Career Opportunities

Current position listings:

HORTICULTURIST – Lakeside Promenade (full time, non-exempt)
Reports to:  Curator of Children’s Discovery Garden and Lakeside Promenade
Supervisory Responsibility:  None
FLSA Status:  Non-exempt
Full-Time Position:  40 hours per week, health/dental/vision/retirement benefits, short-term and long-term disability insurance, paid holidays, paid time off

Position Summary:  The Horticulturist will work with the Curator and Lakeside Promenade horticulture staff to maintain high profile landscapes around the Visitor Center (VC), Administration Building, and Lakeside Promenade (LP).  This includes annual and perennial plantings, lawn areas, pathways, water features, and irrigation systems. This position will be expected to work alongside volunteers.

Primary duties of this position include: 

  • Maintain all VC and LP plant collections according to the planting design.  This includes weeding, pruning, mowing, string trimming, watering, hedging, mulching, deadheading, fertilizing, etc.
  • Assist in the maintenance of all VC and LP garden features, including paved and grit pathways, water features, and irrigation systems.
  • Works as part of a team to install new plantings and seasonal change-outs
  • Assist in the proper documentation of all new plantings, removals, and deaths, and also assist placing out accession tags and display labels.
  • Expected to use all garden tools and equipment in a safe and responsible manner.  Assists with regular equipment maintenance and promptly reporting equipment issues to supervisor
  • Expected to wear recommended PPE (personal protective equipment) including, but not limited to, hearing protection, safety glasses, gloves, or face shields while using specialty equipment.
  • Assist in IPM (integrated pest management), pest scouting, and disease prevention, including the use of pesticides and herbicides
  • Performs physical gardening work that is associated as part of a routine outdoor job in horticulture in the south-central U.S.
  • Assist in the setup and teardown of our holiday light display.  This includes wrapping trees with lights, constructing special features, and working the event- which can include evening and/or weekend shifts
  • Maintain and convey a working knowledge of ornamental plants, including trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials, annual bedding plants, and tropicals
  • Is expected to project appropriate professional abilities and behavior at all times as a full time staff member, including interacting with guests and answering questions for visitors
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Strong work ethic, self-motivation, and a positive attitude
  • Ability to follow instructions and work by yourself for extended periods of time, but also able to work as a vital part of our team during high workload seasons in the garden
  • Passion for gardening
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience doing gardening work – a degree in horticulture or a similar field is a plus
  • Comfortable using gardening tools for extended periods of time
  • Excellent plant identification skills
  • Able to diagnose plant problems and find solutions for them
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to lift and move up to 50 pounds
  • Able to operate basic maintenance equipment (mower, trimmer, leaf blower, etc.)
  • Able to work outside in all weather conditions typical to Oklahoma
  • Valid driver’s license in good standing
  • Valid Oklahoma Pesticide Applicator’s License, or able to obtain one, all horticulture staff are expected to maintain current certification while working at Tulsa Botanic Garden

How to apply:  Interested applicants should submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and list 3 references (contact information only) to Ellen Weatherholt via ellen@tulsabotanic.org.  Applications will be received through Thursday, September 30, 2021.

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 OPERATIONS ASSISTANT (full time)

Reports to: Director of Operations
Supervisory Responsibility: None
FLSA Status: non-exempt
Full-Time Position: 40 hours per week, garden membership, health/dental/vision/retirement benefits, paid holidays, paid time off,(sick, vacation, and personal leave).

Position Summary:
Tulsa Botanic Garden seeks a qualified individual for a full time Operations Assistant position. 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 organization, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma with 170 acres of land located in southeastern Osage County, 8 miles from downtown Tulsa. More information about the Garden can be found at www.tulsabotanic.org.

Primary duties of this position include:

  • Maintains existing turf areas, outdoor spaces around buildings, nature trails, fence lines
  • General maintenance of Garden infrastructure including buildings, small equipment, fences, etc.
  • Assists Horticulture team with installing new plantings, weeding, and other garden upkeep
  • Mowing, string-trimming, and brushogging
  • Applying both selective and non-selective herbicides
  • Maintain and repair gravel pathways in public and non-public garden areas
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisors

 

Required Skills, Experience & Education:

  • Friendly demeanor and positive attitude, “a team player”
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift 50lbs
  • Small power equipment, tractor, lawn mower operation and maintenance
  • Willing and able to work on ladder
  • Must have or be willing to obtain pesticide license (Garden will pay testing fees)
  • Experience with handiwork trade tools and equipment
  • Knowledge of general horticultural principles and landscape management techniques a plus
  • Standing for long periods of time, in typical Oklahoma summer heat and winter cold

 

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How to apply: Interested applicants should submit resume and list 2 references (contact information only) to Chad@tulsabotanic.org


 

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