Thank you for your interest in working at The Garden. We currently have one open staff position:
Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Technician. Read more about this position below.

For information about our internship programs, check for information following this staff position.
For information about volunteering at The Garden visit our Volunteer page.

Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance Technician

Job Summary

This is a skilled level Gardener-Maintenance classification. Strong irrigation experience a must. Perform landscape maintenance, construction, and building maintenance duties for the cultivation and care of the landscaping, facilities and grounds at The Water Conservation Garden. This full time, multi-faceted position reports directly to the Director of Horticulture and Facilities and requires a strong initiative-taking individual who is available to work both weekdays and evenings, as well as weekend shifts.

Primary Responsibilities

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Irrigation installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Landscaping maintenance duties, and jack-of-all-trades approach with construction projects, light electrical, carpentry, and equipment repairs.
  • Knowledge of horticulture and plant identification and proper planting of flowers, trees, shrubs
  • Proper application of soil amendments and fertilizers
  • Ability to prune tree limbs that are posing a danger
  • Trim and prune shrubs, pull weeds, rake, mulch, etc.
  • Communicate well with the public and have strong customer service skills
  • Perform minor repairs and maintenance procedures on equipment utilized in grounds-keeping
  • Set up, monitoring, and break down of Garden events
  • Perform routine maintenance duties such as applying plaster, fixing fountains, and other duties
  • General garden clean-up and upkeep of restroom facilities
  • Administrative: 5-10 hours of administration and organizational duties to include computer/office  skills including:  Excel, Word, Outlook, and Google Calendar


  • Knowledge and ability to determine the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. Ability to use power tools, power tiller, power edger, weed whip, blower, sprayer, tractor, ability to drive a variety of vehicles including gator, golf cart, etc., and basic hand and power tools.
  • Ability to perform minor maintenance of grounds-related equipment. Ability to work in safe and efficient manner
  • The ability to work with a wide range of ages and personalities in a positive manner
  • Lead volunteers and docents in The Garden’s needs

Minimum Requirements

Education: High school diploma or GED Experience, one-year landscape or grounds related work OR one-year light general maintenance. Certifications/Licenses: Valid CA driver’s license.

Additional Qualities

  • Analytical Thinking – Job requires analyzing information and using logic and common sense to address 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 challenges.
  • 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, dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity – Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Expertise – Job requires the ability to advise customers on plant selection or care.

Working Conditions

Spends majority of time outdoors; frequent exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures for one hour or more. Possible exposure to distraction and noise levels.

Physical Requirements

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.

The Landscape Maintenance Technician will take direction from and report to the Director of Horticulture and Facilities.

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 reporting for the first day of work, an individual will be expected to present proper documentation establishing employability.

How to Apply for This Position

Download an application below or pick one up at The Garden’s Gift Shoppe.
Email your completed application and resume to

Or drop off your resume and application at The Garden’s Gift Shoppe.


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