SEASONAL ASSISTANT HORTICULTURIST
Employment TypeJob (Part-time)
Mt. Cuba Center is a public garden that highlights the beauty and value of native plants to inspire conservation. Once the private estate of Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland, the gardens opened for general admission in 2013 and now spans more than 1,000 acres. It features captivating blooms along garden pathways in formal and woodland settings, picturesque meadows and ponds with stunning vistas, and more than two miles of scenic trails throughout its natural lands. Mt. Cuba is recognized as a leader in native plant research and open space preservation, having protected more than 14,000 acres in the mid-Atlantic region. Learn more at mtcubacenter.org.
Seasonal Assistant Horticulturist
The Seasonal Assistant Horticulturist is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities in support of the Horticultural Team for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center.
Assist the Gardens Team in maintaining the health and care of living plant collections by performing a variety of horticultural tasks including, but not limited to, site/soil preparation, planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and pruning
Maintain well-groomed and safe garden pathways and assigned areas that are free from debris, including snow/ice removal as needed
Assist other divisions with horticultural projects and activities
1 year of experience in the field of gardening or horticulture
Good working knowledge of gardening skills
Possess a strong interest in native plants, shrubs, and trees, and naturalistic gardening
Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
Must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing
Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of tools, vehicles, and small and large-engine equipment
Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
Basic computer skills and the ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
Requires moderate physical work: frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds
Please note this is a Seasonal, nonexempt position working a max of 1,000 hours per year with an average of 15-20 hours per week. A typical schedule will include working Monday – Friday with hours between 7am – 4pm; however, an alternative schedule that meets the candidate’s needs could be considered.
Mt. Cuba Center’s total rewards program includes competitive benefits, compensation, and perks. It is designed to promote transparency and strengthen our culture, values, vision, and mission. The compensation for our Seasonal positions is $16 per hour and perks include free admission to our garden, access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and more!
Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or need help applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland were visionary in their approach to conservation, and in their vision for Mt. Cuba Center. Mrs. Copeland summed up their ambition for Mt. Cuba Center in what has become our founding intention:
“I want this to be a place where people will learn to appreciate our native plants and to see how these plants can enrich their lives so that they, in turn, will become conservators of our natural habitats.”
Beyond the beauty of Mt. Cuba Center runs a deep river of purpose. We understand the importance of native plants and natural lands, and hope to impart that understanding to everyone who walks through our gates. It is not enough simply to observe beauty now. We must also protect it for future generations.
Our mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.