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Juniper Level Botanic Garden Manager

Juniper Level Botanic Garden has one of the most diverse collections of unusual and rare plants in the world. As a private 28-acre botanic garden and plant research facility, we focus on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and propagation. We have an open position at JLBG for the Garden Manager as part of a fast-paced team. We are looking for a responsible, curious, flexible person with a keen passion for plant knowledge and management talent to join our team.

We are a family-owned company with a mission to support research, education, and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants. We offer a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.

Job Description

The Garden Manager is a working supervisor position. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with the Director of JLBG to manage the collections, maintenance, staffing, personnel, communication, and outreach of JLBG.

Job Responsibilities:

Garden Maintenance

  • Manages all aspects of plant husbandry and living collection aesthetics including trimming, thinning, deadheading, weeding, and mulching in collaboration with the Garden Director.
  • Manages the maintenance of the path systems and general housekeeping within the garden area.
  • Manages irrigation for optimal growth and plant health - water use is coordinated with the needs of the nursery (in coordination with the Nursery Manager and the garden visitation and events schedule).
  • Manages the garden soil condition and fertility (soil tests and organic amendment applications or modifications are made as needed).
  • Coordinates seed and spore collection for the JLBG collection for use in production and for distribution.
  • Works cooperatively with the Plant Records/Taxonomist Specialist to ensure all garden plants are properly labeled.

Installations/Planting/Moving

  • Manages the installation of plants as directed.
  • Assists with recording and labeling of all newly installed plants as needed.
  • Ensures that all newly planted accessions are properly irrigated.
  • Relocates garden plants as directed.
  • Coordinates with Garden Director when plants need to be moved due to declining health or visibility.
  • Surveys for plants that may need to be relocated due to adjacent growth and communicates this to the Garden Director.
  • Manages the collection of plant materials from the garden as needed by the nursery or research when appropriate.

Staffing/Personnel

  • Collaborates with the Garden Director to recruit, coordinate, train, and supervise JLBG garden staff.
  • Collaborates with the Garden Director to recruit, coordinate, and supervise JLBG garden interns in collaboration with the Nursery Manager.
  • Collaborates with the Garden Director to recruit, coordinate, and supervise the JLBG volunteers.
  • Records and reports the JLBG volunteer hours worked.
  • Coordinates JLBG volunteers for open nursery/garden needs.

Communication

  • Along with the Garden Director, serves as the point of contact for all garden issues.
  • Promptly answers customer/customer service plant questions.
  • Maintains clear, concise communication with the Nursery and Research Managers to meet the plant needs of these departments.
  • Maintains clear, concise communication with the JLBG volunteers.
  • Communicates with appropriate staff in a timely manner.

Organization

  • Updates the Garden Director regularly on garden issues.
  • Works collaboratively with the Garden Director to prioritize the garden needs, weed management program, and schedules.
  • Maintains the divisional work lists up to date.
  • Maintains records with information on plant health, test results and other pertinent information in the JLBG database.

Outreach

  • Coordinates visitor and tour schedules and communicates with appropriate staff to ensure successful, educational, and enjoyable visits for groups.
  • Conducts garden tours as needed.
  • Instructs classes and presents lectures.
  • Represents the JLBG at outside events as directed.
  • Post on JLBG/PDN social media.
  • Organizes or assists in organizing events at JLBG in collaboration with other units.

Other duties as needed

Qualifications

Formal education in a plant science/horticulture-related field and/or extensive past experience in horticulture, particularly public garden management is preferred. Applicants with the following qualifications will be strongly considered:

  • Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License (or ability to obtain one)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated

Standard Business Hours:

Employee Classification: Salary Permanent Full Time
Compensation: Begins at $44,000 - $48,000 per year, commensurate with education and experience.
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send cover letter and resume with a detailed description of work history and 3 professional references to jobs@plantdelights.com


Outdoor Plant Health and IPM Technician

Juniper Level Botanic Garden was founded as a display and trial garden surrounding Plant Delights Nursery, a perennial plant nursery established in Raleigh in 1986.Today it has grown to have one of the most extensive perennial trialing programs in the country and one of the most diverse collections of unusual and rare plants in the world. As a private 28-acre botanic garden and plant research facility, we focus on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and propagation. We have an open position at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens for an Outdoor Plant Health and IPM Technician as part of a high-energy, fast-paced team in the Garden and Research divisions. We are looking for a self-motivated, curious, flexible person to join our team.

We are a family-owned company with a mission to support research, education and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants. We offer a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.

Job Description

Position is to oversee the plant health and collections integrity of all outdoor plantings, including the monitoring, researching, and treatment of all pests and plant health-related issues. Take appropriate and timely action to prevent damage to the Collections from weeds, insects and diseases.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate annual, reoccurring maintenance with Garden Manager and Research Supervisor
  • Scout and treat for weeds, insects, and diseases in garden beds and lawns
  • Alert appropriate staff of weed, insect, and disease issues
  • Determine best treatment options for each pest situation, always opting for biological/less toxic options
  • Record all pesticide treatments, results, and monitor efficacy in Excel log sheet and Collections' Access database
  • Submit pest and soil samples to the Pest and Disease Clinic at NC State as needed
  • Maintain a record of Clinic reports, both digitally and in paper form
  • Maintain a valid NC Pesticide Applicators license
  • Ensure all spray equipment is full functional, cleaned, maintained and available for use
  • Ensure pesticide shed is kept clean, tidy and free of chemical residue after mixing chemicals
  • Coordinate purchasing of all pesticides and IPM equipment for the Garden and Research divisions
  • Oversee vole control program, including notetaking, scouting and treating
  • Promptly monitor and treat fire ants throughout the property
  • Follow all legal pesticide requirements, including posting of 'Do Not Enter' signs, sending company-wide emails regarding treatment areas and REI, record chemicals used, and use of proper PPE (at least boots, mask, and long gloves/sleeves)
  • Supervise IPM Assistant and other trained staff in the application of chemicals and in proper safety protocols
  • Oversee Nematode Control Program
    • Scout and treat for foliar and root-knot nematodes
    • Treat and control nematodes appropriately and in a timely manner to prevent damage
    • Alert appropriate staff of foliar nematode issues
    • Coordinate cutback foliage as needed to eliminate infection
    • Work with Garden Manager and Nursery team to make sure Nursery propagules are tested for nematodes
    • Update Access database with IPM treatment and nematode testing results
    • Conduct research on efficacy of different foliar nematode control protocols
  • Turf Maintenance
    • Communicate and coordinate with Grounds Supervisor on mowing schedule to avoid conflicts between chemical treatments and mowing the lawn
    • Work with Garden Manager to apply appropriate fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals as needed
    • Monitor turf for pest/disease pressure
    • Monitor turf for overly dry/wet areas and work with Garden Manager to make corrections as needed
    • May assist in installation, repair and maintenance of irrigation systems
    • Work with Garden Manager to coordinate application of new grass seed each year
    • Coordinate annual turf maintenance with Garden Manager and Grounds Supervisor
  • Support Garden Team during seasonal Open Garden Days (8 weekends a year)
  • Other duties, as assigned

Benefits:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Company-matching Simple IRA
  • Paid Public Holidays
  • PTO and Vacation days

Qualifications

Formal education or extensive past experience in horticulture is required. Applicants with the following qualifications will be strongly considered:

  • Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License (or ability to obtain one)
  • Fit testing in the last year
  • Plant Science or Horticulture Degree
  • Horticulture experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated

Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, and eight Open Nursery and Garden sales weekends each year

Employee Classification: Salary Permanent Full Time
Compensation: Begins at $36,500 per year
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send cover letter and resume with a detailed description of work history along with 3 professional references to Jobs@PlantDelights.com


Horticultural Garden Supervisor

Juniper Level Botanic Garden has one of the most diverse collections of unusual and rare plants in the world. As a private 28-acre botanic garden and plant research facility, we focus on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and propagation. We have an open position at JLBG for a Horticultural Supervisor as part of a fast-paced team. We are looking for a responsible, curious, flexible person with a keen passion for plant knowledge to join our team.

We are a family-owned company with a mission to support research, education and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants. We offer a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.

Job Description

Work with Garden Curator and other Horticultural Supervisor to: supervise team of gardeners, interns, and volunteers; develop strategies and increase work efficiency; accomplish garden maintenance and curatorial projects at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Train and lead Garden crews of part-time staff, volunteers and interns to perform garden tasks (planting, raking, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilizing, lawn maintenance, plant removal and other duties as assigned)
  • Provide feedback to Garden Curator about garden needs and work progress
  • Continually scout for problem areas in the gardens regarding weeds, dieback, pest pressure, pruning, stressed/declining plants, and irrigation needs
  • Work with Garden Curator in planting, transplanting and watering to establish plants in the Garden
  • Maintain good visitation conditions (clear/safe pathways and garden aesthetics)
  • Issue tools to garden staff and ensure their return to storage at day's end
  • Take inventory of tools and supplies (garden tools, mulch, amendments...etc.) and work with Garden Curator to order as needed
  • Comprehend present and future needs to plan for efficiency in ordering of materials and assigning tasks
  • Apply chemical/biological controls as prescribed by the Garden Plant Health Specialist in the display garden
  • Turf Maintenance
    • Work with Garden Curator to apply appropriate fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals as needed
    • Monitor turf for pest/disease pressure
    • Monitor turf for overly dry/wet areas and work with Garden Curator to make corrections as needed
    • May assist in installation, repair and maintenance of irrigation systems
    • Work with Garden Curator to coordinate application of new grass seed each year
    • Coordinate annual turf maintenance with Garden Curator and Grounds Supervisor
  • Support Garden Team during seasonal Open Gardens Days (8 weekends per year)
  • Other duties, as assigned

Benefits:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Company-Matching Simple IRA
  • Paid Public Holidays
  • PTO and Vacation days

Qualifications

Formal education in a plant science/horticulture-related field and/or extensive past experience in horticulture is preferred. Applicants with the following qualifications will be strongly considered:

  • Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License (or ability to obtain one)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated

Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm, some Saturday mornings to oversee Volunteer crew, and eight Open Nursery and Garden sales weekends each year.

Employee Classification: Salary Permanent Full Time
Compensation: Begins at $36,000 - $39,000 per year
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send cover letter and resume with a detailed description of work history along with 3 professional references to JOBS@plantdelights.com JOBS@plantdelights.com


Core Gardener

Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a world-class botanic garden that boasts a collection of more than 30,000 different plants. It is also the home of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc., a mail-order perennial plant nursery that offers unique, rare, well-grown and properly named perennials to passionate gardeners around the world.

The Core Gardener will support the Garden Supervisory staff and the Garden

Job Description

Garden Maintenance Support

  • Perform horticultural maintenance, including weeding, raking, watering, fertilizing, and mulching
  • Identify plants
  • Assist with installing new plants in the Garden
  • Collect plant material for propagation
  • Assist with grounds maintenance, including creating and repairing new planting beds, grading, and construction projects
  • Repair irrigation
  • Operate machinery, including hand-tools, golf carts, and tractors
  • Help with Open House staffing, as needed
  • Other duties with garden staff as assigned

Curatorial Supports

  • Assist Garden Manager

    Qualifications

    Qualifications:

    • License: Drivers (Preferred)
    • Horticulture Degree (Preferred)

    Employee Classification: Hourly Permanent Full Time
    Compensation: $14/hour
    Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

    Send resume with work history jobs@plantdelights.com


    Seasonal Integrated Pest Management Specialist

    Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a world-class botanic garden that boasts a collection of more than 30,000 different plants. It is also the home of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc., a mail-order perennial plant nursery that offers unique, rare, well-grown and properly named perennials to passionate gardeners around the world.

    The Garden team at Juniper Level Botanic Garden is seeking a Seasonal Integrated Pest Management Assistant to help the IPM Specialist manage the health and safety of the plants in the Garden here in south Raleigh, NC (up to 40 hours a week, Monday - Friday).

    Job Description

    Duties:

    • Take appropriate and timely action to prevent damage to the Collections from weeds, insects, and diseases
    • Scouting and treating for weeds, insects, and diseases in garden beds and lawns
    • Scouting, treating for, and reporting stressed/declining plants to Garden Curator
    • Determining best treatment options for each pest situation, always opting for biological/less toxic options
    • Recording all pesticide treatments, results, and monitor efficacy in Excel log sheet
    • Submitting pest samples to the Pest and Disease Clinic at N.C. State as needed
    • Administering the vole control program, including scouting and treating
    • Treating for fire ants throughout the property
    • Following all legal pesticide requirements, including posting of 'Do Not Enter' signs, record chemicals used, and use of proper PPE (at least boots, mask, and long gloves)
    • Assisting with Nematode Control Program
    • Monitoring turf for pest/disease pressure
    • Monitoring turf for overly dry/wet areas
    • Other duties as assigned by IPM Specialist and Garden Curator

    We Are Looking For People Who:

    • Communicate Well
    • Think critically
    • Are responsible
    • Are respectful
    • Have an attention and respect for detail
    • Are excited to learn
    • Have experience with Microsoft Office Suite
    • Can work independently and are self-driven

    Qualifications

    Qualified candidates must be physically durable, have a tolerance for a wide range of outdoor weather (including the summer heat and winter chill of Raleigh, NC), have a good work ethic, a friendly personality, and be able to work well with others. Qualified candidates must also be able to lift 50 lbs. and pay attention to detail while working at a fast pace.

    Preference will be given to applicants with horticultural or garden experience and a Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License, but a passion to learn and gain more experience in the field of horticulture is more than welcome.

    Employee Classification: Hourly Seasonal Full Time
    Compensation: $13.00 per hour
    Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

    Please send cover letter jobs@plantdelights.com


    Looking for something else? Excited about what we do? Become a volunteer!

    Learn more about our volunteer program.

    Employee Classification: Volunteer Part Time
    Compensation: Exercise, fresh air, and the occasional free plant
    Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

    Email for more information: volunteer@jlbg.org