Serve as the horticulturist/gardener providing skilled gardening assistance to the zone gardeners of the Washington National Cathedral. This horticulturist rotates throughout the various garden zones as needed, helping to maintain and care for ornamental beds, trees, and shrubs, as well as the overall appearance of zones.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Consults with Horticulture Director and zone gardeners to determine the most pressing gardening needs on the close each week, then concentrates on assisting the zone gardener to meet the identified needs.
- Maintains ornamental beds by mulching, weeding, raking pruning plants.
- Recognizes and reports pests and diseases in a timely manner.
- Recognizes and reports problems such as wilting, leaf scorch, or nutrient deficiencies
- Recognizes and responds to water demands of plant material.
- Operates all equipment and tools safely and properly.
- Follows proper techniques of soil preparation, plant installation, and pesticide application.
- Keeps hardscapes in area blown, edged, and cleaned. Keeps drains and catch basins clear.
- Shovels snow, spreads sand and salt, and safely operates snow removal equipment.
- Identifies planting areas that could be improved and shares ideas with the zone gardener and Director of Horticulture.
- Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- One year of experience in public gardening including landscape and grounds maintenance and/or degree in horticulture or related field preferred.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record, and be capable of operating all vehicles safely.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Knowledge of plant materials, proper maintenance techniques, and horticultural practices.
- Understanding of Integrated Pest Management techniques
- Ability to work well within a diverse and multicultural workforce
- Good interpersonal communication and literacy skills
- Ability to work as part of a team with little or no supervision
- Basic computer skill required
- Must be able to work on feet for extended periods of time and to lift, carry and push at least 30 lbs. and work in inclement weather including extreme cold and heat, high winds, rain and snow
(202) 537-5661; or mail to Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, Human Resources Department, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016-5098. EOE.