Horticulturalist

Mill Creek, Washington, United States Full-time

ABOUT THE COMPANY

N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes is a progressive, woman-owned and operated business that was founded in 2000, located in Woodinville, WA.  We specialize in creating environmentally sound landscapes in the greater Seattle area.  Using permaculture, ecological design and sustainable construction, our aim is to integrate people and the land, creating highly functional and beautiful garden spaces.  Our passion and mission is to preserve the natural ecological balance in the great Pacific Northwest, to ensure a healthy regenerative living environment for generations to come.  A few of the elements that are often included in the spaces we create:

  • Food – Edible gardening (annual and perennial systems)
  • Native plants
  • Wildlife habitat – including pollinators
  • Rainwater catchment and absorption strategies
  • Artful hardscaping – patios, pathways, woodwork, waterfeatures
  • Sacred space for meditation or healing
  • Recycled/salvaged materials

We also offer organic landscape maintenance for our clients and those who wish to transition their gardens into ecological landscapes.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Staff Horticulturalist is responsible for developing and managing the plans and budgets necessary to ensure that our clients' exceptional landscapes thrive.  Once we begin caring for a landscape, the Staff Horticulturalist monitors the condition of the site on an ongoing basis and provides direction to the maintenance teams to ensure the landscape continues to thrive. This position also includes care of N.W. Bloom nursery - procured stock, propagated material, and plant orphanage.

 

DUTIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Communicates with clients on a daily basis and provides excellent customer service
  • Ensure top-quality work is being done, using current sustainable horticultural practices.  This requires working with and checking on crews to make sure work is being performed in a timely and efficient manner to company standards.
  • Conducts before-and-after inspections, and offers valuable and proactive suggestions/improvements.
  • Assist crews with whatever assistance is needed. This includes all aspects of general labor, bringing materials or equipment to the job site.
  • Trains new team members, as well as existing team members on new horticultural practices.
  • Ensure the completion of daily time sheets and job site reports for assigned projects.
  • Maintain impeccable records of work and services performed for clients in our customer database, Jobber.
  • Supports the Project Manager in administrative and client communications functions.
  • Identifies plants, trees, or shrub issues.
  • Sets and monitors irrigation clocks as needed.
  • Operates vehicles safely and oversees proper safety equipment usage
  • Completes inventory and vehicle inspections, as well as paperwork on any accidents and reports them to management.
  • Drives and maintains work trucks as needed.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, AND KNOWLEDGE

Below are the desired qualifications and experience of our ideal candidate:

  • Knowledge of all grounds maintenance activities including fertilizer, organic applications, operating irrigation systems, maintaining shrubs, trees, lawns, and plants, new and replacement shrubs, trees, ground cover, and flowers.
  • Has experience and knowledge of general labor and material costs.
  • Possesses a passion for landscaping and working outdoors
  • Is knowledgeable in basic landscaping quality standards as well as best practice methodology in all aspects of landscape maintenance.
  • Specialized knowledge of permaculture systems a plus
  • 3 Years of Professional Landscape Experience
  • 2 Years of Client Service Experience
  • A college degree in a related field such as landscaping or horticulture is helpful
  • Proactive experience managing budgets and schedules
  • Is fully committed to organic maintenance practices
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Skill using Google Drive for Sheets and Docs, especially as relates to building and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrates common sense/good judgment when solving problems.
  • Able to walk extensively and lift/move heavy objects (leverage 80lbs; carry up to 50lbs)
  • Possess a driver's license valid in the State of Washington with a good driving record.
  • Possesses a strong work ethic and enjoys working and interacting with the public as well as the crews.
  • Responsible, accountable, and knows how to follow directions.
  • Reliable on a consistent basis through attendance and leading by example.
  • Takes a sense of ownership of their work and responsibilities.

 

WORKING SCHEDULE

  • During peak season, generally works four (4) ten (10) hour days
  • During off season when days are shorter, works five (5) eight (8) hour days
  • During adverse weather conditions, is able to be flexible and is receptive to short-notice change in scheduling.

 

COMPENSATION

  • Salaried position; $32,000-$36,000 to start, DOE
  • Paid-time off available
  • Health insurance reimbursement of $120 per month available after 90-days of employment
  • Tuition assistance up to $1,200 per year for approved continuing education classes

 

WORK LOCATION

Our workshop is located in Mill Creek, but we perform work all over King and Snohomish counties.  The staff horticulturalist will typically check into the shop at the start of the day to gather supplies and meet the crew, but every day will be a little different.

 

TO APPLY

Please complete our online job application below.

WEBSITE

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