The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell Botanic Gardens is alive with plants, purpose, and a presence that truly distinguishes the university among its peers. Our maturebotanic garden,arboretum, and diverse network ofnature preserveshelp make Cornell one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere. Our leadership in environmental conservation and education is helping protect native species and habitats in Cornell Botanic Gardens' natural areas, throughout the region, and beyond.
This position is full time (39 hours) for 8 months and half time (20 hours) for 4 months. Work under the general direction provided by the Director of Horticulture, care for the gardens in the Botanical Garden surrounding the Nevin Welcome Center as well as gardens located in the F.R. Newman Arboretum and occasionally, throughout all Cornell Botanic Gardens program areas. Collaborate with the horticultural staff to maintain gardens and ensure that Cornell Botanic Gardens high aesthetic standards are met. Monitor plant health on a regular basis to determine if fertilizing and watering are adequate and to determine nutritional disease or insect problems that should be reported to the IPM Team. Oversee the work of student interns and horticultural volunteers. Support and participate in educational programs through collaborations with other staff on demonstrations, classes and tours. Assist with snow removal as needed during the standard work week. Occasional weekend hours for snow removal or plant watering required. Ensure that all protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. Substantial manual labor is involved, requiring physical fitness and awareness of safety issues.
High school degree and formal training of 4 to 5 years of directly related work experience in a nursery, landscaping business or public garden required. Demonstrated horticultural skills. Must know plant nomenclature and be knowledgeable regarding a wide range of herbaceous and woody plants. Requires physical fitness and must be able to lift heavy objects, and move more than 75 pounds. Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license. Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently to accomplish required tasks to achieve departmental objectives. Ability to operate light-duty equipment including small-scale power equipment such as roto-tillers, chain saws, and tractors. Must be personable and flexible, and take pride in their work. Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of constituents such as students, visitors, coworkers, supervisors and faculty. Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, visitors, and other constituents. Must be willing to work under varying climatic conditions (heat, cold, precipitation, etc.). Applicants must have the ability and willingness to work in an environment that utilizes pesticides as a plant management tool. May be required to report to work outside of the regularly scheduled shift to address Cornell Botanic Gardens time-sensitive operational needs, or to assist with departmental emergencies, or to deal with issues of public safety.
A.A.S or Bachelor's degree preferred; formal training in horticulture desired. Prior experience overseeing seasonal or temporary staff is desired. ISA Certification ; Pesticide Applicators License
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