Job Listing: Horticulturist
Gunston Hall - Mason Neck, Virginia
Closes - Open until filled
Position Title – Horticulturist
Salary - range is $50-60,000
Job Type - Full time Exempt
Apply - send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Martin, Director of Education and Guest Experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Gunston Hall’s horticulturist, you will have the rare opportunity to help recreate an 18th-century garden and to share it with the public. Your efforts developing, maintaining, and teaching with the one-acre space will contribute to outstanding experiences for visitors to this historic site.
You will work with a passionate team of professionals, collaborating with educators, the curator, the archaeologist, and volunteers.
Gardening: The horticulturist
● Takes the lead role in all garden and historic landscape work at Gunston Hall.
● Will complete the implementation of the riverside garden planting plan.
● Maintains the riverside garden, including planting, pruning, replacing, harvesting, seed collecting related to a variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, trees, and shrubs.
● Identifies, controlling, and treating weeds, diseases, and pests.
Working with others: The horticulturist
● Maintains and expands the volunteer corps; directly supervising volunteer and contractor gardeners, while fostering a climate of teamwork.
● Establishes a safe workplace for all those helping in the gardens.
● Fulfills requests for produce for museum programs.
● Cultivates and maintains professional relationships with other historic gardens and greenhouse facilities to exchange ideas and information.
● Prepares the annual horticulture budget and work plan.
Supporting the mission: The horticulturist
● Conducts research on Gunston Hall’s gardens, plants, and landscapes.
● Provides tours of the historic gardens and historic landscapes.
● Interacts with visitors to help create a welcoming and learning environment..
● Serves as the authority on Gunston Hall’s horticultural efforts, representing these initiatives and work to visitors, donors, the media, and the general public.
● B.S. degree in agricultural sciences, horticulture, or a closely related field.
● Two to three years of progressive experience at a historic site, park, or comparable facility.
● Understanding of the principles, theories, and best practices of horticulture and landscape management.
● Commitment to and success in engaging and educating the public.
● Ability to establish and maintain strong lines of communication.
● Ability to safely operate a variety of hand tools and gas-powered equipment, including shears, blowers, chain saws, tractors, string trimmers, loaders, and trucks.
● Ability to obtain a Virginia pesticide applicator’s license.
● Must be available to work weekends, holidays and evenings as needed.
● Ability to lift 30 lbs.
● Ability to work outdoors for long periods in various weather conditions.
This position is full-time, salaried, and classified as exempt. The salary range is $50-60,000. Benefits include paid annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, a retirement plan, and a discount in the museum shop. Additional benefits of employment at Gunston Hall include opportunities to enjoy 554 acres of outdoor recreational and environmental amenities along the Potomac River, an organizational commitment to wellness and personal fulfillment, access to comprehensive professional development programs, and the opportunity to collaborate with a creative, innovative, and fun team of individuals who are all enthusiastically committed to the organization, our mission, and to each other’s success. Performance will be evaluated based on the achievement of collaboratively determined team and personal goals specific to the requirements of the position. The horticulturist works under the direct supervision of the director of education and guest experiences.
The mission of Gunston Hall is to stimulate the exploration and understanding of the principles expressed by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a National Historic Landmark, Gunston Hall was built from 1755-1759. The almost 6000-acre plantation was the home of George and Ann Mason, their children, and hundreds of enslaved people, indentured servants, wage workers, and tenant farmers. Today, the site strives to tell the stories of these diverse people and how their stories contribute to our greater American narrative. The physical plant includes the house called Gunston Hall; five reconstructed outbuildings; a visitor center with a museum, event facility, and museum shop; an on-going restoration of the 18th-century gard