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Plant Production Assistant

Job Title

Plant Production Assistant

Job Qualifications

Essential Functions:

Maintain proper cultural conditions for plants in production, including watering, fertilizing, pruning, and weed control, in the greenhouses, nurseries and outdoor-container areas.

Assist with plant propagation and the collection and distribution of propagules. Transplant seedlings, plugs, and containerized plants.

Assist with the maintenance of nurseries by performing the following duties: bed preparation, planting, digging, cultivating, mowing, and fence maintenance.

Provide turf mowing in nurseries and at Arbordale production facility.

Assist with plant labeling and record keeping.

Assist with Members’ Plant Sale.

Assist with maintenance of plant production facilities and equipment, including plant container washing and the seasonal covering and uncovering of hoop houses.

Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

High school diploma required. Interest in growing woody and perennial plants, and in learning cultural techniques used in greenhouse and nursery production required. Previous horticultural work experience is not necessary. Ability to operate machinery and equipment used in nursery and greenhouse management. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report.

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All Arboretum employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer – disability/veteran.