Assistant Horticulturalist

September 15, 2020 8:20 AM | Anonymous

Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

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Are you looking for a fun seasonal position where you get to be outdoors and active?  Come join the Cincinnati Nature Center's conservation team and get paid to learn about horticulture, landscaping and maintaining beds, and the native plant propagation progra!  These positions are flexible in the number hours and the days in which the team members work.  The Nature Center is open 7 days a week and schedules are weather dependent.  Stewards can work as little as 3 - 5 hours a week or up to 15-20 hours per week.  Pay starts at $10/hour. We will work around day off and vacation requests.

No experience is necessary, however, a team attitude and willingness to learn is a must.  This position also has the opportunity to work with Citizen Science projects and prescribed burns if the candidate is interested.     

General Information

Position Title

Assistant Horticulturalist




Native Plant Propagation Program






Varies week to week and can include weekends




January 2020


With direction from Conservation Managers & Land Stewards, assist the Department of Conservation with execution of land management plans and native plant propagation program.  Executes all activities with the highest standards for safety, customer service, and in keeping with CNC Mission, Values, and Principles.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Assist with maintenance of all landscaped beds, consisting of: Nature PlayScape, Krippendorf Lodge, Groesbeck Lodge, Celebration Garden, Backyard Habitat Exhibit, Rowe Woods Visitor Center, Entry Gate, Entry Sign, additional areas at Long Branch Farm
  • Assist with design execution and transplanting of current and new landscaping areas
  • Assist with the installation of native habitat and pollinator gardens in the SW Ohio region
  • Assist the land manager with reintroduction of native plants and sowing of seeds into newly restored prairie and forest habitat
  • Assist with tree and seed plantings as needed
  • Assisting other departments with issues related to landscaping

Native Plant Propagation Program

  • Assist with maintenance of plants in the greenhouse and nursery
  • Assist with seed cultivation and propagation
  • Work with volunteers to educate and ensure proper procedures are utilized
  • Assist with the transportation of plants between the Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails

Additional Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with monitoring of wildlife populations including monarch butterflies, Eastern Blue Birds, butterflies, neotropical migrant birds, and other wildlife species as neede
  • Assist with prescribed burns as needed
  • Stationary and portable hand power tools
  • Hand tools and equipment such as chain saws, loppers, shovels, axes, or other tools may be used
  • When appropriate, required safety equipment will include eye and ear protection as well as respirator masks, due to occasional exposure to herbicides when necessary to carry out duties

Education and Competencies

  • Successful candidates will have basic naturalist skills and a background in the use of equipment related to land management and landscaping
  • The ability to interact with the Nature Center’s guests, volunteers, and other staff in a pleasant manner
  • Punctuality and dependability are a must
  • Flexibility will be essential and other duties may be me assigned as available
  • Ability to stay positive and friendly when conditions are harsh or uncomfortable (e.g., rain, heat, cold)
  • The ability to work well on a team, but flexibility to work independently with little supervision.
  • Must be available evenings and weekends
  • Possess a valid driver’s license if there is a need to operate a company vehicle or RTV
  • Candidates who have acquired or are in the process of acquiring a bachelor’s degree in one of the life sciences is preferred\
  • Must pass BCI/FBI background checks and remain current on First Aid/CPR certification
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information

Computer Skills

  • Proficient using word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Experience with MS Office products

Work Environment

  • The work is performed on-site, outside in a nature preserve, as well as indoors, on occasion
  • Local travel may be required. Some travel to regional conferences may be required. When a Nature Center vehicle is not available, the use of personal vehicle (reimbursed at IRS recommended rate) may be needed for Cincinnati Nature Center business.

Physical Demands

This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.

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