Join our team!
Under the direction of the Garden and Arboretum Manager the Garden Assistant helps to maintain Yew Dell’s diverse array of nationally recognized display gardens and plant collections. The Garden Assistant will work and interact with other staff, volunteers and the public in support of the institution’s guiding mission of sparking a passion for plants and gardening through accessible science and inspiring beauty.
- Assist in the care and maintenance of Yew Dell’s display gardens and plant collections
- In collaboration with the Garden and Arboretum Manager, plan, install and maintain seasonal garden displays and permanent plant collections
- Train, supervise and work with volunteers and lead occasional volunteer workdays
- Provide occasional garden tours lectures, classes and workshops
- Assist in updating plant records, maps, and display signage
- Assist in the implementation of sustainable pest control measures
- Field horticulture questions and inquiries from the public
- Assist with Yew Dell community programs and events
- Other duties as assigned by the Garden and Arboretum Manager
- At least three years of experience in horticulture and/or garden maintenance or other related fields
- A passion for gardening, new plants and sharing that passion with the public
- Ability to operate and maintain a variety of power equipment such as rotary tillers, backpack blowers, tractors, golf carts, manual transmission vehicles etc.
- Ability to be on foot for long periods of time and lift up to 50 pounds
- Efficient and productive work style to allow maximum efficient use of limited resources
- Openness to and enthusiasm for learning new techniques, products and approaches
- Ability to work well with other Yew Dell staff, board, committee members and volunteers
- Ability to effectively lead volunteers, interns and seasonal gardeners
- Must have or be able to obtain a Kentucky pesticide applicator license
- Must be willing to work non-standard hours as needed
- Must have transportation to attend meetings and various functions as required