Bok Tower Gardens
  • 25-Feb-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Horticulture
  • Full Time

TITLE: Lead Gardener

CLASSIFICATION: Full Time / Hourly / Non-exempt


To perform general gardening duties to maintain the integrity and beauty of the Gardens and grounds. To be responsible for the care and cultivation of assigned garden area, which includes annual and perennial plantings, pathways, water bodies, lawns, wildlife, and garden furnishings. To understand gardening practices and plant materials appropriate for the nature of the Gardens. To work independently or in a team effort towards the goal of garden maintenance and preservation.


The successful candidate is a highly-organized individual with a good eye for excellent care and management of the grounds. (S) he will perform general gardening duties in order to maintain the integrity and beauty of the Gardens and grounds, including:

  • Pruning and maintenance of the main gardens, shrub borders, hedges and other garden plantings
  • Planting and care of annual and perennial beds and containers
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of plants and planting locations
  • Lawn mowing & care, tree work, leaf removal and irrigation systems
  • General upkeep of the grounds, garden buildings, and equipment.
  • Supervision of assigned volunteer staff
  • Assist in other areas of the Gardens, as needed


  • Significant horticultural education, training, and "hands on" experience of at least ten years:
  • FNGLA certification required within first year of hire.
  • At least 5 years' experience in estate or public gardening, supported by outstanding references
  • Expertise in shrub and hedge pruning
  • Good familiarity with operating irrigation systems
  • Excellent professional references


  • Interest in and willingness to learn Central Florida horticulture and the aesthetic ethic of the Gardens
  • Ability to operate various types of power equipment (lawnmower, front-end loader, tractors, etc.)
  • Practical knowledge of the use and basic maintenance of garden equipment
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to understand and interpret instruction to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical work outside in the Florida weather year-round
  • Ability to lift at least 60 lbs


  • Continual or prolonged periods of time standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching, crouching, and lifting
  • Continuous communication and/or interaction with staff, volunteers, visitors, and management
  • Occasional weekend (once per month with scheduled weekday off for weekend duty), and/or holiday work required to meet departmental deadlines or to provide staff support for BTG special events
  • Working outside in the Florida weather year-round
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