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17 Mar 2023

Full-Time Core Gardener

Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens – Posted by PDNsauls Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

Job description

Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a world-class botanic garden that boasts a collection of more than 30,000 different plants. It is also the home of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc., a mail-order perennial plant nursery that offers unique, rare, well-grown and properly named perennials to passionate gardeners around the world.

The Core Gardener will support the Garden Supervisory staff and the Garden Curator in maintaining Juniper Level Botanic Garden collections’ integrity and high-quality maintenance standards. This is accomplished by assisting in timely, accurate, and thorough weeding, mulching, cutting back, deadheading, and other maintenance duties; as well as working with seasonal garden staff to maintain and update garden areas.

Qualified candidates must be physically durable, able to lift 50lbs, have a tolerance for a wide range of outdoor weather (including summer heat), have a good work ethic, a friendly personality, and be able to work well with others. Qualified candidates must also be able to pay attention to detail while working at a fast pace, exhibit critical thinking skills, and can think through complex processes. Candidates with a Bachelors in a Plant-related field preferred. This position is available to applicants that can commit to 40 hours a week.


Garden Maintenance Support

  • Perform horticultural maintenance, including weeding, raking, watering, fertilizing, and mulching
  • Identify plants
  • Assist with installing new plants in the Garden
  • Collect plant material for propagation
  • Assist with grounds maintenance, including creating and repairing new planting beds, grading, and construction projects
  • Repair irrigation
  • Operate machinery, including hand-tools, golf carts, and tractors
  • Help with Open House staffing, as needed
  • Other duties with garden staff as assigned

Curatorial Support

  • Assist Garden Curator and Plant Records Supervisor with curation tasks, including labeling, planting, nursery digs, and plant identification
  • Other duties with garden staff as assigned


  • License: Drivers (Preferred)
  • Horticulture Degree (Preferred)

Compensation: $14/hour

Employee Classification: Permanent Full Time (Non-Exempt)


  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Company-matching Simple IRA
  • Paid Public Holidays
  • PTO and Vacation days

Standard Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $14.00 per hour


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Job Categories: Other. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Horticulture/Agriculture.

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