Jobs / Employment at Red Butte Garden


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Red Butte Garden seeks to connect people with plants and the beauty of living landscapes. Our staff is a community that understands, values, protects, and is enriched by the world of plants.

Whether you are working outside with our awesome Horticulture staff, or helping the garden grow behind the scenes, you will get to work in a beautiful environment with the best people around.

If you love nature as much as we do and want to be part of an awesome team, apply today!




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ASSISTANT HORTICULTURIST (GROWER)

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Assistant Horticulturist (Grower)

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$12.02 - $18.00 an hour

Schedule

Tuesday – Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm; occasional weekend and evenings required

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking an assistant Horticulturist for the Greenhouse team. This full time, year-round, benefited position has lead responsibility for the greenhouse Production program, which includes seasonal and indoor displays; Integrated Pest Management; the operation, maintenance and repair of greenhouse facilities and equipment; installing and maintaining seasonal and indoor displays and supervisors seasonal staff and volunteers as requested.

Actual days and times will vary according to coverage needs of the greenhouses and indoor display maintenance in-between scheduled events. A regular weekend shift is required.

The position requires attendance in order to perform the job duties.

Responsibilities

Assists in implementing the plant production program for gardens, plant sales and seasonal displays. Assists in providing correct cultural needs including scheduling, temperatures, fertilization, lighting, plant moisture levels, soils and sanitation. Assist in propagation by seed, cutting, and division. Maintaining plant quality with timely transplanting, pinching, pruning, trimming, and growth regulator applications. Other production duties include but are not limited to: production inventory organization, maintaining plant records; ordering and receiving plants, seeds and growing supplies. Responsible for recording and scheduling propagation in the Garden’s Plant Records database system, BRAHMS.

Supervise seasonal staff and volunteer groups as assigned, provide instruction, correction, planning and communication.

Coordinate with IPM specialist on the implementation of IPM protocols by scouting, monitoring, sanitation, and identifying control options to address plant health concerns. Selecting and applying pesticides to control insects, disease and weeds in the greenhouses and surrounding areas. Assist in the selection and ordering beneficial insects and pesticides within budget andIPMprotocols. Ensure all safety procedures are enforced and addressed regarding pesticide use. Ensure all notifications and records are kept for all applications.

Assists in keeping the facilities and equipment functioning by checking temperatures and operation of equipment, suggesting large repairs, performing minor repairs, scheduling and performing minor cleaning and maintenance tasks.

Coordinate with Designer in the installation and maintenance of interior and outdoor seasonal displays.

Assist in implementing a trial plant program to be used in future seasonal displays collections and plant sales

Serves as a professional staff member in responding to public inquiries; providing content for garden publications, website, TV and radio spots; providing training for volunteers and periodically teaching programs in the area of expertise.

Serves as lead greenhouse staff in the absence of the Greenhouse Coordinator.

Qualifications

Associate degree in Horticulture, Biology or a related field, or equivalency; 1 year of greenhouse and garden supervisory experience; a valid Utah State Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License; a general knowledge of plant identification and nomenclature; and specific knowledge of grounds and garden maintenance required. Demonstrated oral and written communications skills to deal effectively with a diverse clientele are also required.

Preferences

Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or greenhouse management. Supervisory experience. Able to get a valid Utah Pesticide License within six months of employment.

HORTICULTURE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Horticulture Program Coordinator

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$15.19 - $23.00 an hour

Schedule

40 hours per week. Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm with an occasional evening and weekend

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking a Horticulture Program Coordinator. This position manages the spring and fall plant sales, Chairs the Safety Committee, implements the horticultural and safety training programs, and oversees the water-wise plant evaluation program. This position provides professional, horticultural content for Garden publications, website and for interpretive signage in the Garden. Provides horticultural support for the care of the Garden and Natural Area. This is a full-time, year-round position, and requires attendance in order to perform job duties

Responsibilities

  • Manages the Garden’s spring and fall plant sales. Ensures all products and materials (including plants) are ordered, grown, and scheduled for timely delivery, inventory, pricing, and setup by sale opening. Duties also include coordination with other Garden departments for staffing, advertisements, sales processing and accounting, volunteer needs, membership and IT needs; setup of sale components and infrastructure not covered by others; in-person management of spring plant sale setup and takedown, and all other requirements for a successful event. Manages the Garden’s plant sale budget and provides annual income/expense reporting for the plant sales.
  • Chairs the Garden’s Safety Committee. Implements and enforces the Garden’s and UofU Safety Policy and Protocols within the Horticulture Department, including: Hazardous Communication, Fall Protection, Hearing Conservation, Worker Protection Standard, Respiratory Protection, requirements for Licensed Pesticide Applicators, and training documentation. Schedules the safety training program, providing notification to all Garden departments, and conducts training in areas of expertise. Provides safety recommendations for other Garden departments.
  • Manages horticultural training programs. Reviews scientific journals, horticulture magazines, state and federal laws, etc. to assess current protocols to ensure that practices are current/compliant. Teaches programs in area of expertise. Provides horticultural and botanical expertise to the Programs Department for development and improvement of program offerings.
  • Provides professional, horticultural content, including technical information, to Garden staff, departments and committees, and for publications, website, interpretation, social media, grant proposals and reports, and media. Researches and creates content as well as provides guidance, oversite and editing for others. Serves as a professional resource for public inquiries and print journalists; participates in TV and radio spots/interviews. May interact with donors and/or represent RBG at campus landscape/design committees.
  • Oversees the Water-wise Plant Evaluation Trial Program, including plant selection, propagation, maintenance, evaluation, data collection and compilation, final report documentation, and information dissemination to the green industry and botanical partners. Defines program priorities and goals with the Horticulture Director, collaborates with botanical experts to identify and obtain species for trial, and with other Garden peers to achieve program goals.
  • Contact person and Garden representative (information, access) for campus researchers using Red Butte Garden facilities and plants on projects approved by the Garden’s Executive Director.
  • Provides support and guidance for the continued development and care of the Garden’s living plant collections to ensure their relevance for the Garden, its mission, and status as a premier botanical garden. Provides guidance for Collections Committees, including evaluating existing collections, researching potential acquisitions, prioritizing and implementing individual collection goals and objectives. May chair or co-chair one or more committees. Maintains a current Long Range Collections Management Plan.
  • Assists in implementation and enforcement of Garden, Department and U of U policies and protocols. Assists with updating department policies and protocols to maintain compliance and current practices.
  • Develop, implement, and manage a Horticulture Internship Program for applicants interested in furthering their training in horticulture at Red Butte Garden. Researches other successful programs for guidance, program components, partnership and funding opportunities.
  • Coordinate with the Garden’s Development Department to raise funding from external sources as needed.
  • Manages budgets as assigned. Assists with monitoring Horticulture budget and expenditures, forecasting and project proposals.
  • Conducts periodic visual inspections of the Garden and Natural Area to assist in ensuring maintenance goals and priorities.
  • Assists in identifying and ensuring that preventative and routine facility maintenance, particularly of outdoor hardscape and fixtures, Greenhouses, Sprouthouse and Dumke Horticultural Operations Center occurs in a timely way. Collaborates with Garden’s Project Coordinator and other Garden departments.
  • Provides support for the Garden’s improvement, development and strategic plan, by collaborating with Garden Administration, Project Coordinator(s), and/or the Design & Maintenance Committee. Assists in project identification, prioritization, project/design criteria, and evaluation. May participate in Garden project oversite committees in area of expertise.
  • May assist with the selection, hiring, onboarding and performance evaluation of Horticulture Department staff. May supervise staff. May act as Department lead in the absence of the Horticulture Director.
  • Performs other tasks as necessary to support the mission of Red Butte Garden and Arboretum.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Biology, or a related field, or equivalency, and two years of experience in horticulture. Strong knowledge and understanding of plant culture and best practices for ornamental and/or native plant care.

Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

  • Advanced degree in Horticulture, Botany or other plant science field
  • Experience working in a public garden
  • Experience writing articles, reports and interpretive materials
  • Experience teaching and training others
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of plant culture, ornamental and/or native plants, and best practices for pest management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of design principles, concepts and styles

EDUCATION ASSISTANT

Programs Department
Part time, non-benefitted position

Education Assistant

Programs Department
Part time, non-benefitted position

Salary

$10.00 - $12.00 hourly

Schedule

Monday through Thursday, 15 - 20 hours per week

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking a part-time Education Assistant. Join a great team and gain valuable experience planning and teaching school programs at the Garden and working seasonal events. This is a part-time, non-benefitted, seasonal position. Work schedule is 15-20 hours per week, (Monday through Thursday) depending on the season, with occasional Friday, weekend, and evening work required. Position runs through October 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Teaching on and off-site school programs to elementary school students
  • Assisting with daily operations by maintaining supplies, facilities and equipment
  • Assisting the Programs Department with other activities, programs, and seasonal events as needed

Qualifications

This is an entry-level position. Training will be provided. Must demonstrate an interest in learning about child development and guidance; a willingness to take direction from the assigned teacher; willing to obtain a food handlers permit, TB test, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) background check, first aid training are required. Demonstrated human relation and effective human relations skills are also required.

Preferences

  • Background in education, environmental studies or horticulture
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Enjoy being outdoors and working with children
  • Previous experience working with children and some knowledge of basic lesson planning
  • Proactive, flexible, strong organizational skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • An interest in plants demonstrated either by education or previous employment
  • Experience working in an outdoor setting

GARDENER

Horticulture Department
Part time, non-benefitted position (seasonal)

Gardener

Horticulture Department
Part time, non-benefitted position (seasonal)

Salary

$11.00 - $12.00 an hour

Schedule

16 - 29 hours per week. Must be able to commit to working 16-29 hrs/week beginning March 1st. Exact schedule will be coordinated with supervisor upon hire. May require a weekend shift and/or occasional evening shift. Season typically runs through mid/late November.

Job Summary

The Horticulture Department at Red Butte Garden is seeking seasonal gardeners who want to work with plants and learn more about gardening. Do you prefer working outdoors, while learning more about plants and nature and working with people who are passionate about what they do? We strongly prefer people who are committed to the role of a Botanical Garden and want to be a part of a great team!

Responsibilities

Exact duties and schedules vary depending upon assigned team.

Outdoor Garden: planting, weeding, mulching, deadheading, pruning, watering, fertilization, pest control, trash removal, sweeping, event support, etc.

Entrance & Natural Area: same as above and including trail maintenance and invasive weed removal, etc.

Irrigation/Lawns/Equipment: lawn mowing, weed-eating, irrigation system repairs, trash removal, sweeping, event support, etc.

Qualifications

A valid Utah vehicle operator’s license required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.

Preferences

Nine months professional work experience preferred, but not required.

People who enjoy gardening, working with plants and/or desire to learn more. Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and temperature extremes, and understand the physical commitment required for gardening.

Proven written and spoken communication skills, a commitment to provide excellent customer service, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

Must commit to working 16-29 hrs/wk beginning early March.

GREENHOUSE GARDENER

Horticulture Department
Part time, non-benefitted position (seasonal)

Greenhouse Gardener

Horticulture Department
Part time, non-benefitted position (seasonal)

Salary

$10.50 - $11.50 an hour

Schedule

19 hours per week. Work schedule varies; weekend shift required

Job Summary

The Horticulture Department at Red Butte Garden is looking for a part-time gardener for our greenhouse team. We are seeking someone who wants to work with and learn more about plants and gardening, and enjoys working both indoors in a greenhouse and working outdoors. Would you enjoy learning more about gardening, and working with people who are passionate about plants and nature? We strongly prefer people who are committed to the role of a Botanical Garden and want to be a part of a great team!

Responsibilities

A primary duty is to ensure through detail oriented hand watering that plants have the proper moisture levels.

Must be willing and able to perform detail hand watering for several hours a day; co-lift 60 lb bales of soil/media and large plants for interior-scape changeouts; operate soil mixer; work from ladders to hang shade cloths, change lights, hang/maintain color baskets; use a backpack sprayer to apply sanitation and disinfectant products and pesticides like insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils, under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator; flexible with working on a variety of projects associated with simple greenhouse facilities maintenance, cleaning, and crop production.

Other duties include: make hose repairs as needed, weeding, planting, deadheading, pruning, fertilization, transplanting, sweeping, & event support

Qualifications

Nine months professional work experience with the responsibility for five or more acres of grounds, or equivalency; a valid Utah vehicle operator’s license required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Selected applicant will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.

Preferences

Nine months professional work experience or education in a related field preferred, but not required.

Must be able to work 16 - 19/hrs week, year-round.

Must be able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and temperature extremes, and understand the physical commitment required for gardening. Must have proven written and oral communication skills, a commitment to provide excellent customer service and ability to work cooperatively with others.

 
 







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