Fruit and Nursery Gardener
Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is seeking a qualified candidate to care for the plants within the historic Fruit Garden and Nursery enclosure. The incumbent is the principle gardener with a concentration on fruit tree culture as well as other woody plants and vegetables. Applicant should be confident and knowledgeable in all phases of gardening, as well as current best horticultural practices.
Starts at $42,000
Open 365 days of the year, Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Over 96 million people have visited Mount Vernon since 1860, when the estate officially opened to the public. Today, Mount Vernon welcomes an average of one million guests each year.
The estate, gardens, and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Presently, an estimated 500 acres of this historic property have been painstakingly preserved along the banks of the Potomac River.
Duties & Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Curator of Historic Gardens and Landscapes manages all aspects and activities related to the Fruit Garden and Nursery.
Specific tasks include planning, planting and cultivation of vegetables, berries, woody plants and crops. Pruning and training orchard trees, harvesting, composting, mowing and trimming grass borders and repairing gravel paths.
Oversees care of all fruit trees in Orchard, Upper and Lower Garden and creates and implements pest and disease management program. Understands basic soil structure and soil health and the relationship to plant vigor.
Manages behind the scenes espalier nursery and grafts fruit trees as needed.
Capable of training espalier trees for use in the historic gardens and procuring appropriate scion and rootstock material for grafting.
Assess watering needs for new plantings and during dry spells or droughts, and irrigate when necessary.
Maintains accuracy to Washington’s life through appropriate plantings, stakes, and trellising.
Possess proficiency in the operation and maintenance of equipment and power tools.
Perform tasks with minimal supervision and make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
Educates and interacts positively with visitors by answering questions and speaking knowledgably about all aspects of the garden and orchard.
Maintain daily records of work activities for submission to monthly reports.
Stay up-to-date and informed on latest horticultural practices.
Practice and maintain safety standards and procedures in all work areas and assure others work safely as well.
Conducts all work in accordance with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association’s procedures and guidelines.
Be available for occasional weekend work as well as snow and ice removal and storm damage cleanup.
Perform other related duties as requested by immediate supervisor and carry out the completion of special assignments.
Education and Experience
A Bachelor of Science Degree in fruit and vegetable management is ideal. A minimum of a two-year degree in horticulture, or five years’ experience in a horticulture-related field, specifically focused on fruit tree care and cultivation.
Experience working in public gardens is preferred.
Team player who acts and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of cooperation and collaboration within the Horticulture division and throughout the Estate, with co-workers, management and volunteers.
Possession of or ability to obtain a pesticide operator’s license within the first 6 months of start date.
Experience in operating a variety of equipment, including assorted hand and power tools, chainsaws, electric and diesel gators, tractors, loaders, and dump trucks.
Ability to regularly walk up and down hills and across uneven terrain.
Able to drag, lift and carry heavy debris and watering hoses and load or unload heavy items from carts and other vehicles.
403(b) Retirement plan with employer matching
Employee recognition at 5 years of service
Monthly employee events
Employee referral program
Discount on Public Event Tickets
Discount in the Mount Vernon Shops
Discount at the Mount Vernon Inn and Food Court Pavilion
Health, Vision, and Dental insurance
Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance
Paid leave for Sick Time, Vacation and Holidays
Flexible spending account for medical care
Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to building and retaining a team that represents a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, performance, and qualifications without regard to race, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, gender/sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran and military status, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Mount Vernon will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
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