Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire the use and
appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and
strengthen commitment to the natural world. Our core values are learning, stewardship, sustainability,
inclusivity, joy and excellence. Our vision is to grow our gardens and
programs to connect with new audiences and deepen our relationship with those
who know us. Our gardens will become a must-see destination drawing visitors
from near and far. We will strive to become a collection of people and plants
that can make a difference beyond our boundaries. We will work with others to
develop and disseminate plant-based solutions to societal issues. Finally, we
will lead some of those efforts to build a better world with plants and people.
The ideal candidate will exhibit an ability to work
independently and as part of a team, understand the challenges of sustainable
conservatory management and bring an excitement about creating lush and
inspiring botanical displays. The Horticulturist will bring a commitment to
excellence, time management skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks. The
candidate will be adaptable and willing to contribute to all aspects of the
work of the horticulture department, and the institution.
TheConservatory Horticulturistis responsiblefor:
Maintenance of conservatory
collections using sustainable horticultural practices. This includes permanent
and seasonal collections in the 2,700 sq. ft. Orangerie, 1,400 sq. ft. Fern
Gallery, 1,900 sq. ft. Limonaia, and other interior spaces.
Maintenance of collections and
equipment in conservatory support spaces including 970 sq. ft. Growing House,
approx. 800 sq. ft. Pit House, Potting Shed,
and storage and office spaces.
Tasks include pruning, fertilizing,
watering, pest and disease scouting and control, repotting, propagation, and
Responsible for the successful
seasonal relocation of containerized conservatory collections out to the
gardens in spring and back under glass in fall. This includes proper acclimatization
and the creation of educational and visually stunning displays.
Leading tours and delivering
workshops and lectures.
Performs other duties as assigned by
the Director of Horticulture or CEO.
Ensures the quality, health, and high
display standards of landscape displays.
Forcing of branches and bulbs to
supplement seasonal displays.
Produces seasonal container displays
using permanent conservatory collections and temporary season materials from
Care of in ground and container
displays in Winter Garden and Garden Within Reach including weeding, watering
deadheading, pest and disease scouting and control.
Ensures the highest standards of
landscape displays, using environmentally responsible methods.
Works with the Director of
Horticulture to assess and expand the conservatory collections to meet the
goals of the Society.
Ensuring that conservatory
collections are true to name, clearly labeled, and properly recorded in the
Living Collections database; assists with plant records database and creates
plant labels with staff support.
Collaboration & Interpersonal Skills
in garden-wide events, exhibitions, and group projects serving a leadership or
supporting role as assigned, such as Night
Lights and the spring plant sale.
and cheerfully integrates work of Horticulture department with the efforts of
interacting with Garden visitors.
in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multi-generational
families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
Safety, Supervision and Training
Supervises one full-time, year round
Gardener, seasonal interns, and volunteers. With Director of Horticulture,
participates in hiring and performance reviews for full time Gardener.
With supervisor, monitors and
documents safety and risk management programs and training for assigned
an awareness of surroundings and vigilant to any possible threat to the safety
of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to their property. Ensures all concerns
are reported promptly.
Ensures all mishaps, injuries, and
incidents are reported immediately and ultimately in writing to the CFOO, using
the appropriate reporting forms and advising the employees as necessary how to
seek treatment under workers compensation guidelines.
Ensures compliance with all
applicable federal and state laws and regulation.
Complies with provisions of the current Employee
Handbook, all published personnel policies, and the requirements of the job
tracks schedules for the installation, periodic maintenance, renovation, and
repair of conservatory displays.
preventative maintenance of equipment, tools, vehicles, and irrigation systems.
Requires a flexible schedule with weekends and holidays as assigned.
BS in Horticulture
At least 3 years experience in public
horticulture or conservatory management
At least 1 year experience supervising staff and
Experience in integrated pest management;
capable of obtaining a MA pesticide license within first 4 months of employment
Proficiency with technology for research and
communications, including Microsoft
Office suite, and familiarity with Collections Management Software
A valid driver’s license is required
Must be able to work indoors in conservatory
conditionsandoutdoorsin all seasonal
Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand,
and walk for extended periods of time.
Mustbeableto workwithappropriate tools and machinery.
Note: Duties described above, other duties
and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by
the Americans with Disabilities Act.