Ecological Health Care Horticulturist

Ecological Health Care Horticulturist
Organization Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Oct 31, 2021

Type of Position: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: Ecology and Horticulture Supervisor

Department: Horticulture

Summary:

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is seeking a reliable and highly motivated individual for a full-time position as Ecological Health Care Horticulturist.  The individual will work closely with the Ecology and Horticulture Supervisor to plan, monitor, and ensure proper implementation of the Conservancy’s Organic Program and assist in the care of The Greenway, a 100% organically maintained public park.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway’s 10 acres of lawn and plantings provide ongoing opportunities to shape the park’s horticultural experience.  Over the past 12 years, The Greenway Horticulture department has employed an ecological, 100% organic soils-based approach to plant healthcare.  The primary role of the Ecological Health Care Horticulturist will be to promote a healthy, functional ecosystem that can sustain and thrive in an urban setting.   

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, young organization and contribute to the operation of a premier and respected public urban park. The Greenway Conservancy is committed to providing a public park environment that is welcoming to racially, culturally, and economically diverse residents and visitors. You can read more about our mission, vision, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our website.

Responsibilities:

  • Take the lead role in the application of all EHC related products including; brewing and applying compost tea, liquid or granular products as soil tests and conditions dictate.  
  • Maintain all EHC equipment including a 100 gallon sprayer and attachments, brewer equipment, walk behind spreaders and backpack spreaders.  
  • Work with the Ecology and Horticulture Supervisor to adapt the Compost Tea recipe as well as source products based on soil tests.  
  • Create, manage, and update all Organic and Ecological Program data sets.
  • Manage the Scouting program by taking the lead role in identifying , monitoring, and recording all pest, disease, noxious weed issues, as well as beneficial insect activity within the park.
  • Collaborate with the Irrigation Technician and Ecology and Horticulture Supervisor in maintaining The Greenway’s irrigation system.  Including adjusting rates, managing clocks, and performing simple repairs to drip and lawn heads.  
  • Communicate within the Horticulture department and cross departmentally to create work plans, establish goals, set priorities, and communicate park issues as they arise. .
  • Assist the Horticulture Field Manager in training and overseeing the safe and effective completion of tasks performed by interns and volunteers.
  • Represent the Conservancy in a positive and professional manner when interacting with volunteers, the public, or other organizations. 

Skills and qualifications 

  • 3 or more years of Horticulture field experience required
  • Bachelor or Associate degree in Horticulture or related field preferred (relevant education and/or work experience may be acceptable).
  • MA hoisting engineer 2A/1C license preferred.
  • MCH and NOFA Organic Land Care (AOLCP) certifications are preferred.
  • Experience working with interns and volunteers is a plus.
  • Strong understanding of plant, soil, and insect interaction is required.
  • A working knowledge of GIS is a plus.
  • Demonstrated skills to include:
    • Strong attention to detail, excellent time management and organizational skills. 
    • Computer proficiency, specifically relating to Google applications.
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience working in a diverse and inclusive organization is a plus.
  • Must be able to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license in good standing
  • All incoming employees will be required to comply with the Conservancy’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Logistics

  • This is a full-time, (5 day/40 hour a week), permanent position
  • The work schedule is typically Monday through Friday, 7:30-3:30pm, but may include weekend, evening and holiday work as deemed necessary

Application process

  • Please email the following to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line
    • One page cover letter 
    • One page resume 
    • 3 professional references
  • The Greenway Conservancy invites and encourages minority group members, veterans, disabled individuals, women, and people of all gender identities to apply.
  • No phone calls, please

About The Greenway and the Conservancy

The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. 

To learn more about The Greenway and the Conservancy, please visit our website and blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Greenway Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression (including transgender) or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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