Horticulture Specialist

Horticulture Specialist

Position Title: Horticulture Specialist
Reporting Department: Horticulture Department
Reporting Supervisor: Horticulture Manager
Location: Minnetrista Campus
Length of Appointment: Year Around
Status: Non-exempt – Full time

This position will be responsible for providing support and labor in all gardens and natural areas throughout Minnetrista’s campus. This position reports to the Horticulture Manager


  • Must have at least 2 years work experience in the field of Horticulture or Natural Resources, or the equivalent academic experience.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Must demonstrate a history of working independently and in a group setting.
  • Must be able and willing to operate manual transmission vehicles and a wide range of horticultural equipment or be willing to receive training.
  • Requires the ability to learn quickly and retain information.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and the general public.
  • Requires the ability to work with diverse groups of staff and volunteers in a positive and professional manner.
  • Dependability and ability to prioritize re necessary.
  • A basic ability to use computers and Microsoft Office is necessary.
  • GIS software knowledge is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of plant identification is a plus.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

To be happy and successful in this position, an individual must be personally aligned with Minnetrista’s cultural values and visitor-centric focus. S/he should be able to ensure effective working relationships by cultivating and maintaining professional credibility with all staff, administration, and volunteers. The individual should demonstrate maturity, sound judgement, a good sense of humor, and be energized by working collaboratively with peers and colleagues throughout the organization and community.

Minnetrista’s culture is team-oriented and collaborative. To that end, all positions include the following three performance standards:

  • Your first priority and responsibility is to achieve the organization’s purpose. In other words, you in particular are responsible for considering Minnetrista’s vision, values, mission, goals and strategies within your daily routines.
  • Your second priority and responsibility is to help others achieve the organization’s purpose.
  • Your third priority and responsibility is to carry out your job function.

A significant portion of your responsibilities as Horticulture Specialist will include care and maintenance of the gardens at Minnetrista. You will work with volunteers and seasonal gardeners of varying backgrounds and experience. You will be a coach, teacher, and trainer, bringing the work plans of the day to completion.

In your assigned gardens you will directly support the Horticulture Manager to identify needed maintenance and suggest improvements. You will be expected to prioritize and manage the work load independently which includes the application of chemicals as needed and appropriate.

Responsibilities and expectations will include:

  • Participate in cross-functional departmental teams to achieve Minnetrista’s goals and the goals of the Horticulture Department.
  • Greet and interact with visitors on-site and provide exceptional customer service by providing information about the institution and its events and by answering garden inquiries.
  • Assist in the implementation of institutional events.
  • Follow all safety protocols and use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensure PPE use by all seasonal gardeners and volunteers.
  • Assist in interpretation of the gardens and participate in outreach and educational workshops as assigned.
  • Willingness to perform all other labor-related duties as required.

The need and opportunity to continually learn and grow your horticulture knowledge is a high priority in this position. You will be responsible for your own independent research in identified areas of need that is expected to improve your ability to achieve success in your job functions and to support the Horticulture Manager in long-term management choices. Within first year of employment, must receive Core and Category 3A or 6 Pesticide Training.

Work setting is outdoors on a year-round basis. Indoors, a desk and computer are provided. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.The organization will need coverage by the horticulture department seven days a week based on assigned operating hours. You will be expected to work within this time frame. Since Minnetrista accommodates numerous public programs and events, all staff are required to provide coverage as needed, day and night, seven days a week. Frequent mandatory work schedule changing, with limited notice, is to be expected.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Apply Online

Or mail your cover letter and resume to:


Attn: Human Resources Manager

1200 N. Minnetrista Pkwy.

Muncie, IN 47303-2925

*If you encounter an issue while applying online please email jjoseph@minnetrista.net

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