The Gardener performs all levels of garden and grounds maintenance required to maintain the highest aesthetic standards throughout the property. The Gardener serves as a representative of Tryon Palace while engaging and interacting with visitors, volunteers, and special event guests. This position is responsible for general daily care of landscape and works to improve appearance of the gardens. Requires weekend work on a regular rotation and as needed for special events. Must be able to organize work schedule, determine priorities and maintain effective work relationships. This position requires the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
The purpose of Tryon Palace is to educate growing numbers of North Carolinians and visitors to this state about the contributions made by the inhabitants of New Bern and the central North Carolina coast to the history and culture of this state and the United States from the time of initial European-American contact through the nineteenth century. This mission will be carried out through historical research; acquisition, interpretation, and preservation of historic objects and buildings; re-creation of period room settings and gardens based on historical documentation; public outreach in the form of tours, symposia, workshops, and seasonal interpretation; and dissemination of historical information through staff presentations and by other means. All historical interpretation conducted as part of this mission shall be based on factual, balanced scholarship.
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rovide general daily care of landscape including trees, shrubs, and annual and perennial beds which includes detailed weeding, watering, fertilizing, mowing pruning, shearing hedges and applying pesticides. The Gardener prepares seasonal high-quality horticultural displays in assigned garden areas for public view. Maintains lawns, marl paths, sidewalks and mulched beds. Proposes planting plans, selecting culturally adapted and historical plantings, to improve appearance of the gardens. Contributes to educational quality & historical accuracy of horticultural exhibits. Answers public questions regarding gardens & plantings. Supports special events by preparing gardens & grounds for interpretive/educational events & third-party events. Provides customer service at bi-annual heritage plant sale and holiday Candlelight event.
Demonstrated knowledge in plant maintenance procedures used in landscape installation and garden maintenance. Demonstrated ability to observe and identify plants and plant problems; assess condition and health of plants, and propose solutions to problems. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in safe handling and application of pesticides and fertilizers. Demonstrated experience in plant maintenance such as pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, and spraying of plant material. Demonstrated experience in basic computer skills for research, record keeping and time entry. Must have a valid NC Driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment. Must have a valid NC Pesticide and Herbicide Applicators license or the ability to obtain one within 9 months of employment. Must be able to lift some heavy materials, perform repetitive manual tasks, and operate power equipment. Must be able to work on weekends on a regular rotation and as needed for special events. Management Preferences: Associate's Degree in Horticulture and two years of continuous garden experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Certified Plant Professional preferred.