Career Opportunities

Lakeside Promenade Horticulturist (full time, non-exempt)


Reports to:  Horticulture Manager 

Supervisory Responsibility:  None
FLSA Status:  Non-exempt

Full-Time Position:  40 hours per week, health/dental/retirement benefits, disability insurance, paid holidays, paid time off 

Salary Range: $32,000-$35,000 DOE


Position Summary:  The Lakeside Promenade Horticulturist is part of a team of employees responsible for the maintenance and care of planting beds (consisting of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and tropical/seasonal displays) and decorative containers around the Garden campus including the Lakeside Promenade, adjacent spaces to the Visitor Center and Administration Building, and other garden areas as needed.


Primary duties of this position include:

  • Maintains existing planting beds, outdoor spaces around buildings, nature trails, and walkways through weeding, pruning, hedging, deadheading, fertilizing, mulching, etc.
  • Mows lawn areas, applies herbicides, and string-trims weeds
  • Works as part of a team to develop and install new plantings and seasonal change-outs
  • Assists with maintenance and upgrading of irrigation systems
  • Assists with equipment maintenance and general shop and “back of house” cleaning and organization
  • Assists in pest management and disease prevention, including the occasional use of pesticides
  • Performs physical gardening work that is associated as part of a routine outdoor job in horticulture in the south-central U.S.
  • Working with Plant Recorder, this position properly documents all plantings, removals, deaths, and changes to existing planting beds
  • Assesses plants for diseases, pests and implements IPM (Integrated Pest Management) schedules assigned by Horticulture Manager
  • Maintains and conveys a working level knowledge of ornamental plants, including trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials, annual bedding plants, and tropical
  • Be available for occasional travel locally and regionally for continuing education and professional development opportunities.
  • Is expected to project appropriate professional abilities and behavior at all times as a full time staff member



Required Skills, Experience & Education:  Qualifications for this position include a 2-year or 4-year degree in horticulture or a closely related field, or at least 2 years’ experience working in a recognized public garden or similar venue.  Knowledge of general horticultural principles, landscape management techniques, botanical nomenclature, and ornamental plant identification (annual bedding plants, bulbs, tropical tender perennials, hardy herbaceous perennials, shrubs, roses, hardy and tropical flowering vines, and trees) is crucial.  Experience with irrigation systems is desired.  Must be able to work with volunteers.


Applicants must be able to work outdoors under environmental conditions typical to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Abilities to lift 50 pounds and handle typical landscape maintenance equipment (small tractor, mowers, tillers, string-trimmers, pruning/cutting equipment, hand tools) are critical.  Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing.  Occasional use of pesticides will be required, and candidate will be expected to obtain and maintain an Oklahoma certified pesticide license. 


How to apply:  Interested applicants should submit a Cover Letter, Resume and list 2 references (contact information only) to Cynthia Robinson via  Applications will be received through Friday, August 7, 2020.


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Visitor Services Associate (part time, non-exempt)


Reports to: Member Services Coordinator
Supervisory Responsibility: None
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Part-Time Position: Not to exceed 25 hours per week, no benefits.


Position Summary: This position acts as a frontline ambassador for Tulsa Botanic Garden with a focus on creating enjoyable and positive experiences for all visitors, while also efficiently handling hourly and daily work duties. Visitor Services Associates work at the Garden from 9:30AM to 5:30PM Tuesday through Sunday, MUST be available on Thursday evenings (until 8:30PM) and on other special occasions.


Tulsa Botanic Garden seeks a qualified individual for an exciting, part-time position entitled “Visitor Services Associate.” Applicants for this position will join a team of dedicated professionals working diligently to build a dynamic new botanic garden for Tulsa, Green Country, and beyond. Tulsa Botanic Garden is a growing 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Tulsa, Oklahoma with 170 acres of land located in southeastern Osage County, 8 miles north of downtown Tulsa. More information about the Garden can be found on the Garden's website or Facebook page (@tulsabotanicgarden)


Primary duties of this position include:


  • Processing all admission transactions and functions; handling cash and credit transactions with a high level of accuracy and according to established policies; reconciling cash drawer at the end of the day 
  • Greeting and orienting Tulsa Botanic Garden guests and providing information about the Garden, including its features, programs, and ongoing development
  • Opening and closing of Visitor Center and/or other facilities (including the Mabee Grange), including locking and securing of all gates, doors, etc., adjusting HVAC controls, preparing and cleaning facility/ies for visitors and volunteers
  • Answering questions about Garden memberships, providing information, taking payments, and forwarding information as needed for follow-up by other Garden personnel to guests
  • Serving as an ambassador for the Garden at outreach events
  • Gathering feedback from visitors to share with management while working to solve daily issues
  • Assisting with event functions during special events
  • Occasionally working with volunteers
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications for this position include:


  • Excellent customer/visitor service relations, with prior work experience in this sector preferred
  • Friendly demeanor and positive attitude
  • Understanding of point of sale (POS) transactions on a computer system
  • Flexibility of schedule to work shifts including weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Basic math, computer, and cash handling skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Familiarity with the outdoors and/or gardens would be favorably considered
  • Excellent verbal communications skills
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Multi-tasking and organizational abilities
  • Flexibility and capability to adapt to changes in daily routine and to visitors’ needs
  • Intermittent standing and walking required
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds


This position reports directly to Tulsa Botanic Garden’s Member Services Coordinator. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter explaining interest in the position, a current resume, and 2 references via email to


No phone calls please.




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