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19 Jul 2022

Full-Time Horticultural Garden Supervisor

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

Job Description

Juniper Level Botanic Garden has one of the most diverse collections of unusual and rare plants in the world. As a private 28-acre botanic garden and plant research facility, we focus on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and propagation. We have an open position at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens for a Horticultural Supervisor as part of a fast-paced team. We are looking for a responsible, curious, flexible person with a keen passion for plant knowledge to join our team.


We are a family-owned company with a mission to support research, education and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants. We offer a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.


Job Description:

Work with Garden Curator and other Horticultural Supervisor to: supervise team of gardeners, interns and volunteers; develop strategies and increase work efficiency; and accomplish garden maintenance and curatorial projects at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Train and lead Garden crews of part-time staff, volunteers and interns to perform garden tasks (planting, raking, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilizing, lawn maintenance, plant removal, and other duties as assigned)
  • Provide feedback to Garden Curator about garden needs and work progress
  • Continually scout for problem areas in the gardens regarding weeds, dieback, pest pressure, pruning, stressed/declining plants, and irrigation needs
  • Work with Garden Curator in planting, transplanting and watering to establish plants in the Garden
  • Maintain good visitation conditions (clear/safe pathways and garden aesthetics)
  • Issue tools to garden staff and ensure their return to storage at day’s end
  • Take inventory of tools and supplies (garden tools, mulch, amendments…etc.) and work with Garden Curator to order as needed
  • Comprehend present and future needs to plan for efficiency in ordering of materials and assigning tasks
  • Apply chemical/biological controls as prescribed by the Garden Plant Health Specialist in the display garden
  • Turf Maintenance
    • Work with Garden Curator to apply appropriate fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals as needed
    • Monitor turf for pest/disease pressure
    • Monitor turf for overly dry/wet areas and work with Garden Curator to make corrections as needed
    • May assist in installation, repair and maintenance of irrigation systems
    • Work with Garden Curator to coordinate application of new grass seed each year
    • Coordinate annual turf maintenance with Garden Curator and Grounds Supervisor
  • Support Garden Team during seasonal Open Garden Days (8 weekends a year)
  • Other duties, as assigned


Job Qualifications:

Formal education in a plant science/horticulture-related field and/or extensive past experience in horticulture is preferred. Applicants with the following qualifications will be strongly considered:

  • Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License (or ability to obtain one)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated


Employee Classification: Salary, Permanent, Full-Time


Salary Range: Begins at $36,000-$39,000 per year



  • 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, and eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

How to Apply

Send cover letter & resume with a detailed description of work history along with 3 professional references to

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

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