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Menla Head of Horticulture & Landscaping Position at Menla Retreat Center - 14493

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Menla Head of Horticulture & Landscaping Position
Menla Retreat Center
375 Pantherkill Road
12464 Phoenicia , NY ,
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Job Description: 

Menla is known for its beautiful organic gardens, providing healthy food to our kitchen and guests. We are on a 330 acre site in a secluded valley, in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Our campus is 70 acres with 24 buildings. We have .75 acres producing vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, berries, and a wide variety of both cultivated and wild and medicinal plants. Our gardens and grounds are one of the faces of Menla, and their beauty and care is an important part of our culture and tribute to the land. Our Head of Horticulture for the past 7 years is moving on, and we are looking for a “Zen Gardener” who brings a sense of spirituality to the work at hand.

This position is full time April 1 - Nov 1, possible PT work through the winter months for the right candidate. Possible very affordable year-round on-site housing for the right candidate.

This is not a 9-5 job. 35-40 hours/week required. We understand that there needs to be flexibility built in to the position to work with weather and available assistance (for example when there is a work/study crew or volunteers) Pay for a residential employee starts at $17 an hour. Pay for Local applicants starts at $20 an hour.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Responsible for :

High yield production 3/4 acre of vegetable/flower/culinary herbs/berry gardens for use in the kitchen from seed starting to harvesting to putting the garden to sleep
Maintaining and improving landscape beds throughout the property, using deer resistant plants
Clearly communicating budget needs
Floral arrangements for use in the reception area and dining areas
Indoor plant care
Seasonal container flower plantings
Continued ecological restoration work, removal of invasive species and maintaining areas which have been cleared
Interacting with guests who enjoy the gardens and grounds, including garden tours when appropriate
Working with the maintenance and kitchen team to ensure robust compost system stays strong


A 600 SF glass greenhouse
Two small sheds and plenty of tools
A garden truck
You will be part of maintenance team, and we have a wood/metal shop, onsite mechanic and heavy equipment operator
Understanding of the Catskills ecosystems is a plus

Education & Experience: 

Essential Attributes & Skills :

5-10 years of growing diversified organic production
Integrated pest management knowledge
Strong aesthetic, tidy
Able to work in difficult climate conditions (rain, cold, heat, humidity)
Able to lift 50lbs, bend, kneel, twist, reach
Able to drive a large truck
Flexible and resilient
Able to live in a remote valley in a region with no cell service (though we do have high-speed wifi)
Friendly, enjoys engaging with a wide range of visitors into the gardens
Basic hand tool skills, fence repair and small repairs as needed
Able to organize volunteer projects and instruct volunteers with little skill and no experience
Self-motivated and responsible, able to work independently
Strong observation skills, ability to assess needs of a particular project, and solve in a sustainable manner
A desire to continually learn and ability to research specific issues around horticulture and ecology as needed

Application Instructions: 

Email resume and cover letter to or apply though our website at

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Volunteers/Volunteer Management