Lockerly Arboretum is looking for an enthusiastic, plant loving team player to serve as our Horticulturist. 

Job Description:
Lockerly Arboretum seeks a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for plants to serve as our Horticulturist.  This position reports to the Executive Director and is an integral part of a team-focused approach to developing and achieving ambitious goals.  The Horticulturist must embrace a challenge, have a strong work ethic, and be a strategic thinker with a “can-do” attitude.  As a key public face of Lockerly Arboretum, the Horticulturist will build relationships with volunteers and visitors, and be a passionate advocate for the organization and our collections.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the annual departmental operating budget and evaluates programs and projects to ensure maximum cost effectiveness.
  • Participates in the development, review and implementation of Arboretum procedures to ensure the grounds and plant collections are consistently maintained at the highest possible standards.
  • Administers the Collections Management Program to ensure that our plant collections are planned, creatively designed and planted, developed, maintained.
  • Ensures that best horticultural practices are applied in Arboretum maintenance via the Maintenance Plan.
  • Supports all efforts to enhance the visitor experience by planning and implementing new strategies and programs to engage visitors in horticulture.
  • Supports institutional events and programs, serves as an active participant on committees.
  • Write occasional articles for the Arboretum’s newsletter.
  • Work with the Education Programs Coordinator to plan horticulture specific demonstrations, programs and tours.
  • Work with our Dirt Digger volunteer groups to support the horticulture goals of Lockerly.
  • Supports peers and staff in achieving overall institutional goals.
  • Serves as an external representative of the organization and as a liaison with key organizations to support achieving Lockerly’s goals.

Education and Experience:

  • 2 or 4 year Degree in Horticulture or related discipline. Equivalent experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.
  • Required: Team player, proficiency in MS Office, greenhouse systems, accession records/database management.
  • Preferred but not required: knowledge of GIS, irrigation systems, grounds maintenance equipment.


  • Vacation includes 10 holidays, 8 days of sick leave and 10 days of vacation.
  • Lockerly matches 3% of employee salary to a Simple IRA account.
  • Lockerly pays 75% towards Health Insurance for full time employees.

Work Conditions:
This is a full time position, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening/weekend meetings and events.  Candidates must have a valid driver’s license.  Finalists will submit to a background check.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to jenniferpollard@lockerly.org.  No phone calls, please.

Deadline:  Open Until Filled