Arboretum Horticulturist

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Compensation: $54,000

Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, CT 06320


This is a Continuing full-time, 52 weeks per year appointment with full benefits. The successful candidate will manage the horticultural operations and plant collections of the Connecticut College Arboretum including the Native Plant Collection, Caroline Black Garden, greenhouse and managed / natural areas. Ensure collections and landscape maintenance is performed to a high standard using horticulture/ arboriculture best practices, ecological land management principles and integrated pest management approaches. Serve as a member of the leadership team aligning departmental performance with the mission of the Arboretum. Salary range is $54,000.  


  1. Supervise, train, develop and evaluate the Arboretum Groundspersons
  2. Maintain ornamental plants, trees and a variety of botanical specimens to include planting, watering, pruning and fertilizing; supervise the preparation of soil and potting media; inspect botanical specimens for insect and disease control and take corrective action
  3. Supervise the propagation and maintenance of adequate supplies of varied plants for academic courses, research projects and ornamental purposes
  4. Plan and develop techniques and devices for more efficient greenhouse and nursery operations; promote outside interest in the greenhouse facilities and arboretum through special programs
  5. Assist in plant collection curation
  6. Provide pest and weed management/control for the greenhouse and outdoor plants
  7. Provide trail and vegetation management in Arboretum Natural Areas and Managed Areas.
  8. Confer with faculty, students and research personnel to determine planting needs and resolve special problems
  9. Lead and participate in educational programs, workshops, classes and tours
  10. Prepare budgetary recommendations; maintain supply inventories and operational records
  11. Stay current with new horticultural research, developments and techniques
  12. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected


  • Knowledge of plant care and propagation normally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program in horticulture, plant and soil science, botany or a related field and 4 – 5 years experience.
  • Current driver’s license and pesticide applicator’s license or arborist’s license.
  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Operation of typical landscape and greenhouse maintenance equipment, pesticide application equipment and chemical handling.
  • Ability to build and sustain key relationships with students, volunteers, researchers, staff and faculty members.
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to set priorities and keep to deadlines.

Contact Information

Connecticut College Arboretum
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