase and coordinated delivery of plant, paving, irrigation and bulk soil materials for landscape projects. An outgoing, horticulturally articulate personality is required!

Pay Structure and Benefits

This full-time salary or hourly position includes a generous vacation package and an employee nursery discount. We also provide health and dental benefits, a 401K plan, a nursery plant discount and up to four weeks of paid vacation per year.

For more information or to be considered for an interview, please submit your resume to: employment@classicnursery.com or call (425) 885-5678.

Floral Manager, Metropolitan Market—10/8/2018

At Metropolitan Market, we know food! We are a progressive, upscale grocery-retailer and one of the best places to work in the Pacific Northwest. Metropolitan Market is a company recognized within the food industry for freshness and quality—from our flame roasted prime rib, house made quiche and pot pies, to our high volume buffets and cut to order specialty meats and cheeses. We provide outstanding employment opportunities, including a generous benefits program and attractive wages. We are looking for outgoing, friendly individuals who want to work in a healthy and rewarding environment!

Required Qualifications

Candidates will be selected from applicants having the best combination of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum three years floral design experience, including weddings and special occasions, required.
  • Minimum five years supervisory experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Proven success as a team leader and member.
  • Demonstrates a high-level of self-motivation; takes initiative; problem solves.
  • Possesses creative merchandising and display skills.
  • Knowledgeable of gross profit and labor percentages preferred; proven experience working with both.
  • Possesses comprehensive product information with a proven history of using knowledge best service customers and inform employees.
  • Proven history of personnel development a plus.
  • Ability to effectively delegate and follow-through.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Superior communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to positively affect sales generation.

Job location Sammamish, closes November 3, 2018.

Please apply for this job here.

Landscape Division Manager, Molbak's—10/01/2018

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent horticulture knowledge matched with exemplary customer service and sales skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of Landscape Design & Construction elements including but not limited to: decks, pavers, retaining walls, patios, irrigation, low-voltage lighting, rockery, pergolas, and grading/drainage.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing policies and procedures to improve workflow and performance.
  • Strong analytical skills—identifies, evaluates, and prioritizes high impact initiatives for the department and translates them into a menu of clearly defined solutions for our customers and internal stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational, scheduling and management skills -- keeps commitments and shows consistent follow through.
  • Strong leadership skills -- collaborates with others for alignment and delegate with appropriate levels of clarity and empowerment.
  • Superior problem-solving and decision-making skills -- approaches tasks with enthusiasm and brings good common sense to work daily.
  • Able to work, standing, walking, bending, moving, or lifting up to 100% of the day.
  • Must be able to lift at least 25lbs throughout the day and occasionally up to 50lbs. When lifting heavy objects/items, it is expected that the associate will utilize the assistance of other teammates or tools such as hand trucks, pot lifters, and pallet jacks in order to lift items safely.

Education/Experience

  • At least 10+ years of landscape construction experience.
  • 5+ years customer sales, project management, business management and team leadership experience.
  • Northwest horticultural experience or certification is desirable.
  • Proficiency in Windows-based software including Word, Excel, Project, and Outlook.
Part Time Landscape/Estate Gardener, MeadowScapes—9/20/18

We are looking for part time help two days a week.

The Scope of Work

Weeding, pruning, care of perennials and vegetable gardens, leaf and weed removal, and other general yard maintenance. Our clients are located in Samammish and Bellevue. We are looking for an energetic, positive person, preferably female, who loves to be outside and does not mind getting a little dirty.

The Pay Rate

$25 an hour, after 3 months we would consider a pay raise based on performance and reliability.

Please contact me at (206) 919-8497 or meadowscapes@hotmail.com if you are interested.

Meadow Cook
MeadowScapes

Assistant Horticulturist/Landscaper, Overlake Golf & Country Club—9/20/18

Assistant Horticulturist/Landscaper

Overlake Golf & Country Club is the leading private club in the Pacific Northwest.  Overlake is an 18-hole, Audubon International certified golf course designed by A.V. Macan. The position of Assistant Horticulturist exists within the Landscape/Golf Maintenance department of Overlake Golf & Country Club. The Landscape department’s goal is to provide the highest quality grounds and landscaping while learning about the plants and environment of the Pacific Northwest.                                          

Pay Structure and benefits

Pay range for this position starts at $18-$20 per hour, depending on experience.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 401K
  • Vacation and sick time
  • Golfing privileges
  • ½ off restaurant lunch menu prices
  • Uniform shirt, raingear, gloves, shoe covers

Approximate Work Schedule

Normal work hours are Monday through Friday, 5:30-1:30 summer and 6:30-2:30 winter. The days and length of shifts are approximations as our work responds to the needs of member and club events. This is a year-round, full-time position that requires overtime, occasional split shifts, and weekend work according to tournament and weekend schedules.

Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities

The responsibility of the Assistant Horticulturist is to aid the landscape department in the maintenance of all landscape flower beds and lawns on and around the golf course. This position will perform activities including:

  • Weeding and edging flower beds
  • Planting, watering, and fertilizing seasonal annuals
  • Deadheading and pruning annuals, perennials, and shrubs
  • Using a back-pack blower to clean clubhouse parking lot
  • Mowing and weed eating a small amount of landscape area lawns
  • Watering some flower beds, annual plantings, hanging baskets, and newly planted trees
  • Know or learn how to correctly prune hedges and shrubs

Personal Traits

A successful Assistant Horticulturist will be responsible, punctual, organized, honest, detail-oriented, hardworking, and interested in learning more about horticulture.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Working for long periods of time on a variety of surfaces in a variety of environments
  • Lifting 25+ pounds
  • Ability to bend and stand frequently while weeding
  • Using power equipment such as back packer blower, weed eater, etc.
  • Driving a golf cart or utility vehicle- must have driver’s license
  • Work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work early hours (5:30 am in the summer, 6:30 am fall/winter)

Experience, Knowledge, Skills Education and Training

  • Horticulture or similar degree, or working towards but not required
  • Prior golf course or landscaping experience a plus but not required
  • Knowledge of tools, methods, and materials used in landscape maintenance
  • Familiar with the game of golf or willing to learn
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Must pass background check administered by Overlake Golf and Country Club

Apply

Please email resume to lleinbaugh@overlakegcc.com.

Farm Festival and Farm Stand Staff, Oxbow Farm—9/17/18

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is a nonprofit organization in Carnation, WA, just 25 miles from Seattle. Join our seasonal staff for autumn fun during our Oxtober Pumpkin Festival! Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff are responsible for creating a positive customer experience at our annual fall harvest festival and farm stand. Our popular pumpkin patch and farm stand will be open Thursday thru Sunday in Oxtober providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase a variety of vegetables, pumpkins, and native plants. On the weekends we will have additional fall festival activities such as; Kids’ Farm Adventures, arts and crafts, hay rides, food trucks,  and live music. Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff will provide a welcoming experience for festival visitors and will help with a wide range of activities and tasks as needed, including Farm Stand sales, children’s programming, maintaining the property, and more. Read the full job description on the Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center website

To apply for this position:

We are holding open interviews on September 19-20, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carnation address: 10819 NE Carnation-Duvall Rd, Carnation, WA. Please bring your resume, references, and a cover letter. Interviews will last about 20 minutes. Read the full job description.

Plant Technician, Jardiniere Landscape Services—9/13/18

Care for Indoor Tropical Plants - Plant Technician

  • Compensation: DOE
  • Employment type: employee's choice

We are a high-end interior plant company that provides beautiful, healthy environments to our corporate clients. We service all over the  greater Seattle area and are currently looking for an employee to service commercial clients.

The current position is for a Plant Care Technician. If you have worked in landscaping with interior or exterior plants, or have horticultural education, or a passion for caring for plants, this may be the job for you.

You will drive to each account on your route to water, clean, trim, fertilize, and replace indoor plants as needed. Physical lifting up to 50 lbs. is required. There is also paperwork to complete, so attention to detail is a must. You must be able to communicate professionally with clients and have a neat and clean appearance.

We perform criminal background checks, and having a valid drivers license is a must. Since we provide a company vehicle, you must have a valid WA drivers license and a clean driving record.

Compensation dependent upon experience. We want to hear from you! Please send us your resume and a brief note as to why you are interested in this position. We look forward to hearing from you!

Meg Fletcher
Jardiniere Landscape Services
Email: mfletcher@jardiniereco.com
Office: (425) 898-8516
Cell: (425) 780-3905                            

Groundskeeper, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center—9/13/18

Overview

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services.  With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

Responsibilities

The Groundskeeper II is responsible for maintaining landscape of hospital grounds and seeking ways to improve the grounds’ overall appearance.

Qualifications

Education Background

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent

Licensure, Registration, Certification 

  • Maintains a valid Washington Driver’s License and a clean driving record

Special Training/Skills 

  • Ability to operate a variety of grounds equipment
  • Must be able to work with little direct supervision
  • Knowledge and ability to operate above and below ground water lines and valves

Work Experience 

  • Minimum of one year grounds maintenance experience required

Physical Abilities

  • Must be able to work outdoors under all weather conditions
  • Physical Demand Level: Heavy
  • In an 8-hour workday, must be able to:
    • Lift / Carry
      • 50 to 100 pounds occasionally
      • 25 to 50 pounds frequently
      • 10 to 20 pounds constantly
  • As required, must be able to:
    • Sit, stand, walk, bend, squat, kneel, crawl, climb and reach above shoulders
    • Push and pull
    • Perform fine motor functions
    • Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff

Pay starts at $17.81/hour

Please apply on the Careers at Northwest Hospital website 

Part-time Gardener, Natural Greenscapes—9/13/18

OPEN: Part-Time Gardener Position

We are looking for a part-time employee with a background in horticulture who has a comprehensive knowledge of landscape plants, best practices for planting, pruning, fertilizing and soil health. Entry-level or students of horticulture are welcome to apply. We train on the job as well.

Our clients are mostly on the Eastside ranging from Mercer Island to Woodinville, a few in Seattle as well. Applicants should be able to take direction, be self-sufficient, detail oriented, work quickly and efficiently.

Being a small company, we heavily rely on excellent customer service and social skills. Garden management days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, typically 6-7 hours on each day.  

Email back at naturalgreenscapes@live.com with a short introduction of yourself and explain your ability in general to perform the listed duties in the job description.

Compensation: $16-$20, DOE. After completion of 1-year, company sponsored Master Pruner program from Plant Amnesty. 

Crew Lead, Crew Member, Fire Sparrow Landscaping—9/13/18

Company Overview       

Fire Sparrow Landscaping is a family-owned landscape design/build company primarily handling high-end residential and commercial projects in Eastside communities. With over 30 years of industry experience and an eye for artistic detail, we bring a rich history of experience to our projects. Fire Sparrow operates with safety, quality, and durability as our guiding principles. Our client relationships are based around mutual trust and we have earned a reputation for our honesty and high-quality craftsmanship.

Visit our website for more information: Fire Sparrow Landscaping.

Job Title

Landscape construction crew lead

Job Details

Full time, $19-22/hr DOE

Position Description

Fire Sparrow is seeking a skilled and dedicated lead to run a crew performing landscape construction and maintenance work. The crew lead is responsible for following instructions, managing the crew safely and efficiently, and working hard to create and maintain high-quality outdoor living spaces.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Energetically perform landscape construction duties 8+ hours, five days per week. Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • New garden installations
    • Irrigation installations and maintenance
    • Hardscape/masonry construction
    • Carpentry
    • Using hand/power tools
    • Plant and garden assessments and maintenance (pruning, weeding, mulching, etc.)
  • Clearly communicate with owner/project manager in respect to status of work/crew
  • Communicate honestly and respectfully with crew members, foremen, owner, other staff, and clients, as needed
  • Provide clear and appropriate direction to crew members in coordination with company owner
  • Ensure work site remains safe and productive at all times
  • Maintain standards for reasonable work site neatness and manage end-of-day clean-up

 Experience and Qualifications

  • High school or GED
  • At least 2 years’ experience in landscape construction, maintenance, or horticulture/gardening, with at least 1 year as a lead
  • Working understanding of landscape construction methods and practices, including irrigation systems, patios/pavers installation, stacked walls, carpentry, basic horticulture, grading, and tool usage.
  • Consistently positive attitude in strenuous working conditions
  • Ability to oversee crews with focus on effective time-management and encouraging a positive, growth-minded team environment
  • Intuition to see the big picture and make reasonable decisions independently, asking questions when needed
  • Friendly and approachable demeanor with clients
  • Reliable and honest
  • Excellent communication skills in coordinating with clients, crew, owner/management
  • Able to repeatedly lift up to 80 lbs, traverse and work for long hours on uneven terrain, and spend significant time standing/walking
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle
  • Able to speak, read, and write English

Job Title

Skilled landscape crew member

Job Details

Full time, $16-18/hr DOE

Position Description

Fire Sparrow is seeking a skilled and dedicated crew member to support landscape construction and maintenance work. Crew members will be responsible for carefully following instructions and working hard to create and maintain high-quality outdoor living spaces.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Energetically perform landscape construction duties 8+ hours, five days per week. Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Plant and garden assessments and maintenance (pruning, weeding, mulching, etc.)
    • New garden installations
    • Irrigation installations and maintenance
    • Hardscape/masonry construction
    • Carpentry
    • Using hand/power tools
  • Communicate honestly and respectfully with other crew members, crew leads, foremen, owner, other staff, and clients, as needed

Experience and Qualifications

  • High school or GED
  • At least 1 years’ experience in landscape construction, maintenance, or horticulture/gardening
  • Actively interested in landscape construction/horticulture. Priority will be given to applicants who are interested in investing in the industry in the long-term
  • Consistently positive attitude and team-oriented approach to working with others
  • Comfort with tools and/or ability to learn
  • Able to see the big picture and make reasonable decisions independently. Comfortable asking questions.
  • Friendly and approachable demeanor with clients
  • Reliable and honest
  • Able to repeatedly lift up to 80 lbs, traverse and work for long hours on uneven terrain, and spend significant time standing/walking
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle
  • Able to speak, read, and write English

To apply

Email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to info@firesparrowlandscaping.com.

Gardener, Kelley Garden Service—9/10/18

Positions available at Kelley Garden Service

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years of landscaping experience
  • Reliable transportation for travel to job sites
  • Clean driving record
  • Knowledge and identification of common plants and weeds
  • Knowledge of basic guarding techniques
  • 3 Industry references

Duties

  • Part time, Monday through Wednesday: 8-10 hr days
  • Work throughout the greater Seattle area, including Mercer Island and Bellevue
  • Able to regularly lift 25 pounds, occasionally 50+ 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 Sheers, etc
  • Ability and willingness to work in all weather conditions

Individual characteristics

  • Honest, reliable, hard-working, hustle mentality
  • Positive, punctual

Pay is $20+ depending on experience

Email resumes to kelleygardenservice@gmail.com or call Keith at (206) 795-4738

Sales and Inventory Management, Meerkerk Gardens—8/23/18

Meerkerk Gardens is seeking a creative person for a part time position to manage sales and inventory at our nursery. Sales experience and plant knowledge required. Must be willing to work weekends in peak season. The ideal candidate will have the potential to develop the necessary skills to take on a managerial role in the organization.

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, located in Greenbank, WA, is an independent not-for-profit organization open to the public, comprising fifty three acres of natural coastal woodland - a forest preserve with over 4 miles of trails. Approximately thirteen acres include a diverse collection of Rhododendron and ornamental trees.

Submit a letter of interest to: gardeninfo@meerkerkgardens.org

(360) 678-1912    

Meerkerk Gardens
PO Box 154
Greenbank, WA 98253

Seasonal Positions, Oxbow Farm—8/21/18

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center in Carnation, WA is hiring for several upcoming seasonal positions. See overviews and application details below:

Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff (Seasonal Part-time, late September–end of October)

Be part of Oxbow’s seasonal team at one of the most beautiful times of year in the Snoqualmie River Valley. Fall Festival and Farm Stand Staff will create a positive customer experience during “Oxtober,” Oxbow’s annual fall harvest festival and farm stand. We’re looking for seasonal help operating our organic Farm Stand and pumpkin patch (Thurs-Sun), assisting with arts & crafts (Sat-Sun), and a variety of other farm- and festival-related activities. See full job description and learn how to apply.

Seasonal Farm Crew (Seasonal Full Time)

Contribute to Oxbow’s mission to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food, and to steward our natural resources for future generations. As a member of our Farm Crew, you will have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our farming operation, cultivating Oxbow’s production and educational fields. Responsibilities include propagation house work, hand weeding and hoeing, transplanting, harvesting, post-harvest handling, deliveries, and farm stand supervision. See full job description and learn how to apply.

Gardener, Fruits to Fronds—8/17/18

Fruits to Fronds, LLC is a garden design, installation and maintenance company located in West Seattle. We are passionate about helping our clients create their perfect outdoor space!

Fruits to Fronds is currently hiring for a full-time Gardener position. The majority of our work is installing and maintaining residential gardens. The ideal candidate is someone who is looking for a career in horticulture, has an upbeat attitude, and an eye for detail. This is a full time position, with benefits available after the successful completion of a 6 month probation. There is an opportunity to advance in pay and responsibility following training.

Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Strong communicator (with clients and crew)
  • Knowledge of native and ornamental plants
  • Dependable and punctual, with solid work ethic
  • Washington driver's license with clean record
  • At least one year professional garden experience
  • A passion for working with plantsAble to lift 50 pounds
    Ability to work rain or shine while
  • maintaining positive attitude
    Trailer driving experience is a plus!

Send cover letter and resume to apply.
Fruits to Fronds, LLC
fruitstofronds@gmail.com

Seasonal Crew Member, Garden Revelry—8/17/18

Garden Revelry, a growing Container Design, Installation and Maintenance company is looking for an additional seasonal crew member. 

Our company creates, installs and cares for container plantings in exterior residential and commercial settings. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, design creativity, plant knowledge and customer service. Projects are centralized to the Seattle, Edmonds, Kirkland and Bellevue city limits. 

Our company is currently looking for an individual to work two days a week (Monday and Thursday) from October 1st through November 10th.  This position is a seasonal position that has strong potential to be a permanent seasonal position (Fall and Spring) based on the individual’s desire and performance with the added possibility of picking up part-time year-round maintenance for client’s plantings if desired. 

This is an entry level position for an individual that has a strong interest in entering the field of container gardening.  It’s a great opportunity for a student, parent that wants to work school hours or someone needing part time income with interest in container gardening. The individual should be self-motivated, detailed oriented, able to do some light lifting (at least 25 lbs), enjoy people and being outdoors. Individual must have reliable transportation and be able to get themselves to jobsites.

We pay at a competitive industry rate DOE with yearly performance based increases.

Please contact us via email at info@gardenrevelry.com if interested and tell us about yourself and why you are a good candidate for our team.

Landscape Crew Member, Plant People NW—8/17/18

Plant People Northwest is a landscape design and maintenance company with a focus on sustainable practices, soil health, and proper pruning. We work in Seattle, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. We are a company that values a very high quality of work and excellent client communication. We also place a high value on the job satisfaction of the crew.

We seek an Experienced Gardener or Horticulture Grad to join our maintenance crew. You must have experience in most aspects of garden maintenance and installation, and be positive, punctual, detail-oriented, hardworking, and communicative. Job duties involve pruning, weeding, mulching, transplanting and planting, soil amendment, fertilizing and more. We do some light irrigation work, and the occasional hardscape installation.

Starting pay is $18-20 depending on level of experience. Benefits include sick time, major holidays, and health benefits after 6 months.

Required qualifications
  • Work history showing 1+ years of professional gardening experience in the PNW -OR- a degree in Horticulture.
  • Excellent plant ID skills, and knowledge of proper horticultural and pruning practices
  • Current driver's license with clean driving record
  • Ability to work full days in all types of weather and lift up to 50 lbs
  • Excellent recordkeeping, organizational and basic math skills
  • Must have vehicle for transportation to jobsites

Please email your resume and cover letter to info@plantpeoplenw.com.

Maintenance Lead Worker, City of Bellevue—8/17/18

City of Bellevue, WA, Parks and Community Services

$29.25 - $36.67 Hourly
Please apply online

Job Summary

Bellevue is known as "A City in a Park," with a park system comprised of 2,700 acres of parks and open space.  Bellevue's Parks and Community Services Department has a unique opportunity for you as Streetscape Lead Worker-Programs. The Street Tree and Arterial Landscape program manages over 10,000 street trees and 200 acres of formal right of way landscapes. This is a journey-level position that performs a wide variety of landscape and street tree maintenance duties.

You will work with other employees to manage roadside landscaped areas and troubleshoot on-site problems. This includes coordinating with contract administrators to oversee the work of maintenance contractors to plan, schedule, coordinate, and oversee projects related to maintenance, repair, and installation work for the City's Right-of-Way Street Tree and Arterial Landscape Program. At The City of Bellevue you'll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and being a part of the community vision. Our people bring unique skills and qualities to the table, embrace the values of honesty, accountability and commitment to service, and take pride in the work they do. You'll work in an environment where being innovative, collaborative, and future focused are the status quo. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. It's what makes The City of Bellevue an exciting place to work, live, and explore.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

As a Lead Worker you will be technically savvy and lead by example in developing and maintaining a team atmosphere, which supports and encourages employees to make suggestions and work well with one another. Bring your strong communication skills to mentor, train, support, encourage, develop and advise staff on complex work. Administrative duties include weekly scheduling, workload and organizational planning, record keeping, inventory of equipment and supplies, budgeting, purchasing, documentation, volunteer coordination, contract administrator support, and customer service. You will have considerable contact with the general public in this role. 

No day is the same and in this position, you'll be working outside with your team. You will perform a variety of tasks associated with managing roadside landscapes including: Tree/ Shrub Pruning, Landscape Projects, Hard Surface Maintenance, Integrative Pest Management, In-House Site Maintenance, Equipment Operation/ Maintenance, and Supplemental Watering.
As a Lead Worker you will report project status to superiors, ensure the availability of equipment needed to complete assignments including equipment procurement and rental, complete work in a manner that leads/motivates members of the group, and assures individual, co-worker, and public safety in all weather and working conditions. This work is performed with little supervision.

Other responsibilities include
  • Technical tree and shrub pruning, including training young trees for form, pruning trees that obstruct visibility to street signage or pedestrian/vehicular clearance, etc.
  • Manage landscape installation and renovation projects, including developing scope of work, perform site prep, acquisition of materials, plant ordering, oversight of in-house staff or contracted landscape crew, installation, and traffic control. 
  • Prioritize, schedule, assign, and oversee work for crew on a daily basis based on priorities or urgency of projects or issues on hand.
  • Provide training to full-time and supplemental crew members either formally or on the job on maintenance, landscape installation, technical pruning, pesticide application, equipment safety and techniques, traffic control, and irrigation operation.
  • Communicate effectively with vendors, contractors, general public, and other city employees to coordinate work activities, review status of work projects, and resolve problems.
  • Provide customer service to public, city departments, volunteer organizations and other governmental agencies as needed.
  • Identify maintenance, renovation, replacement, or repair requirements through inspections, comments or concerns from supervisors, city employees, crew members, and citizens.
  • Perform general site maintenance, including weed control, plant and tree health evaluation, pruning, IPM and supplemental watering to non-irrigated sites.
  • Operate and maintain equipment, including power tools, acquisition of rental equipment, tow-behind water tank, and Green Machine sweeper.
  • Monitor and interpret the condition of landscape, trees and turf and operate and troubleshoot irrigation system accordingly.
  • Troubleshoot issues that arise, and make necessary changes based on priority.
  • Coordinate and represent the City on work projects that involve outside contractors and vendors or other departments.
  • Manage assigned budget; monitor expenditures and allocate fund usage, including estimating cost for project proposals.
  • Make updates to GIS inventory database.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of tree pruning techniques, and specific tree species growth response to pruning.
  • Ability to make decisions necessary to plan, organize, and complete work for multiple project sites efficiently and effectively. Ability to perform effectively with little or no supervision.
  • Knowledge of landscape construction, irrigation troubleshooting and repair.
  • Experience delivering quality customer service to the general public. Proven customer communication skills.
  • Basic computer experience in word processing and spreadsheet software required. Database experience preferred.
  • Clear and concise oral and written interpersonal communication skills.
  • Mechanical problem solving skills as well as the ability to estimate project costs and schedule work
  • Knowledge of common street tree species, including growth habits, pruning needs, water and soil needs, and response to urban stressors.
  • Knowledge of landscape plant species, proper selection, care, and maintenance as related to Right of Way landscape use, growth habit and vehicular/pedestrian site line requirements, and irrigation needs.
  • Knowledge of landscape pesticides/herbicides using Integrated Pest Management methods and best management practices.
Education & Experience Requirement
  • Graduation from high school or a GED equivalent.
  • One year of experience leading or supervising a work group.
  • Three years of experience performing young tree training.  Knowledge of ISA and ANSI standards, and pruning systems.  Strong understanding of structural pruning.
  • Arborists Certification (International Society of Arboriculture), or must be able to obtain within 6 months
  • Valid, current Washington State Driver's license at date of hire. Must have and maintain a good driving record by City Standards (posted on job application). 
  • Possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or have the ability to obtain one within 12 months of hire
  • Washington State Pesticide Applicators License
  • Washington State flagging certification, or be able to obtain within 6 months. TCS (Traffic Control Supervisor) certification, or must be able to obtain within 12 months.
  • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment flexibility test and physical capacity test.
  • Selected candidate must pass a criminal background check 
Preferred Experience
  • Five years of experience in landscape maintenance or landscape construction activities.
  • Three years experience in a municipal setting.
  • Familiarity with GIS or other geographical database management software.
  • Familiarity with Maxicom or other centrally located irrigation control system.
  • First Aid/CPR certification.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and engage in considerable pulling, pushing, and climbing.
  • Work is done mostly outdoors in all type of weather conditions. Common hazards include traffic, underground lines, chemicals, and equipment.
  • Individuals must have adequate hearing and visual acuity to successfully perform the essential job responsibilities and requirements of the position. Individuals must be able to hear and understand verbal communications and other outside sound sources. Vision abilities include close, distance, color, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Landscape Crew Person, Living Earth Landscapes—8/6/18

Compensation: $16-$18 per hour DOE 
Employment type: Full-time

Living Earth Landscapes is currently seeking a full-time Crew Person. We are looking for a hardworking, detail oriented and reliable individual to join our team.

Living Earth Landscapes is an established and successful landscaping company with an environintenance. We provide our residential clientele with high quality landscape installations including: flagstone, pavers, rock and block walls, irrigation, lighting, drainage, plantings and other garden projects. Our maintenance services include pruning, plant installation, mulching, annual color 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.

This is a full time, year-round position. We offer medical insurance and paid time off. The starting pay for the Crew position is $16-$18/hour depending on experience. We reimburse our employees for education and training, and we encourage advancement within the company. During Spring, Summer and Fall we work four 10-hour days with three-day weekends.  Experience in some of the following areas is desirable,

Landscape Maintenance
  • pruning
  • plant knowledge
  • plant installation
  • soil preparation/horticultural techniques
Landscape Construction
  • flagstone and rock walls
  • paver and block walls
  • irrigation and drainage
  • soil preparation and plant installation
Duties May Also Include
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Soil preparation
  • Mulching
  • Planting and transplanting
  • Digging and trenching
  • Setting of flagstone & pavers
  • Construction of rock and block walls
  • Assist with sprinkler, drainage and lighting installation and repair
  • Assist with installation of fences and arbors
  • Some use of power tools
  • General lifting, at least 50 lbs

WSDL is required.

 If you are detail-oriented, reliable and looking for a long-term career position, then contact us at lel@livingearthlandscapes.com or call (425) 882-2930 to request an employment application. You can see more about our company at livingearthlandscapes.com.

Interior Horticulture Technician, GreenStone Designs—8/2/18

GreenStone Designs is seeking an experienced horticultural technician to care for interior plants for our residential and commercial customers in Seattle and on the Eastside. This is a full-time, year round position. The Interior Horticulture Technician must be self-motivated, detail oriented and comfortable working independently as well as with our team.

Our customers are the most important part of our business and you will play a valuable role in assuring them of that. 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 and email and tell us about yourself with a summary of your qualifications to  contactus@greenstoneseattle.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Horticulture Internships

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

Internship, Cloud Mountain Farm Center—9/13/18

Organization Mission and Vision:
Cloud Mountain Farm Center's (CMFC) mission is to build experience, knowledge, and community to expand dynamic local food systems. CMFC envisions a thriving, collaborative community in which regional agricultural businesses are prosperous and contribute to a healthy environment and the well-being of all citizens. CMFC aspires to be a trusted, proactive, and adaptable leader that works with partner educational and trade organizations within the regional food system to further our mission through a number of programs.
Internship Description:
The Cloud Mountain Farm Center Internship is a vocational learning program for those interested in starting their own farm business and/or being a key employee on a farm. This program includes a hands-on, farm-based, full-immersion experience in agricultural production and management as well as a solid understanding of the big picture challenges that affect NW agriculture and the communities it serves. Interns learn first-hand what it takes to keep farmlands healthy and agricultural businesses thriving.
Cloud Mountain Farm Center operates both annual and perennial cropping systems as well as a retail nursery. Our annual organic vegetable production is on 5 acres of tractor cultivated scale and includes row crops, high tunnels, and leafy greens production. Our perennials include 5 acres of conventional and organic fruit trees and vineyards that include pome/stone fruit and table/wine grapes. Our retail nursery offers both fruit and ornamental plants. Interns will engage with all areas of production on the farm.
Work and Education Structure
Lectures, Workshops, and Field Trips (approx. 8 hours/week)
Through instruction and exposure via lectures, workshops, and farm tours, interns complete a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on the following concepts:

  • Business and Marketing: business planning, enterprise accounting, value-added production, farm finances, grants and loans.
  • Soils and Fertility: soil science, tillage, cultivation, compost, and cover crops
  • Crop Production: irrigation, crop culture, tractors and implements, weed management, crop planning, botany, integrated pest and disease management, and orchard and vineyard management
  • Propagation and Nursery: vegetative propagation, seed biology, and greenhouse management
  • Environmental and Social Systems: land conservation, water access and rights, food access and food justice
  • Tuition for the 2019 season is $5,000 with a $500 rebate upon completion of the program. Tuition is due at the beginning of the program and covers all guest speakers, workshops, field trips, and educational materials over the course of the program.

Annah Young

Education Manager

Cloud Mountain Farm Center

360-966-5859 x 1025

Cloud Mountain Farm Center Website