The Horticulture Apprentice (“HA”) position provides a hands-on and practical horticultural experience in a formal garden, greenhouse and cut flower garden setting. The HA will gain experience in a wide range of horticultural tasks, with some consideration given to the specific areas of interest and background of the successful candidate. The HA, working with the Head Gardener and others in the Garden Team, will be responsible for the maintaining the excellence of horticulture at Oak Spring with the main focus on the formal walled Garden and surrounding areas, including the formal greenhouse. The HA will receive opportunities to expand their experience in pruning, planting, cultivation and harvesting in garden, greenhouse, cut-flower garden settings, as well as the management of weeds and invasive species. The HA will also learn about overall garden management, and have opportunities to interact with staff working in other areas at Oak Spring, including the Arboriculture, Conservation and Landscape team, the Biocultural Conservation Farm team, the Communications team, the Library team and the Program Team.
· Work closely with the Head Gardener to ensure that the formal garden is maintained to a high standard and in a style that respects the principles established by Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.
· Proper care, treatment and ongoing maintenance of the formal garden, display greenhouse, production greenhouse, and adjacent spaces.
· Maintaining the formal garden including watering, planting, weeding, pruning, deadheading, mulching and propagation of cultivated species.
· Assisting with planting, removal and dividing of both annual and perennials, and also the cultivation of vegetables planted in the formal garden.
· Preparing planting beds and evaluating plants for overall health, including identifying and addressing problems with diseases and insect pests.
· Implementing and developing protocols to further improve horticultural practices at Oak Spring Garden by helping phase out unsustainable practices and introducing integrated pest management and the use of only environmentally friendly chemicals, organic materials and sustainable practices.
· Working with Garden Team on on-site composting and recycling of garden organic waste.
· Assisting with the ordering of supplies and materials for the Garden Team.
· Assisting with, and performing, tours of the formal gardens, formal greenhouse and act as a representative and ambassador of Oak Spring Garden for potential future employees, external guests, and others.
· Liaising with the Biocultural Conservation Farm to ensure that vegetables produced in the formal garden do not go to waste.
· Assisting with propagation of plants and seed collection, and contributing to the development of protocols for these processes.
· Other special projects as assigned by the Head Gardener
· Other duties as assigned.
· Relevant coursework or work experience in horticulture and landscape management.
· Ability to meet physical requirements of working outside, in varied weather conditions in a garden space.
Capacity to operate normal garden machinery
The Horticulture Apprentice (“HA”) position provides a hands-on and practical horticultural experience in a formal garden, greenhouse and cut flower garden setting. The HA will gain experience in a wide range of horticultural tasks, with…