University of Utah Assistant Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens and Natural Area in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/26/2018

Requisition Number PRN17046B

Job Title Assistant Horticulturist

Working Title Assistant Horticulturist, Entrance Gardens and Natural Area

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Sunday through Thursday, evening shift may be required from April thru October

VP Area President

Department 00340 - Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 17.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking an Assistant Horticulturist to assist with all maintenance and care for our Entrance Gardens, Cottam’s Grove, Wildflower Meadow, Roof top gardens and Natural Areas.


This position will assist the Horticulturist in providing all care for the assigned areas. Assists in identifying, prioritizing and implementing required landscape maintenance and living plant collections care needs, with a strong focus on native and water wise plants and natural area management, while assuring that maintenance activities do not conflict with private and garden events. Assists in leading and training seasonal staff and volunteers. Duties also include pest management, noxious weed removal, trail maintenance, snow removal, event support and other duties as necessary to support the mission of Red Butte Garden.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate degree in Horticulture, Biology or a related field, or equivalency; 1 year of greenhouse and garden supervisory experience; a valid Utah State Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License; a general knowledge of plant identification and nomenclature; and specific knowledge of grounds and garden maintenance required. Demonstrated oral and written communications skills to deal effectively with a diverse clientele are also required.


Preferred: Bachelor degree in Horticulture or Botany; 2 years experience in horticulture with emphasis on native plants dryland gardening, and/or habitat restoration. Experience with trail maintenance. Demonstrated experience with landscape design. Ornamental turf, forests and Vertebrate control certification. General knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office. Valid Utah State non-commercial pesticide applicators license required within 6 months of hire.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.