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Gardener- for Conservatory Garden

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Job Summary:
The Gardener in the Conservatory Garden working under the general supervision of the Curator and Assistant Curators, provides all manner of care to the landscape, including ornamental plantings, hardscapes, fountains, and other architectural features, and provides support of the care and maintenance of all other landscape and hardscape areas within the assigned Gardens section. It is expected that the Gardener will work within and across the section, which may include providing support to Shakespeare Garden, and with other staff in Landscape Management to perform their primary tasks.

Job Description:

Technical Responsibilities

      Care for and maintain all plant beds and their surrounding landscapes, hardscapes, and perimeter in assigned section according to an established schedule to organizational standards

      Prepare landscape beds for planting. Plant annuals, perennials, bulbs, woody plants, and trees in compliance with approved design. Perform all manner of horticultural care, routine and seasonal maintenance on landscape plantings; woody, perennial and annual plants maintenance; hedging, cultivating, transplanting and pruning as necessary 

      Mowing, leaf-blowing, string trimming, irrigation, basic irrigation system maintenance (including emitter line), weeding, mulching, raking, sweeping, pruning, planting duties, maintaining ornamental fountain pools and other related duties

      Installs and repairs fence as needed and as directed

      Support waste management operation by picking up and performing proper disposal of trash in landscapes, paths, perimeter and gardens; empties trash cans as necessary; sweeps around benches, stairs and entryways

      Perform snow removal and ice mitigation on paths, entrances, stairs, perimeter and other hard surfaces with machines and physical labor to provide appropriate levels of access as per established organizational standards

      Maintain surface drainage by keeping catch basins and gutters free of debris during heavy rain storms and remaining snow and ice in the winter months 


Collaboration & Communication

      Assists in the preparation of special events as needed

      Works with volunteers and seasonal interns

      Cooperates with other staff within the department and other department personnel in completing assigned tasks 

      Displays the necessary initiative and dependability to work alone or in groups

      Interacts with Park patrons in a professional manner and answers plant identification questions 


Related Work

      Operate various types of equipment including utility vehicle, light or medium weight trucks and tractors, rototiller, mower, snow plow, snow blower and brush

      Maintain tools and equipment in good working order and report items that require repair

      Participates in all training sessions and seminars

      Daily reports of malfunctioning infrastructure, furnishings, safety hazards, quality of life issues 

      Perform related work as assigned  


Minimum Requirements 

1.      Two years of full-time gardening experience, including experience in each of the following: planting, cultivating and caring for trees and shrubs, perennial and annual plants, and lawns; or

2.      A certificate from a horticulture or botanic program containing college-level courses, such as programs offered by the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, etc., or 

3.      A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience that is equivalent to 1 above. Thirty semester credits from an accredited college, at least fifteen of which must be in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, plant pathology, botany, landscape design or architecture, entomology, forestry, floriculture, plant production and/or crop management, may be substituted for the one year of the work experience described in 1 above 

4.      Valid Drivers’ License that must be maintained for duration of employment 


Additional Requirements for Assignment to Gardener II

1.      A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience as described above that is

equivalent to 5 years’ experience; 

2.      Demonstrated competency of essential job functions 

3.      CPC Internal Candidates – A satisfactory performance evaluation during each year of employment. 


Abilities Required 

      Familiarity with local and ornamental plant species; demonstrated plant identification skills 

      Ability to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed

      Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions 

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CPC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.

Safety Requirements
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed