Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 31-Jul-2017 to 30-Sep-2017 (CST)
  • Horticulture (012)
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time, Regular


Performs all duties associated with design, installation, maintenance and care of the seasonal outdoor bedding and container displays; living collections; perennial borders. Critical components of this position include design, installation and care of the collections of woody and herbaceous plant materials and annual display crops; plant selection and ordering; careful attention to record keeping, plant accessioning, and plant labeling; and volunteer coordination.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Performs a wide range of landscape/maintenance tasks important to the cultivation, preservation, protection and transplanting of existing plants; including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilization, irrigation, IPM and pesticide application as needed.
  • Ensure the highest level of excellence in landscape maintenance and plant care.
  • Checks plant records data regularly and request plants to be re-propagated as necessary to ensure the survival of important plant accessions.
  • Plants and maintains displays in a manner that enables plant accessions data to be maintained and allows the public to easily distinguish plants when reading plant labels
  • Completes display designs, annual, perennial, as needed, selects and orders plants as needed for designs and oversees/performs the layout and installation of the designs.
  • Ensure the highest level of plant records and labeling; utilizes the living collections management system and conduct plant inventories as needed.
  • Research, implement and record cultivation techniques associated to new plants to the living collections.
  • As requested participate in national and international travel and expeditions for plant collecting and horticulture capacity building.
  • Operate technical equipment and maintain general care of tools necessary for nursery operations to include but not limited to; vehicles, forklifts, pallet trucks, carts, lifts, Cushmans, tractors, cultivators, mechanical sprayers, and a variety of hand tools.
  • Source plants to be added to the living collections according MBGs collections development goals in supporting plant conservation, research and display of plant diversity.
  • Works with the Ex-Situ Collections Manager to target and develop plant collections.
  • Utilizes index Seminum and connects with other botanic gardens and institutions to build plant collections.
  • Ensure all Garden policies and procedures are followed when procuring and sharing plant material.
  • Exhibit the highest level of ethical conduct in obtaining and sharing plant material and ensure compliance with MBG policies.
  • Completes purchase orders and assigns time/material charges to appropriate account codes.
  • Ensures that assigned areas are maintained in accordance with on-file garden descriptions.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards.  Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
  • Performs tours and give presentations as required; may be responsible for interacting with the media (TV, radio, newspaper etc), working with Public Relations to provide information about the horticultural content of their respective areas.
  • Generally, but not always, works in a specifically designated area to oversee the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the landscape, maintenance issues and volunteer assignments.
  • Performs or assists with "off-season" tasks (i.e., tree pruning, annual flower show set-up).
  • Maintains general care of horticultural tools, and technical equipment (i.e., apply lubrication and general cleaning). Refers more serious problems to management personnel.
  • Ensure that all tool storage areas and work areas are kept clean and tidy.
  • May be responsible for assigned weekend watering rotation duties.
  • Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  None.


  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments prepared and on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates strong presentation and public speaking skills; Participates in meetings, as required.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, using correct spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional situations; Responds promptly to internal or visitor needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.


  • Minimum of (4-5) years hands-on, relevant horticulture work experience required.
  • Strong knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance techniques with an emphasis in annuals, perennials, and aquatics; proficient in operating various landscaping tools and equipment.
  • Strong knowledge of appropriate and effective watering practices.
  • Proficient ability to identify various plant fungus, pests and pathogens and apply sound, appropriate remedies.
  • Proficient in operating and knowledge of safe operation procedures for various types of landscape maintenance equipment.
  • Ability to convey technical concepts.
  • Proven ability to lead and direct the work of others to complete general projects, including volunteer supervision and project coordination.
  • Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct; knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures and systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions about the living collections.
  • Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays for annual watering schedule and occasional snow and ice removal.
  • Knowledge of living collections and curation.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.


  • Associate or B.S. degree in Horticulture, Biology, Botany and/or related field required.
  • An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Word, Excel and Outlook Email).
  • Solid Internet research skills.

Language Skills: 

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral and written).
  • Ability to read and understand pesticide labels.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Requires ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; calculate percentages and decimals.                                          

Reasoning Ability:

  • Requires ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

  • Ability to posses and maintain valid driver's, chauffeur's, and pesticide applicator's licenses.

Physical Demands: 

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 80 lbs. (i.e., load, unload and move gardening supplies, medium to heavy weight tools and equipment).
  • Must be able to work in bright sunshine with probable high UV levels. Must be able to work outdoors year-round.
  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb ladders, etc.).
  • Requires standing, walking, bending, stooping and reaching for extended periods of time-- 80% or more of the workday is standing on feet.
  • Ability to wear Garden issued Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).

Work Environment: 

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions (i.e., in temperatures over 100F as well as temperatures below 0F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions as needed).
  • Actively works hands-on with horticulture crew to complete landscape maintenance tasks.
  • Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions.
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