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Thank you for your interest in working at The Garden. We currently have the following one staff position available:

  •  Landscape & Grounds Maintenance Technician

We also have opportunities for Internships and volunteering at The Garden. Some details are listed below the staff openings. If you have any questions, please call us for information on getting started. Call (619)660-0614; use ext. 10 for staff positions and ext 21, for internships.

Staff Job Opening

Landscape & Grounds Maintenance Technician

Classification

Part-time, hourly; non-exempt ($12-$14 p hr)

Summary

This is a skilled level Gardener-Maintenance classification. Performs grounds keeping and building maintenance duties for the cultivation and care of the landscaping, facilities and grounds at The Water Conservation Garden. This part-time position reports directly to the Director of Horticulture and Facilities may require evenings and weekends. It is not uncommon to help with event set-ups, visitor plant questions, janitorial duties, and/or working with volunteers. General hours are Tue -Sat or Sun – Thu 7:45-4:15 pm including some potential evening and holiday shifts.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Landscaping care and proper pruning trees and shrubs, mulching, weeding, etc.
  • Knowledge of horticulture and plant identification
  • Irrigation installation and repair
  • Jack-of-all-trades aptitude with construction and building materials such as carpentry, AC/Heating, Electricity, concrete/paver projects, etc.
  • General garden clean up being pro-active with trash removal, pressure washing, and post event clean-up
  • Janitorial duties for buildings, facilities, restrooms, etc.
  • Set up and break down of Garden events, weddings, festivals, etc.
  • Lead volunteers and docents in Garden projects

 

Education & Experience Required

Plant Identification with a minimum of two years of landscape installation, maintenance, or equivalent. College degree preferred with a concentration of horticulture or related field. High school diploma or GED with equivalent experience of above requirements acceptable. Certifications/Licenses: Valid CA driver’s license, reliable transportation.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, techniques, skills, materials, and methods of landscaping and maintenance of all types of landscaping
  • Time management is essential and comfortable with multi-tasking
  • Ability to determine the kind of tools and equipment needed when working independently using power tools, chainsaw, power edger, weed whip, blower, sprayer, hand tools, and ability to drive a variety of vehicles including gator, golf cart
  • Ability to work in safe and efficient manner
  • The ability to work with a wide range of ages and personalities in a positive manner

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Preferred

  • General horticultural experience
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word for reporting and information access
  • First Aid and CPR certification a plus

 

Working Conditions

Work to be performed mostly in an outdoor environment. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to exert physical operations requiring but not limited to sitting, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, and hearing; lifting and carrying of tools and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Workplace is non-smoking and drug-free. Weekend and evening hours required.

Additional Qualities

Analytical Thinking – Job requires strong analyzing information and using logic and common sense to address non-supervised work-related issues and problems.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility – Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation – Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas and answers to work-related problems.
  • Team Player – Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Working with others to achieve the greater goal and being understanding and helpful on the job
  • Dependability – Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations
  • Integrity – Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Advise customers on plant selection or care.

 

Working Conditions

Work to be performed mostly in an outdoor hot environment. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to exert physical operations requiring, but not limited to: sitting, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, and hearing; lifting and carrying of tools and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Workplace is non-smoking and drug-free. Weekend and evening hours required.

Supervision

Received: Director of Horticulture & Exhibits / Given: None

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About The Water Conservation Garden

The mission of The Water Conservation Garden is to inspire positive change in the living environment through the conservation of water and other natural resources.

The Water Conservation Garden has nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. The Garden also features a native butterfly pavilion that is open spring and summer each year. Please visit our Exhibits page for more information.

Employment at The Water Conservation Garden

It is the policy of Water Conservation Garden to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the Water Conservation Garden to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon the employee’s reporting for the first day of work, an individual will be expected to present proper documentation establishing employability.

Internships

The Garden offers internship opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in education or horticulture. Interns will learn skills from The Garden’s expert professional staff and will gain a strong practical background to support their area of study.

Education Internships

Nature Tour Guide

Share your love for the outdoors and teach kids in nature! We are seeking talented  individuals to conduct fieldtrip tours as part of Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Fieldtrips at The Water Conservation Garden and assist in classroom related responsibilities. Completion or current enrollment in college-level classes required, or prior experience as an educator.  Please see the links below for description of the internship and the application.

Internship Description

Application – Nature Tour Guide

 

Tuesday Habitat Crew (High School Internship)

Get involved in citizen-science by collecting data from the Habitat Garden and prepare education materials for the Ms. Smarty-Plants™ youth education program. The Habitat Crew meets every Tuesday during the school semester from 3-4pm at The Water Conservation Garden.  Please see below for link to application.

Application – Tuesday Habitat Crew

For more information, please contact Jillian Quint at 619-660-0614 x21.

           

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