The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 107 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including NHM at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—is looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking a Horticulturist for our Operations department. The Horticulturist works closely with the Manager of Horticulture to provide skilled maintenance of the Edible Garden and other garden areas as assigned, at the Natural History Museum using sustainable landscape practices. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.
-Propagates and plants fruits and vegetables in Edible Garden area, maintains soil fertility through composting and amending; trains, prunes, harvests, fruits and vegetables.
-Plans for seasonal changes, selects plants and seeds appropriate for each season.
-Assume responsibility for prioritizing daily care for assigned garden displays. Work with Manager, Horticulture in identifying and scheduling tasks regularly and reviewing completed work.
-Safely operate and maintain hand tools and small machineries such as string line trimmer, lawnmower, and chainsaw. Communicate any issues or repairs needed.
-Assist with monitoring and treating plant health problems. Make recommendations for removals and replacements to the Manager.
-Train and supervise volunteers and interns who help care for the garden displays.
-Minimum two-year technical degree in horticulture, landscape management, or closely related field.
-Minimum of two years experience in organic edible garden maintenance. Will consider a combination of education and work experience.
-Knowledge and experience with using and maintaining a wide range of gardening tools and equipment.
-Thorough and current knowledge of principles, best practices, and techniques of horticulture and landscape maintenance, particularly sustainable practices.
-Knowledge of a diverse range of landscape ornamental plants grown in Southern California and their needs. Familiarity with California native plants a plus.
-Ability to program smart controllers and repair irrigation systems.
-Basic experience using a personal computer with MS Office and its Word, Excel, and Outlook functions.
-Must be able to work flexible hours including some evenings, holidays, and/or weekends.
-Position starts at $18 hourly.
A cover letter, current resume, and a list of 1-2 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates please visit www.nhmlac.org/careers-our-museums and click the link of the position for which you are interested or go directly to the online application.