Arboretum Full-Time Horticulturalist
West Laurel Hill & Laurel Hill Cemeteries have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Horticulturalist/Professional Gardener. With 187 acres, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, located in Bala Cynwyd, is an active historic cemetery, premier urban green space, and an accredited arboretum featuring over 3,000 specimen trees and shrubs. Laurel Hill Cemetery, located in Philadelphia, also features an impressive historic plant collection on a 78-acre National Historic Landmark and arboretum. As a member of APGA and the Greater Philadelphia Gardens, and an ArbNet accredited Arboretum, The Arboretum at Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries aims to be among the premier gardens of the region by managing a mature and varied tree/shrub collection and maintaining horticulturally significant gardens.
The Horticulturalist will be responsible to oversee annual and perennial gardens in both cemeteries. Primary responsibilities include garden design and installation, perennial maintenance, shrub and small tree pruning, and fall and winter garden preparations. Gardens are primarily located around buildings and entrances and will also be maintained at certain gravesites. West Laurel Hill also has a green burial section, which is maintained as a natural successional woodland. The Horticulturalist will work closely with the Arboretum Manager to maintain beautiful gardens in both cemeteries throughout the year. This individual will be expected to manage interns and seasonal labor and will be encouraged to pursue education on the cutting edge of fine horticulture.
The ideal candidate should have strong time management skills and be able to work outside independently in all types of weather. A minimum of three years of experience in horticulture is required. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred or education in horticulture and/or garden design. Experience with GIS, landscape architecture, and ability to teach classes and lead tours is also preferred.
This is a full-time position reporting to the Arboretum Manager and starts March 4. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Interested applicants please send resumé and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.