Work for one of the top botanical gardens in North America. The UC Botanical Garden is a non-profit research garden and museum for the University of California at Berkeley, having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres.

The UC Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Staff Positions

Job Title: Horticulturist (9723C)
Job ID: 25226
Full-time, Regular

Responsibilities

Horticultural Maintenance:
• Watering, fertilizing, mulching, amending the soil, weeding, pruning, raking, planting and other activities involved in cultivating plants
• Assessing the watering needs of collection through knowledge of drip and/or low volume and conventional irrigation systems; altering systems as needed.
• Recognize insect and plant pathogen problems within the collection and either alleviate the problem and/or mitigate any conditions that contribute to the problem using IPM methodology.
• Maintain the aesthetic or cultural style(s) appropriate for the collection through enhancement, supplementation and routine alterations of plant displays within horticulturists’ areas.
• Initiate requests to nursery propagator for re-propagation of existing plant material and new seed acquisitions in order to maintain the integrity of the Garden collections.
• Work with and direct volunteers, students, and interns.
• Perform construction and reconstruction projects which includes path and road work, resurfacing and grading paths with road base; repairing rock work, bed edging, and stairways; keeping paths, roads and streams clear of debris; controlling erosion in planted and traffic areas with berms, water bars, drainage systems, application of jute, etc.
• Use garden equipment, including but not limited to pick-up truck and van (which may be used off-site as assigned), go-cart, chipper/shredder, power weed cutters, rototiller, and caterpillar.

Curation:
• Maintain plant information (records), conservation of plant collection, and collection development.
• Initiate requests (coordinated with the Curatorial office) for taxonomic updates, revisions, and/or determinations for plants and their areas.
• Recordkeeping duties to include mapping, initiating record change forms, plant removal forms, and label requests.
• Maintain plant labels in assigned area(s).
• Participate in approved collection travel to scout collection sites, voucher specimens, and collect seeds and other material from worldwide sources. Maintain accurate and detailed field notes.

Area Development:
• Initiates improvements and development of assigned area(s). Routine development is performed with a high degree of independence involving continuing evaluation and reassessment of plantings, revising the planting schemes, replanting, library research, acquisition of plants, and improving displays for enhanced interpretation and/or horticultural success.

Education:
• Work with IB 112 students in Horticultural Methods class.
• Participate in volunteer training and interpretation of assigned areas for volunteers with both tours and/or written materials.
• Assist and participate in the preparation of interpretive materials and the acquisition of plants to illustrate educational themes
• Assist with public outreach programs, as needed.
• Writing articles for Garden publications and/or botanical or horticultural journals is encouraged.

Professional Development:
• Attend professional meetings, seminars, and symposia to promote personal and professional growth at the discretion of Garden management and consistent with Garden scheduling priorities.

Miscellaneous Duties:
• Assist at Plant Sales and other fund raisers.
• Weekend staffing responsibilities
• Other independent and team duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelors degree in Horticulture or equivalent experience.
• Working knowledge of basic landscape maintenance, including various irrigation systems operations, troubleshooting and repair. • Ability to work independently, set and meet objectives, and coordinate objectives with other members of the staff.
• Familiarity with the establishment/maintenance of natural community based gardens.
• Ability to maintain accurate records and to research collection acquisitions and their horticultural requirements through botanical literature.
• Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff, volunteers and the public.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must.
• Ability to perform hard physical labor lifting up to 100 lbs on occasion.


Job Title: Assistant Horticulturist (9724C)
Job ID: 25545
Full-time, Regular

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Assistant Horticulturist is to assist the Museum Scientists/Horticulturists in maintaining the integrity of established garden collections and ecological plantings. The basic responsibility, under direction, is to maintain the health and attractiveness of the diverse living collection and to provide labor support to Horticulturists in achieving these goals. The duties of the Assistant Horticulturists are more basic than those of the Horticulturists, and require previous experience with horticultural methods, including some experience with basic curatorial methodology and some propagation skills. The Botanical Garden’s plantings are dynamic and constantly changing. Therefore, these plantings require continual assessment, replanting, and development. Assistant Horticulturists provide physical support for the work of the horticulturists in evaluating and developing their assigned collections in consultation with garden management, the Curator, and the Educational Program.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelors degree in Horticulture or equivalent experience
• Working knowledge of basic landscape maintenance, including various irrigation systems operations, as well as basic greenhouse maintenance techniques.
• Ability to carry out and meet objectives in coordination with other members of the staff.
• Familiarity with the establishment/maintenance of natural community based gardens.
• Ability to maintain accurate records.
• Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff, volunteers and the public.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must.
• Ability to perform hard physical labor lifting up to 75 lbs on occasion.


Job Title: Groundskeeper (8133C)
Job ID: 25381
Full-time, Temporary

Responsibilities

The scope of this position is working on the UC Botanical Garden’s grounds, including lawns, stairs, paths, irrigation systems, retaining walls, set ups, etc. Primary responsibilities are of a daily nature. Work directly impacts approximately 30 staff, 200 volunteers, students, and the public. Maintains and improves grounds, equipment, and tools.
• Assist horticulturists with rock work; irrigation and irrigation repair; building and maintaining paths, roads, and wooden and stone stairs; garden bed maintenance and preparation; spreading mulch, procurement of supplies and equipment.
• Assist on an as-needed basis on special projects as assigned including but not limited to plant sale, event and rental setup and support, etc. Assist other staff on special projects.
• Maintain lawns and lawn edges.
• Operate trucks and power equipment; maintains tools.
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

• Able to understand and execute basic gardening and groundskeeping techniques and turn them into practical application within the UCBG.
• Able to anticipate and communicate material and equipment needs in order to facilitate timely and orderly work completion.
• Ability to maintain and utilize gardening materials and equipment with minimal waste.
• Be able to anticipate and communicate challenges prior to moving forward and completing non-functional directions to avert or minimize negative impact on overall project completion.
• The incumbent will need to understand the policies and basic operating principles of the UC Botanical Garden.
• Understanding of and ability to apply basic groundskeeping and gardening principles. Operate assorted power and hand tools.
• Able to anticipate and communicate material and equipment needs in order to facilitate timely and orderly work completion.
• Ability to perform required skills and demonstrate required areas of knowledge.
• Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with diverse group of people.
• Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines.
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision as well as work well as a team member.
• Ability to be detailed oriented and dependable.
• Ability to generate equipment and materials lists in a written and legible format.
• Ability to maintain accurate records of small purchases.

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