130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
The Atlanta History Center is looking for a highly motivated and results oriented professional to fill the position of Horticulturist.
The Horticulturist is an entrepreneurial, collaborative, team oriented individual that is resourceful and prepared to lead. This individual’s primary responsibility is installing, and establishing and maintaining the Entrance Gardens, the first impression of the Goizueta Gardens, throughout the year. This area covers the entire frontage along West Paces Ferry Road and includes Veteran’s Park, Courtyard Garden, parking lot landscape and McElreath Hall plantings.
The successful candidate will be a strategic and innovative thinker, as well as a self-starter who demonstrates strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills and energy, creative vision, and a sense of humor and charisma; has strong organizational and analytical ability, in addition to a positive attitude and human relations orientation; is an articulate and persuasive communicator, both verbally and in writing; is goal-oriented and able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet myriad deadlines; and possesses a strong sense of personal and professional integrity with the ability to exercise authority and accept responsibility.
The successful candidate must be able to work independently, while consulting with the VP Goizueta Gardens and Living Collections on a consistent basis and must demonstrate capacity to make sound recommendations in a fluid environment. The successful candidate must be able to perform all essential job functions accurately and efficiently; be willing and able to develop and maintain professional and positive working relationships with supervisors, staff, managers and constituents of the Atlanta History Center team; be able to exercise tact and diplomacy; work with tight deadlines; and produce first-rate, highly accurate work, with meticulous attention to detail; uphold ethical standards and comply with all state and federal laws and company policies and procedures.
Responsibilities & Duties:
- Assist in all aspects of the entrance gardens soil remediation process: sowing seed, tilling, cutting back, soil testing
- Be lead horticulturist for installation of the new entrance garden
- Establish this newly planted garden through diligent observation of new plantings, watering and weeding
- Fine-tune the newly installed irrigation system as the garden becomes established and assist in any repairs or changes
- Keep hedges clipped and even while growing them on to their necessary size
- Perform all garden maintenance tasks including planting, weeding, pruning, deadheading, training, watering, mulching and soil improvement practices
- Learn all plants in assigned area, their names and specific cultural needs
- Create a plan for regular fertilization and soil tests as necessary
- Keep records of any chemical applications (fungicides, pesticides, fertilizations, etc.) on the Gardens calendar
- Keep records of any approved changes to plant material (plantings, removals, relocations, major prunings, dead plants, etc.) and deliver to the Curator
- Ensure all plants have accession and display labels; notify and assist Curator with any discrepancies
- Assist with team effort to create an Integrated Pest Management program, including scouting for pests and diseases, pest identification and recommendations for control, applying herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or other products as necessary
- Learn about the history and significance of all the gardens and collections and be prepared to answer visitor questions and lead tours
- Be observant and report back any horticultural, technical, animal, safety or other concerns promptly
- Maintain pesticide training and apply chemicals to garden or natural areas as needed
- Practice proper tool usage and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensure that volunteers also use proper safety techniques
- Behave and communicate in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork, cooperation, flexibility and tact within our division and throughout the AHC, with co-workers, management, donors, volunteers, visitors and employees
- Work across departments to prepare for institutional events
- Utilize methods of best practice with landscape hand-held and power equipment, including blowers, mowers, tillers, weed-eaters, saws, pruners, sprayers, etc.
- Perform other maintenance tasks as necessary, including raking paths, general fountain maintenance, leaf and snow removal, path maintenance, and removal of litter and debris
- Support general gardens operations and promotion by performing tasks with methods of best practice
- Assist with other projects as needed
- Associates or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field from an accredited college or university or demonstrable equivalent in training and experience
- Minimum three years hands-on professional experience; Public Garden experience preferred
- Demonstrated communication skills including effective oral/speaking skills and writing skills
- Must be able to sustain moderate physical exertion with full range of body motion for lifting up to fifty pounds
- Must demonstrate a history of working independently and in a group setting
- Ability to work in all weather conditions
- Valid driver’s license
- Fluency in English
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
Background Check Requirements:
- Satisfactory criminal background check required.
- Satisfactory MVR background check required to drive company truck
Minimum Education Required