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Garden and Grounds Supervisor, Chihuly Garden and Glass—1/22/18

Applicants should visit Chihuly Garden and Glass and use the careers link to apply.

General Position Summary

The Garden and Grounds Supervisor sets the standards for skilled gardening work such as planting, transplanting, cultivation, pruning, and general care of plant materials and landscaped areas. This position performs skilled horticulture practices and landscaping activities such as IPM and other plant and soil health initiatives. This supervisor is responsible for effective planning, organizing, and supervising of the garden, grounds, and custodial team to ensure the entire exhibition, including internal and perimeter grounds, achieve and maintain the established standards for cleanliness, presentation, and overall guest experience.  This position directs the daily functions of the garden and grounds team, including scheduling and payroll.  Additionally, this position seeks opportunities to enhance the visitor experience.

Essential Functions

Work requires knowledge of standard methods, materials, procedures, tools, and equipment associated with landscaping, gardening, and custodial work. Persons allocated to this position use judgment in interpreting various conditions and applying guidelines and choosing the proper method to complete the work.

  • Transplants, prunes, and maintains a variety of plant materials including trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and seasonal plantings. Prepares, plants, and maintains planting beds.
  •  Creates and implements IPM focusing strongly on organic and sustainable practices and materials.
  •  Monitors and maintains irrigation systems.
  •  Effectively supervise and oversee all operations of the garden, grounds, and housekeeping team.
  •  Oversee lead(s) and frontline team member to ensure that work is assigned appropriately, completed in a timely manner and that the quality of work performed achieves established standards .
  •  Assist crews with daily tasks as needed.
  •  Ensure that the safety of all our Team Members and Guest remains our number one priority.
  •  Ensure all garden, grounds, and custodial departmental equipment is maintained for operational safety and extended life duration throughout intended daily utilization
  •  Ensure that garden, grounds, and custodial team members for Chihuly Garden and Glass are in accordance with all Washington State labor laws and company established break policies.
  •  Maintain working knowledge and train the garden, grounds, and custodial team members on emergency operations procedures , in collaboration with Chihuly Garden and Glass Security.
  •  Work with the Facilities Management team and HR department to participate in staffing regarding hires, terminations, promotions and disciplinary actions in accordance with companies policies for the garden, grounds, and custodial departments.
  •  Provide annual and probationary performance reviews for all garden, grounds, and custodial team members.
  •  Oversee garden, grounds, and custodial inventory. Monitor supplies and equipment as needed, ensuring adequate supplies are on hand for successful operations of each department.
  •  Plan, develop, and supervise deep cleanings as needed.
  •  Supervise seasonal and supplemental plantings in the garden.
  •  Work with Exhibitions department to lead tours, programs, and workshops.
  •  Provide content to Marketing and PR as requested. Promote garden as directed by Marketing and/or Garden & Grounds Manager.
  •  Provide input on all aspects of budgeting for the Finance department, including the development of the yearly budget and controlling expenses.
  •  Plan, monitor and track departmental expenses and labor within budget parameters.
  •  Maintain all interior and exterior cleanliness standards.
  •  Ensure that all Chihuly Garden and Glass policies are adhered to within the garden, grounds, and custodial departments.
  •  Maintain and schedule repairs to garden, grounds, and custodial equipment.
  •  Develop and maintain relationships with key vendors to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget scope.
  •  Consult with other agencies to determine viable ways to conserve resources, improve efficiencies.
  •  Act as a liaison with all state, county and local officials with regard to permits and inspections, ensuring that the company is in compliance with all rules and regulations as they relate to the business.
  •  Continually research and implement green initiatives to maximize efficiencies.
Other Responsibilities
  • Prepare clear and detailed reports/summaries of project as requested.
  •  Maintain organized records and drawings of jobs, buildings, equipment and projects.
  •  Completes payroll
  •  24/7 accessibility by phone or email in the event of emergencies.
  •  Keep an up to date emergency contacts list for the garden and grounds department.
  •  Minor building maintenance
  •  Performs any reasonable task as assigned by Management
 Education,  Experience and Skills Required
  • At least 2 years supervisory experience.
  •  Degree in Horticulture, Landscape Management, or related field or equivalent working experience.
  •  Familiar with housekeeping best practices and equipment.
  •  Successful completion of industrial first aid training.
  •  Time management skills need for proven and effective use time for daily tasks, project completion and overall efficiency.
  •  Commitment to and experience in fostering a positive company culture.
  •  Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  •  Ability to troubleshoot and devise creative solutions to problems.
  •  Proven project management skills.
  •  Ability to obtain bids and work with vendors on a wide variety of projects simultaneously.
  •  Financial skill to manage within a budget. Proven success with budget management and implementation.
  •  Knowledge of and ability to enforce company and departmental policies.
  •  Knowledge of expected life cycles of maintenance equipment.
  •  Able to consistently meet deadlines.
  •  Ability to work a varied schedule, which may change regularly, including evenings, holidays and weekends.
  •  Strong organizational, motivational and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  •  Ability to work as a member of a team.
  •  Familiarity with computers and common business applications - Excel, Word, etc.
  •  Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  •  Must be able to climb, squat, crawl, kneel, reach and lift up to 50 pounds, work with tools and machinery, talk, and hear.
  •  Must have the ability to enforce company and departmental policies.
  •  Strong organizational, motivational and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  •  The vision requirements including close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  •  Must be comfortable at high elevations and in close quarters
  •  Current Washington State driver’s license

Kait Ryan, Garden & Grounds Manager, Space Needle + Chihuly Garden and Glass

Apply today online!

Horticulturist, GardeningGaGa—1/19/18  

Small, residential garden design/install/maintenance company, Gardening GaGa, needs an experienced horticulturalist. This could be a full or part time position. You must be familiar with a wide range of ornamental plants/shrubs/trees and be able to lift 50 pounds or more. You MUST be able to work independently or in a team. We do grunt work some days and fine gardening other days. Some of our gardens are small and ordinary, but some are estates that require confidentiality agreements. You need to be ok with it all. Everyone does all aspects of all the work we have. You need to be willing and able to go to ALL of our gardens (Seattle, North of Seattle and Eastside), we do have vehicles that are sometimes available for use, but it would be best if you had your own vehicle to take to job sites. I provide most tools (leaf-blowers, power-trimmers, etc.), but require that you provide your own hand tools.

This is a year around job for the right person. I can give you as many hour per week as you would like. I will ask for a trial run (paid) of working with us for a day before hiring, to make sure everyone gets along. We are a small company and need a team member who works well with us. Starting wage is $18/hr for a training period of up to 3 months depending on your experience and initiative—and then $20-$22 DOE thereafter. We offer paid days off, accrued sick time and paid vacation for full-time employees.

Please send a resume that includes your horticultural and other background/interests to gardeninggaga@comcast.net

Molbak's Retail Nursery—1/10/18  
Landscape Foreman, Garden-Design Services

Landscape Foreman:  the name says it all!  Molbak’s Landscape Foreman will be an integral part of growing our new landscape installation business, building our client list, and establishing landscape and design best practices.  The Landscape Foreman will manage crew members, giving direction and guidance to plant trees, shrubs, and flowers, build water features, construct hardscapes (including retaining walls, patios, arbors), and install irrigation systems and low voltage lighting, all based on design layouts created by our talented design consultants.  A broad knowledge of plants and their local environmental needs is a must.  As part of the Molbak’s Garden Center team you will receive great product discounts and exclusive employee-only specials.  This is a tremendous opportunity to join one of the Northwest’s premier brands and to grow a fast paced new business.  If this sounds like an adventure worth pursuing, please apply.

View the complete job description, including information on how to apply.

Landscape Crew Member-Design Services

Do you enjoy rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty? Being outside, especially in the sunshine?  Molbak’s has an opportunity for you on our Landscape Team!  We are looking for Landscape Crew Members to help with our upcoming spring planting season.

 Must haves

  • Able to be a great team member
  • Positive can do attitude
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Able to stand, walk, bend and move most of the day
  • Lift/carry 25 – 50lbs throughout the day
  • Valid driver license with clean driving record
  • Enjoy having different duties throughout the day

Bonus Points if you have

  • Prior experience in plant installation and maintenance
  • Experience in Hardscapes, irrigation and low voltage lighting
  • Pacific Northwest plant knowledge
  • Knowledge in sustainable landscape practices

What we will do for YOU

  • Provide an iconic place to work
  • Allow you to succeed every day by providing great training
  • Great work life balance
  • Reward you with employee only discounts and specials
  • Fun, friendly and inviting staff
  • Grow each day just like our plants

View the complete job description, including information on how to apply.

Retail Nursery Staff—Gray Barn Nursery 1/8/18

Gray Barn NurseryThe Gray Barn Nursery in Redmond is looking for seasonal help for the 2018 season. Our retail staff are responsible for all areas of the nursery including, but not limited to-

  • cashier
  • customer service- including helping customers select plants, loading purchases, plant identification and disease diagnosis, etc
  • unloading delivery trucks
  • tagging and putting out plants
  • watering, cleaning plants, weeding and overall inside and outside nursery maintenance

Our staff is a small group and need new employees to be able to adapt fast, be eager to learn and work well with others. We are looking for full and part time employees who share a love of plants, people and learning. Applicants should be capable of lifting a minimum of 30 pounds by themselves and have some retail experience.

Application Instructions

Please pick up an application at the nursery or print one at Pacific Topsoils and return it to the Gray Barn Nursery.

Contact Information

Gray Barn Nursery 20871 Redmond Fall City Rd, Redmond, WA 98053

(425) 898-8265
graybarn@pacifictopsoils.com

Pruning Specialist—Lonnson Arbor Care 12/7/17
Hort job postingPosition Information

No of Openings:  1
Work Schedule:  Daytime hours
Hours per Week:  40
Wage/​Salary:  Competitive
Employment Start Date:  ASAP

Job Description

Local small business looking for pruning specialist. We are a pruning service specializing in residential trees and shrubs. Pruning and/or horticultural experience preferred. Competitive salary. Full-time. A great job for those wanting to learn arboriculture.

Qualifications Required

Pruning and/or horticulture.

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter and resume to lonnson@yahoo.com

Garden Maintenance—Cambium 12/7/17
Position Information

No of Openings:  1-3
Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 7:30 until 4ish, Hours per Week:  40
Wage/​Salary:  $13.50 and up
Employment Start Date:  January 5th, 2018

Job Description

Entry level position. We work throughout the Seattle and Bellevue metropolitan areas tending to some of the most interesting and beautiful residential gardens. Our clients range from 500 square feet gardens to 10 acre garden landscapes. We handle all aspects of garden care from seasonal annual planting and perennial care to small tree care, mulching and pressure washing. We are looking for motivated and knowledgeable individuals who really enjoy working in gardens, seeing the seasonal progression of the garden and being a part of something greater. 

Qualifications Required

Entry level positions requires the ability to lift 80#s, safely work with machinery (lawn mowers, blowers, line trimmers, power shears, etc), identify and pull weeds, rake, dig/install plants, follow direction, work quickly and efficiently all day long and in all weather conditions. Looking for individuals that fulfill these base line requirements with at least 1 full year of relevant landscape experience. Lead positions require the above in addition to the ability to effectively direct crews, paying attention to details in the garden, significant plant ID and care knowledge, drivers license and cleaning driving record. While following direction and work orders provided by the Maintenance Division Manager. 

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of interest, relevant work experience or resume to Jerome@cambiumlandscape.com

Visit the Cambium Landscape website for more information.

Groundskeeper—The Bush School 12/5/17

Full Time - salary based on experience

 The Bush School is in search of an individual to join our Facilities team to be the Groundskeeper.

A qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and tasks as listed below
  • Working knowledge of plants, trees and grounds maintenance, irrigation, pest and weed control
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lift and move 75lbs
  • Be a team player with a “Can Do” attitude as well as the ability to work independently
  • Be self-motivated and goal oriented
  • Be punctual and have attendance be a priority
  • Previous experience in a school is preferred
  • Experience with lawn maintenance equipment
  • Clean and make minor outside repairs
  • Perform minor maintenance on equipment
  • Pruning of trees and shrubs
  • Other duties as needed
Successful candidates will have
  • Experience in landscaping – 3-5 years
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Ability to work in a team
How to apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements on the Bush School website

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position does not fit your talents, please visit our website for additional openings.

All applications are appreciated and reviewed, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, or genetic information.  In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.

Production Inventory Assistant—DeGoede Brothers 11/28/17
Position Information

No of Openings:  1
Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday Day shift
Hours per Week:  40+
Wage/​Salary:  DOE
Employment Start Date:  12/1/2017

Job Description

This position reports to the Office Manager, Production Manager and Owner. This position is responsible for inventory related tasks including production forecasting data entry and in-depth inventory availability management.

Responsibilities

Production forecasting data entry and generating multiple reports as needed while assisting Production Manager.
Responsible for managing plant acknowledgments and crop folders.
Responsible for production related purchasing and tracking
Assist with inventory management and data entry.
Responsible for plant tag inventory, ordering and overall supervision of tag area.
Assist with company website maintenance.

Job Requirements

2+ years’ experience in IT and data entry to include knowledge of EAS, SQL and all Microsoft programs
Must possess and enjoy using your analytical skills
Ability to multi-task and stay organized
Must be a team player
Must be self-motivated in your area and possess the ability to prioritize work load.
Must be available to work extra hours as needed
Knowledge of plants a plus, bilingual a plus

Physical Requirements

Must be able to:
Sit/Stand/Walk 8+ hours per day
Lifting up to 20lbs occasionally, 30+lbs seldom
Bend consistently
Able to work in all weather conditions

Application Instructions

Submit resume by email to brenda@degoedebrothers.com

Internships

Internships offer valuable experience in a variety of fields. Updated weekly.

Go Natives! Nursery 11/28/17
Part-Time Internship at Native Plant Nursery

Go Natives! Nursery is a small family-owned native plant nursery in Shoreline, WA that has a inventory of over 100 species of NW native plants. We are looking for a part-time intern with the potential to be an entry-level employee at the nursery. Ideally this person can be available for additional hours, but will be limited to 10 hours per week over the winter. Hours will be concurrent with the Nursery Manager’s schedule, usually one morning during the week and one on Saturday. This is an excellent opportunity to learn native plant ID and basic nursery tasks, as well as maintaining a landscape that is a permaculture and low-maintenance model.

Initial needs at the nursery are weeding plants, general cleanup, and site maintenance. Assisting with potting up and labeling plants, checking plants after inclement weather, and maintenance of hoops will be additional tasks as they arise. Work will be initially supervised by the owner, Don Norman or the nursery manager, Chelsie Martell. Initial hours will be around 10 hours a week, starting at $12/hr, with raises at 6 and 9 months.

There are many future projects at the nursery could be internships for school work. These include:

  • Completing a rainwater bog
  • Helping construct a new SW facing drought tolerant garden
  • Assessing plant potting mixes for new species at the garden
  • Improving the plantings on the grounds

Contact Don at gonatives@gmail.com

Eshragi Nursery, LLC 11/1417

Eshraghi Nursery is a grower of woody ornamentals, specializing in Japanese maples and grafted conifers.  We produce both container and field grown material on 300 acres in Hillsboro, Oregon.  We are now offering paid work experience during the Spring season or just for the summer, dates are flexible.   This is for students studying agriculture, horticulture or related fields.  Our college internship provides hands-on work experience in all aspects of nursery production.  Work will rotate through all aspects of the nursery: field work (staking and weeding), Shipping, Propagation and Sales (data entry). Please contact Laurie Rogers-Roach, Propagation Manager, 503-628-8685 ext. 18, for more information.


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to the following:

Eshraghi Nursery, LLC
26985 SW Farmington Rd.
Hillsboro, OR. 97123
(503) 628-8685 office
(503) 628-1426 fax
arojas@eshraghinursery.com

The Cloud Mountain Farm 8/31/17

The Cloud Mountain Farm Center Intern Education Program is a rigorous integrated educational curriculum and work-based learning program. This program gives interns a hands-on, farm-based, full-immersion experience in agricultural production and management as well as a solid understanding of the big picture challenges that affect NW agriculture and the communities it serves by putting interns alongside permanent staff on a daily basis. Interns see first-hand what it takes to keep farmlands healthy and agricultural businesses thriving.

The three program goals are:

  • Exposure— Field trips, readings and discussions will present a variety of agricultural models and challenges to provide a picture of various farming opportunities through:
    • circumstance of resources
    • land
    • market
    • community
    • history of farming
    • labor practices
    • farming theories and philosophies
  • Entrepreneurial Development—Interns will make connections between their interest in agriculture, and models and systems which might best fulfill their future goals through:  
    • business planning
    • marketing
    • value added products
    • product development
    • enterprise budgets
    • sales
  • Technical Development—Interns will come away with hard skills and the ability to evaluate economic opportunities. This will include production of perennial, annual, and nursery systems, with some exposure to livestock/integrated systems. Some of the areas of focus are:
    • soil science
    • botany
    • irrigation
    • pest management
    • food safety
    • fertility management
    • purchasing and maintenance of tools
    • crop and rotation planning
    • cover-cropping
    • ecosystems management
    • whole-farm planning

Depending upon interests and experience interns may participate in a number of possible internship tracks offered through CMFC:

  • Onsite Internships: these interns can expect to work up to 32 hours a week
    • Food Production Internship
  • Interns working on-farm atCMFC get a well-rounded work experience in vegetables, orchards, vineyards, nursery production, and sales and customer service. 
    • Nursery Production Internship

Interns will gain experience primarily in plant propagation, field production, container production as well as customer service and sales, while still having the opportunity to work in orchards, vineyards, and vegetables when the season allows. 

Off-site Internships

Interns interested in focusing on other agricultural enterprises that CMFC does not have including livestock production, herb production, or CSA may be connected with one of our partner farms.  Further contact information will be given if this is requested. 

Internship Education Day participants

For individuals interested only in the classroom and field curriculum part of the program. This would be 1 day a week for 8-9 hours of education. See Continuing Education Units Section for more information.

The intern program averages one day a week where all interns will participate in classroom education, hands-on workshops, and field trips to other farms in the region. The curriculum gives interns the opportunity to explore agriculture through exposure to:

  • diverse agricultural systems
  • business management
  • skill development
  • business planning
  • marketing
  • social and environmental stewardship
  • development of technical skills related to soil science, botany, ecological pest management and resource management
Expectations

The CMFC internship program extends from mid-February through October. All interns will participate in a weekly education day, generally meeting at CMFC. All interns are expected to attend the weekly educational day. Preparation for the education day may include supplemental readings and additional planned exercises or relevant explorations into a subject.

In addition to the education day, onsite interns will spend up to 32 hours/week as production staff and perform farm and/or nursery duties as the season dictates.

Onsite interns – CMFC interns will be expected to follow all guidelines set forth in the employee personnel policy.  CMFC interns will be paid an hourly wage of $11.50 and will have the option to take up to 5 unpaid vacation days throughout the internship duration.

Off-site Interns –Those interns placed at partner farms will also work as part of a farm crew, with hours and duties established by the partner farm. Wages and living arrangements will be determined solely by the participant and the partner farm.

  1. A completed application form email jane@cloudmountainfarmcenter.org for application
  2. Your current resume: Education and work experience
  3. A list of 3 references.  At least two of them must be professional.  Please include their name, address, email and phone number.  Please do not ask them to send us a letter.