Career Opportunities

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Nursery and Greenhouse Manager

The Nursery and Greenhouse Manager will work with the Director of Horticulture and Facilities as well as the horticulture team to help acquire, evaluate and educate the public about superior garden and landscape plants. The Nursery and Greenhouse Manager will assist in leading the organization’s production, growing and sales operations. The Nursery and Greenhouse manager will have a unique opportunity to get better plants into the green industry as well as working with a progressive team devoted to improving horticultural products and practices in the region.

  • Seek out, acquire and grow a diverse slate of plants for display, research and sales
  • Develop and follow effective production schedules and protocols to insure production of the highest quality plants in a timely, cost effective and sustainable manner
  • Monitor and effectively control insect and disease pressure with an IPM program consisting of beneficial insects, fungi, bacteria and appropriate cultural controls
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of plant material on a POS system and coordinate inventory management to support both sales and display garden planting
  • Manage all of Yew Dell’s plant sales, orders, pickup and delivery
  • Work with Yew Dell’s gardens and arboretum manager to coordinate propagation and maintenance of Yew Dell’s permanent and seasonal collections
  • Manage the nursery and green house budget
  • Supervise part time, seasonal, intern and apprentice staff as necessary
  • Work with volunteers to accomplish goals in the nursery and gardens
  • Actively engage in committees with staff, board members and volunteers to effectively complete projects, events, and fundraising efforts
  • Provide occasional garden tours, lectures, classes and workshops
  • Interact with and help visitors to the gardens find or deepen their passion for plants and gardening
  • Teach workshops, present lectures, and contribute articles used to help educate the Yew Dell community
  • Actively network with other professionals around the country and internationally to elevate the position and visibility of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. 
  • Other duties as assigned
  • A two or four-year degree in horticulture or related field preferred or at least three years of experience in greenhouse and or nursery production
  • A passion for new plants and gardening and for sharing that passion
  • Working knowledge of nursery, greenhouse, irrigation structures and equipment and their operation
  • Experience in the operation of typical equipment including handheld power equipment, tractors and UTV’s
  • Efficient and productive work style to allow maximum efficient use of limited resources
  • Ability to work in a team collaborative organization with a desire to grow professionally and to help fellow team members do the same
  • 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 supervise volunteers, interns and seasonal gardeners
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs
  • Ability to acquire a pesticide applicators license
  • Valid Kentucky driver’s license or the ability to obtain one
  • Excellent computer skills and e-commerce experience a plus
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours as needed and work with team members to cover all required tasks throughout the production year
  • Must have transportation to attend meetings and various functions as required

Garden Assistant

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
  • 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
  • Work alongside the Garden and Arboretum Manager in updating plant records, maps, and display signage
  • Assist in the implementation of sustainable pest control measures in the garden spaces
  • 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