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Gardener

Company: The Horticultural Art Society
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

The Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs is a non-profit, member-supported organization that maintains three public gardens within a city park. The gardens include the Heritage Garden, the Demonstration Garden, and the Pinetum, all located in historic Monument Valley Park.
We are looking for a friendly, hardworking, knowledgeable and self-directed person who loves gardening and interacting with others. Being a seasonal position, working hours are 40 hours/week during the growing season (April – October), and 20 hours/month during the off-season (November – March).
RESPONSIBILITIES
Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Plant, transplant, and routinely care for a wide variety of annuals, perennials and shrubs; water and fertilize as needed; weed, prune, groom, stake, and deadhead plants to maintain an attractive garden appearance.
Coordinate and manage the HAS garden volunteers: supervise volunteers in garden activities and instruct volunteers in workplace safety and best practices.
Interact with the public: interface with visitors to the gardens and exhibit welcoming, positive and professional behavior when answering questions and providing information to the public.
Prepare presentations occasionally and conduct garden tours. Interface with City employees as needed as well as with representatives of other organizations.
Provide budget input and provide a monthly Gardener's Report.
Maintain HAS garden assets such as the irrigation system, hoop-house, tool sheds, hand tools, equipment, etc. and ensure the security of HAS assets.
SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE
Know the names of plants in the gardens and how to effectively grow these in the Pikes Peak region.
Recognize disease and insect problems of woody and herbaceous plants. Utilize the City's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices.
Understand and be able to implement All American Selections (AAS) and Plant Select programs.
Understand propagation of plants as needed.
Demonstrate sound financial practices and decision-making.
The HAS Gardener is expected to:
· Prioritize activities to best meet the goals of HAS
· Collaborate with Board, City employees, and others to meet the goals of HAS
· Support the decisions of the Board
· Adapt well to a changing environment
· Communicate clearly, both in writing and orally
· Adhere to the HAS Code of Conduct, and behave professionally and respectfully
Physical Abilities and Working Conditions. Performing gardening tasks may involve:
· Regular lifting and carrying of 10-30 lbs.
· Pushing, pulling, stooping and bending, kneeling
· Always putting safety first
· Maintaining awareness of weather conditions and adjust accordingly.
Starting pay will be based on experience, education and training of the successful candidate.
This position is subject to a background check and drug test. The HAS Gardener and HAS volunteers work in a drug-free environment.
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