Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 11-Oct-2017 to 11-Dec-2017 (CST)
  • Horticulture (012)
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time, Regular


Performs all duties associated with design, maintenance and care of the outdoor displays and collections. Duties are directly related to the design, installation and care of the collections, woody and herbaceous plant material and annual display crops. Seasonal designs, plant selection and ordering (as needed) and careful attention to accession record keeping and plant labeling are critical components of this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs a wide range of landscape maintenance tasks important to the preservation, protection and display of the collection, including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering and irrigation, fertilizing, pesticide application, tree work, etc.
  • Completes display designs, annual and perennial, on a regular basis, orders plants as needed for designs and oversees/performs the layout and installation of the designs.
  • Maintains care of horticultural tools, equipment, and general Garden property. Refers more serious problems to Supervisor.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards. Reports accidents and injuries.
  • Performs "off-season" tasks, including seasonal group projects (i.e., tree pruning, leaf pick-up, annual flower show installation, chipping, spraying).
  • In "winter" months, assists in plowing paths and roadways, shovels snow, applying de-icer, etc., reporting early and on weekends and holidays as needed. 
  • Responsible for assigned weekend watering rotation duties throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons.
  • May work in a specific designated area to oversee the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the landscape, maintenance issues, and volunteer assignments; occasionally, may assist in the maintenance and project coordination of other areas within the outdoor displays.
  • 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.


  • Minimum of (3-4) years of hands-on, relevant horticulture work experience required.
  • Strong knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance techniques; proficient in operating various landscaping tools and equipment.
  • Strong knowledge of integrated pest management (IPM), disease and insect control.
  • Must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Proven ability to perform simple tasks independently after being given assignments.
  • Ability to work outside, often in variable environments and weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform some climbing and heavy lifting up to 60 lbs.
  • Adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
  • Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct.
  • Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends and holidays for annual watering schedule and occasional snow/ice removal.
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.


  • Associate's 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.

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 60 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 100°F as well as temperatures below 0°F, 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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