Horticulture Jobs & Internships

Current Job Openings

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.

Gardener, part-time

Ma Petite Gardens, LLC is a Snohomish garden design/landscape company. Job sites range from Seattle to Marysville. Duties vary per job but can include compost spreading, planting, edging, light pruning, weeding. Can be somewhat flexible with hours. This is an independent contractor position (you pay your own taxes).

$20-$25/hr depending on experience. Please send work experience/resume for consideration.

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. 

Multiple Positions Available- Gardener, Hardscape Stonemason, On-Site Project Lead & Master Pruner

Small woman-owned professional organic landscaping company looking for skilled help.
Shooting Star Gardens, llc is a small residential garden design and build company that
uses only organic methods. Really. The position available is that of a jane or jack of all
trades, primarily maintenance, some pruning, small installations, mulching, renovations.
Everyday is different. We build interesting gardens. Nothing is run of the mill. We don’t
own any gas machines, we don’t offer regular lawn care. We are a growing company. There is room for you to grow in it.

The position is currently part-time, about 15-35+ hours a week. There is some flexibility
and increased hours based on company needs and your skills. Duties include: manual
weeding, pruning, raking, creating new beds, mulching, planting, hauling compost,
gravel, sand or woodchips, hauling away sod, digging rain gardens. Fairly limited
ladder work. Must be able to lift 50 pounds easily and 80 lbs safely. Experience not
necessary but educational background in gardening or horticulture, architecture, and/or
construction desired and rewarded.

Very Helpful Attributes

  • Reliable, clear communication. Independent problem solver
  • Be respectful of client, self, SSG, people and planet.
  • Able to identify common basic weeds and landscape plants
  • Flexible. Work with min. supervision.
  • Honest and hardworking. Problem solving skills, independence..
  • Be detailed-oriented. Did you clean up? Did you leave a tool? Did you report what needs to happen next? Did I miss something that needs doing?
  • Will be working with a crew but must be able to work independently once trained.

Things That Would Be Extra Nice

  • Able to lift more than 50-80 pounds
  • Knowledge of PNW landscape plants, natives and weeds
  • Fast, efficient, creative
  • Excellent fine pruning skills
  • Skilled with aesthetic rock and stone hardscaping
  • Have a passion for the natural world
  • Valid WSDL & good driving record

Pay range is $17-25 per hour DOE and education.
Equal opportunity employer. Racial and sexual minorities are encouraged to apply.
Send me a note info@shootingstargardens.com South Shoreline Base of Operation.
Health and Dental insurance and Vacation avail for 3/4 time staff.

Office Manager

Shooting Star Gardens We are a small woman owned organic garden company. We
focus on native and edible intimate gardens for your family and habitat for pollinators.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Payroll: Run payroll every 2 weeks. Send reminder texts to all staff to make sure payroll
    is complete and all expenses are recorded for the pay period.
  • Accounting & quarterly taxes: Account for client payments as they come in, record in
    Jobber and send receipts.
  • Invoicing: Draft invoices at the end of every week - send drafts to Shelby so she can
    review and send notes to clients.
  • Quarterly Taxes & expenses: Manage expenses and run quarterly taxes.
  • Updating Website: make sure everything is up to date, add photos from recent
    installations to an online portfolio, make small edits, nudge us to write blog posts, etc.
    Potential to help with other social media accounts as well.
  • Emails: Any emails regarding payment, scheduling changes, and accounting will be
    forwarded to the office manager.
  • Communication with SSG team: Office manager will be in charge of answering
    questions (and recording info) from employees about payroll, time-off, etc. They will then
    communicate with the rest of the team to make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Other tasks as assigned. This could include managing billing sheets, making
    spreadsheets of employees unpaid and paid hours, making plant orders, picking up plant
    material, ordering other materials.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • Previous management experience: At least one year of previous management
    experience is preferred. Management specifically in the field of horticulture is even
    better.
  • Clear communication: As office manager, you will be working closely with SSG staff and clients. Your job is to make sure things run smoothly and managing communication between everyone is a big part of that.
  • Time Management: This job will require managing new tasks as they are thrown at you. We request that you have good skills in time management and can effectively
    communicate projected deadlines and time needed to others on the SSG team.

Flexible Hours. Although we can provide general dates/times to be “plugged-in” for this
position, we ask that you have some flexibility in regards to answering questions from
staff, working more hours as-needed on busier weeks/seasons, etc.

Proficiency with Excel, quickbooks, and/or other accounting software tools. We use a
tool called Jobber for scheduling and invoicing and can train you in use of this program
as well

Pay depends on experience. $18-20/hour to start, evaluate after 6 months. We work approximately 51 weeks of the year and are closed the last week of the year. More info in PTO document. Your
paid time off will start after 6 months. We currently don’t have paid holidays. We will guarantee
you approximately 15 hours of work a week through the slow season. Health Insurance is
available after 3 months.

To apply send resume and cover letter to sallyanne@shootingstargardens.com

 (206) 383-6498

Horticultural Crew Member

Clark Horticultural is an organic landscape management business that focuses on
aesthetic pruning and regularly scheduled residential landscape maintenance. Our
crews of trained gardeners offer tree services, garden care, renovations, design and
installations, fruit tree pruning, pest and disease diagnosis and organic treatment. We
seek to provide safe, organic, quality garden care for clients who value and pay for the
highest standards. Clark Horticultural offers a professional and committed work environment that includes competitive pay, training and equipment, and professional development. 

Horticultural Crew Member

Do you enjoy hands on work outdoors? Do you take great satisfaction in working safely
and organically with nature to create and maintain beautiful landscapes? Then this is
the job for you. Based in Port Angeles, the North Olympic Peninsula’s premier landscape management company seeks a gardener with a mature attitude, a team spirit, a friendly face, a
learning mindset, and a strong work ethic. Clark Horticultural offers this opportunity to
work with nature and with others who love plants to someone who holds themselves to
high standards of quality and strives to ensure the client's delight with the results. This
position is for a person who will enjoy the satisfaction in producing safe, organic, quality
garden care with a team.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Horticultural Crew Member you will work with a small crew of gardeners in
residential landscape and garden maintenance. You will help address seasonal
gardening needs on site and report work details, perform regular activities such as
weeding, mowing, trimming and edging, planting, pruning, deadheading and mulching.
You will be responsible for the safe and careful use of vehicles and power equipment.

Requirements

  • You must be able to clearly communicate in writing and verbally in English.
  • You must have reliable transportation, a good driving record, and a valid license.
  • You must be able to operate power tools such as line trimmers, hedge shears, walk
    behind and riding mowers, chainsaws, and power blowers.
  • You must be able to climb and work safely on a ladder.
  • You must be able to lift 25 lbs frequently and 60 lbs occasionally.
  • You must have a good sense of smell.
  • You must have focused vision at all distances, color and peripheral vision, and depth
    perception.
  • Preferably non tobacco user. No tobacco use allowed on job.

To apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to

Gordon Clark
sempervirens@olypen.com

Crew Lead/Gardener, part-time

Crew Lead / Gardener (25-30 hours, can transition to full-time with benefits if desired)

Gardener / Apprentice (8-12 hours, can transition to 20 hours if desired)

Natural Greenscapes LLC is a small business based in Kenmore and services clients mostly on the Eastside ranging from Mercer Island to Woodinville, plus a few in Seattle as well. Our fine-gardening division prides on holistic and organic garden stewardship with emphasis on pruning plants the right way at the right time. We focus on seasonal containers in spring and fall. We do not mow nor provide lawn maintenance services. 

Required - A background in horticulture and a comprehensive knowledge of landscape plants, best practices for planting, pruning, fertilizing and soil health.

  • Crew Lead / Gardener - A minimum of 2 years of experience in a similar pruning job. Apprentice – no experience necessary, must have a horticulture background or be currently enrolled in a horticulture program.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions in physically active tasks that includes bending, kneeling, digging, lifting, etc.
  • Ability to take direction, be self-sufficient, detail oriented, work quickly and efficiently.
  • Ability to lift 25-50lbs if needed (think planting compost bales).
  • Good communication skills, customer service and social skills.
  • Own transportation to and from the jobsites plus clean driver's license. A positive attitude and punctual.
  • Good recordkeeping and organizational skills. Must be willing to learn and use Asana for detailed jobsite notes.

Being a small company, we look for the best fit as we all work closely together and work hard. 

 We train on the job as well. After 1 year, company sponsored CPH exam / Eco-Pro exam / Master Pruner program and other educational workshops. After 2 years, retirement benefits are available. Compensation: $20-$25, DOE.

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

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