McCausland Natural Lands Horticulturist

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McCausland Natural Lands Horticulturist

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The Morris Arboretum enjoys the rare distinction of being one of less than 20 U.S. arboreta and botanical gardens that has met the rigorous accreditation standards of the American Alliance of Museums. Furthermore, the Morris Arboretum is on the National Register of Historic Places and is proud of its designation as The Official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Arboretum's actively curated collection of trees and plants numbers over 12,000. In addition, the Arboretum boasts a nationally recognized herbarium of over 40,000 specimens. As a key member of the Morris Arboretum Botany team, this position will contribute to the mission of this world class organization.

The McCausland Natural Lands Horticulturist (Natural Areas Section leader) is a professional level horticulturist and garden management position. This position is responsible for all garden-related tasks in the Natural areas and associated areas, which are the gateway to the Arboretum. These areas include the Compton meadows, Paper Mill Run riparian corridor, Wetland and adjacent plantings, and Penn's Woods. As Section Leader, the incumbent is the primary advocate for Arboretum garden areas under assignment and plays an active role in its physical development, staffing, and budget allocations. Responsible for maintaining specified standards of presentation that meet established institutional priorities. The successful applicant is required to become familiar with the plant collections, history and other pertinent characteristics of the section and be able to communicate that information to others in oral and written forms. Must be able to perform physically demanding tasks. This position recruits, trains and supervises interns and seasonal workers & also coordinates the horticulture and bluebird volunteers. Expected to interact with donors and professional societies. This position reports directly to the Chief Horticulturist and Director, Horticulture and Curator respectively.

A Bachelor's Degree in horticulture or a related plant science field plus 2 years to 3 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A valid PA driver's license is required, with experience operating gasoline powered machinery. The final candidate will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator's license within the introductory period. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff/volunteers. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven coaching & teaching skills, Previous writing experience highly desirable. Ability to fulfill the physical requirements of the position, which includes frequently lifting 25 lbs. or more.

Working Conditions: Exposure to chemicals; outdoor exposure to weather; high noise environment; high dust, dirt, grease environment; requires extensive safety training or protective devices; exposure to moving machinery

Physical Effort:Typically standing or walking, bending, crouching, stooping; intermittently sitting, standing, stooping; frequent lifting 25 lbs. or more; climbing ladders / scaffolds; using tools requiring high dexterity

Pay Range:
$17.58 - $31.65 per hour

Affirmative Action Statement:
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements:
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

Application available at:

University of Pennsylvania
Tony Aiello

Morris Arboretum
9414 Meadowbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Work Phone:
215-247-5777 x137




Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.