Horticulture Technician

Horticulture Technician
Organization Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Job Type Seasonal
Application Deadline Mar 31, 2024

Type of Position: Full-time, 9-month-seasonal, non-exempt

Reports to: Ecology and Horticulture Supervisor

Department: Horticulture

Salary: $22.00 hourly 

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Rose Kennedy Greenway, seeks a Horticulturist to join our team. The Conservancy’s team of horticulture professionals care for nearly 17 acres of vibrant green space and extensive gardens including formal gardens, meadows, and native plantings, in the heart of downtown Boston using ecological and organic practices. The Conservancy has been a pioneer in ecological horticulture; among the first in the nation to care for a public park completely organically.

The Greenway Conservancy is committed to providing a 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.

Summary of Duties

The Horticulture technician will use best ecological and organic practices to assist with maintaining the landscape plants on The Greenway.  This position reports to the Ecology and Horticulture Supervisor; supports the Senior Horticulturist and Designer; and helps to realize the vision of the Director of Horticulture.  The primary duties of the Horticulture Technician is to support the Horticulturist and help to maintain gardens and landscape in the park.  This position also contributes to the success of events and engagements in the park; and provides content for Outreach and Marketing to help highlight horticulture and ecology on The Greenway. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the year-round Horticulturist to maintain and perform general horticultural tasks, such as: planting, pruning, weeding, watering, mulching, etc; maintain and make irrigation repairs.
  • Contribute to weekly and seasonal planning. 
  • Assist with regular weekly and corporate volunteers during projects; ensure tools, equipment and other materials are accounted for after each engagement. 
  • Follow safety policies and promote an overall culture of well-being and good health.
  • Help to maintain tools and equipment in good working order; training is available; report any damage or missing items.
  • Maintain clean and organized work spaces and vehicles.
  • Help to maintain the nursery area and plants for projects.
  • Engage with visitors and support a positive experience on The Greenway.
  • Communicate effectively with others.
  • Collaborate with and support other departments.
  • Additional tasks as requested to help maintain the park and landscape.

Skills and Qualifications

  • One (1) year experience, two (2) is preferred, working in horticulture, gardening or landscape maintenance. 
  • Horticulture or related education, training or certification is beneficial for the position.
  • Knowledge of New England landscape plants is helpful for this role.
  • Horticulture accreditations are helpful; development opportunities are available.
  • Ability to work productively independently, and as part of a team.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers, a plus.
  • Interest and knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion is valued by The Greenway.
  • Ability to engage and support a wide variety of people.
  • Valid US driver’s license in good standing.
  • Knowledge of computer applications is beneficial; training is available.

Logistics

  • Essential and on-site assignment with work-life balance opportunities.
  • Full-time, 5-days and 40 hours-per-week position.
  • Work week is Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 3:30pm with paid 15-minute morning and 45-minute lunch breaks.
  • Must be able to work outside in all types of weather; rain and winter outfitting is provided.
  • Must be able to safely lift up to 50 lbs.
  • May be stationary and experience changes in position for periods of time.
  • Safely ascending to various heights is part of the work experience.
  • Recording observations are included in daily operations.
  • All incoming employees are required to comply with the Conservancy’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
  • The accepted candidate will be required to have a successful completion of a CORI background check.

Compensation and Benefits

  • The starting hourly compensation for this position is $22 per hour; scheduled overtime (1.5 x rate/hr) to support work plans is possible on weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • The Greenway Conservancy offers competitive benefits including: 
    • Medical and dental insurance (Conservancy pays 80% of premiums and 100% of the medical deductible).
    • Vision insurance.
    • Short and long-term disability, life and AD&D insurance (Conservancy pays 100% of premiums). 
    • 16 paid vacation days, 13.5 paid holidays, 7 paid sick days annually.
    • Simple IRA with 3% employer match after 2 years of employment.
    • Pre-tax commuter benefits.
    • Branded workwear is provided, including short and long sleeve shirts, hats, sweatshirt, winter jacket and rain gear.
    • Free/discounted admission to many cultural organizations in New England.

Application process

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

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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